“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are”. This oft-quoted maxim of the nineteenth-century philosopher and gastronome, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, posits an on the spot correlation between foodways and identity. In a narrow sense, ethnic food is deﬁned as food originating from the heritage and culture of an ethnic group who use their knowledge of local ingredients.
Authentic Cuisine and Ethnic Food
In the USA “Authentic Food” is that the history of how immigrants within the food industry have shaped American notions of excellent taste.
The waves of Greek and Italian immigrants who came around beginning within the 1880s were once considered ethnics. They became independent from the dominant Anglo-American culture. But now Italian food is America’s most well-liked “ethnic” cuisine.
That the items we eat can say an excellent understanding of us. Who we are, where we came from, our current social, cultural, economic, and nonsecular circumstances, and what our aspirations may be.
Foods of different religions are also ethnic food. At a church supper, food is the focus of an event that brings people together for social and spiritual interchange. A church supper has a much bigger sense than salads and hamburgers with casseroles. Traditional Buddhist cuisine, Christian cuisine, and Muslim cuisine are also in the category of ethnic food.
How we value a culture’s cuisine in our society, often reflects the status of these who cook it.
Ethnic Cuisine in a Multicultural Setting
We demand from “ethnic” cuisine the authenticity. But we live in a multicultural setting. Without understanding ethnic food and its origins, including the people, culture, and region from which it comes, it is difﬁcult to talk about authentic cuisine.
It is not uncommon to have two sets of grandparents of two different nationalities or even parents of two different ethnic backgrounds. The daughter of a Norwegian-American father and a British-American mother, for example, may identify with either or both of her ethnic traditions. After her marriage to an Italian American, she may learn to cook foods from his family traditions. And, in addition, she may also love Mexican and Oriental foods. She is of mixed ethnic background, and she is also an American. What is her “ethnic cuisine”?
Immigrants sooner or later learn that “Americans” do not eat the same things in the same ways as they themselves do. Thus the common food that first-generation settlers considered everyday sustenance gradually takes on new tastes. It is special, it is different, it sets them apart from other groups. In contrast to what surrounding peoples are eating, it has become “traditional” or “ethnic” food.
People from various countries are eager to introduce their own ethnic food to people from around the world. The research of ethnic food and authentic cuisine around the world is our mission.
Our dreams about that more people can become aware of unique cuisines, and also experience them. We have the capacity to achieve a better understanding of cultural differences, history, and food, and ultimately each other.