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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 .

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.  Although each culture serves its own staple dishes, further investigation into food origins would reveal cultural fusion.  Borrowing, sharing, and stealing recipes date beyond recorded history.  One example, the Ice Man of the < xml="true" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" prefix="st1" namespace="">Alps, the 10,000-year-old mummy, revealed a divers collection of foodstuffs in his pouch from a wide range.  Another example of cultural fusion of foods can be seen in the development of pasta from noodles, curry from India to Caribbean cuisine, the hamburger from the Mongols to Germany to McDonalds.

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