T&P SCIENCE JOURNAL
Edition I: Feb. 22, 2008
"You are what you eat."
The Food & Culture section of our Food Science website explores the wonderful world of food and culture. Importantly, we explore "the innovative premise that everything to do with food, including its capture, cultivation, preparation and consumption, represents a cultural act” (Montanari, M., 2007. Food is Culture).u
It is widely believed that foods are intrinsically cultural – what and how we eat are essentially defined by our cultural, regional, ethnic, as well as national backgrounds. The complex recipe of food selection and food preparation, with social and demographic aspects of a group’s history distinguishes cultural flavors.
America represents a wide variety of cultures and an equally diverse menu of foods. Each community, through generations, has contributed to the evolution of the American diet. Unfortunately, people have associated “Fast Food” as representative of all American food.
Fusion cuisine is a new twist to an old phenomenon, cultural fusion. People today, have access to a wider variety of prepared food products and a blending of flavors at stores, restaurants, and open markets. More so, healthy recipes fusing Eastern and Western flavors dominate the scene. Presently, average people learn how to prepare cross-cultural fares from cable shows, such as Good Eats with Alton Brown on The Food Network .
© 2008 Raymond Kram, Inc.