United States of Mmmerica: Conclusion

In concluding this series on the cuisine of the United States, we will recap what we have discovered in our exploration of cuisine, both by region and by dish. The United States of Mmmerica series started a discourse to find an answer to the question, “What is American cuisine?” Though it seems like a simple [...]

United States of Mmmerica: Cuisine of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is a region known for its seafood, and its healthy, fresh, and local foods. The Pacific Northwest of the United States, for our purposes, includes the states of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Both Oregon and Washington are part of Cascadia, the region that is situated in the Cascade Mountain Range, and are [...]

United States of Mmmerica: Cuisine of California

The cuisine of California is characterized by fresh produce and fusions, from the fertile Salinas Valley, known as the salad bowl of the United States, to the wine countries across the state, and the vast diversity of urban areas like Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. The health-conscious culture paired with the abundance [...]

United States of Mmmerica: Cuisine of the Southwest

Southwestern cuisine was created at the confluence of Spanish, Mexican, and Native American cultures, which took place especially in the region of New Mexico, but also in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and California. The rustic cuisine that formed has become iconic of the U.S. Southwest, with many similarities to Mexican food and its [...]

United States of Mmmerica: Cuisine of Florida

The cuisine of Florida is one of the exotic styles of food in the United States, and is as diverse as the people  who live there, with strong influences from the rest of the South, Latin America, and the Caribbean. A history of immigration from its nearby neighbors like Cuba and the Bahamas, has created [...]

United States of Mmmerica: Creole and Cajun Cuisine

Louisiana is home to two unique types of cuisine: Creole and Cajun. Though Creole and Cajun are often grouped together, they are two distinct types of food that evolved separately. Louisiana Creole was created by the blend of various cultures, especially the French and Spanish, but also influenced by Portuguese, Italian, Native American, and African [...]

United States of Mmmerica: Cuisine of Chicago

Chicago, the largest city in the Midwest and third largest in the nation, is home to a large concentration of Poles, Italians, Germans and many other ethnic groups, who settled in the city because of its many opportunities and made the city what it is today. Polish immigrants are an especially large part of Chicago’s [...]

United States of Mmmerica: More Midwestern Cuisine

Midwestern cuisine has been influenced by immigrants from several parts of Europe, especially Britain, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. The early British settlers paired their homeland specialties with the available foods of the region, resulting in mild-flavored meat-and-potatoes dishes, which have become a symbol that represents all-American cuisine. The later waves of immigrants came from Germany, [...]