Considering the way things are today in the food world in America, I’d have to guess that ethnic food here would have to be pot roast, cheeseburgers and apple pie.
Intrigued by High Springs Gator’s assertion that Southern" American Food is an ethnic variety, I wondered what makes an ethnic food?
Is it anything we didn’t grow up eating? Is is any cuisine from a different Country or racial/ethnic group we aren’t part of?
As Asphalt says in that thread: "I’m not sure what is ethnic. Growing up and living again in Southeastern New England, Italian (at least Italian American red sauce cooking) is most certainly not ethnic, it’s as standard as burgers or a roast."
As for me, I grew up eating BBQ, Mexican, and Italian which were always there in KC.
Never thought of them as foreign or exotic. Chinese (no other Asian in the 50’s)
and German, were
our "Ethnic" cuisines….at least as far as eating out goes,
and as HSG asserts-lots of Southern American food(Father from Texas and mother from Missouri/Kansas) both at home and eating out.
So my question is: What does Ethnic mean in the USA?
What Is Ethnic Food in 2008 America?
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