I thought I’d expand the focus of food regions. I’m a big fan of the "Nine Nations of North America" by Joel Garreau, where he contends North America is really 9 regions joined by economic and cultural ties. I wonder if the same concept applies to food.
Where I live is a poster child for Ecotopia, for instance. One of his main ideas is that State borders are not true pictures of cultural boundries, and I think that certainly applies to food. I wonder how much has changed in 25 or so years since Mr. Garreau advanced his premise. Census figures say minorities are moving beyond their traditional enclaves. What do you think? Does your area match your food, grown and restaurant, or is where you live a changing quilt? Myself, I think we’re all a mix of old traditions and new concepts. http://www.garreau.com/nnna.html
…and it appears Mr. Garreau likes Q, at least based on his link to this: http://www.storysouth.com/winter2003/bbqframe.html