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What is Americanized food?

What is Americanized food?

I believe American cuisine to be any item that was forged in America. This includes items done with techniques or ingredients from other cultures that have been placed in the culinary crucible and then forged into an original American creation. In other words, a sum of its parts.

What determines authenticity for an ethnic cuisine?

What exactly defines “authentic” when it comes to ethnic dishes and just how far does an operator have to go to claim authenticity? Those factors include the ingredients in a dish, the equipment used to prepare the food, the dishware it’s served upon and the decor of the establishment.

What is considered American cuisine?

Foods born out of “Down South” traditions have become American standards. Whether fried chicken, biscuits, chicken and dumplings, chicken-fried steak and gravy, fried green tomatoes, or shrimp and grits, these dishes are popular from California to Maine.

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Why do we Americanize food?

Food both transmits and preserves culture. But globalization and immigration have caused traditional foods to become more palatable in the United States; immigrants hope to retain their cultural roots while also assimilating to American culture.

How is Chinese food Americanized?

Chinese immigrants first came to America by way of San Francisco during the gold rush. Nearly all of them were from one part of the country: the rural districts of Toishan outside of the city of Guangdong (then known as Canton; hence, Cantonese food). Nearly all of them were men.

What makes a dish authentic?

The word authentic is used to describe an object that is not false or copied, it is genuine and real. Authentic food is food (or drink) that exactly meets its description and also meets a person’s reasonable assumption of its character.

What defines ethnic food?

Broadly speaking, ethnic foods are defined by others outside of the respective ethnic groups as cuisines originating from the heritage and culture of specific ethnic groups. For example, Chinese food, Mexican food, Italian food, etc., are only considered to be ethnic foods outside of their respective countries.

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What is one example of a food that has been Americanized and how has it been changed from the original more authentic version?

Macaroni and cheese, the first Italian dish to be widely accepted has now been extremely americanized to boxed mac and cheese and this has been the case for many other authentic Italian dishes.