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American food is sort of hard to define, because basically we all came from other countries and brought our foods with us. So you could argue that American food is only slightly modified food from other countries. But I disagree...
But the most Noth American food is Junk food or fast food; i think hamburger is similar to a sandwich, the only thing that changes is the meat and that's all; it's just mu opinion. i prefer the food of my country(Colombia: Ajiaco,Coconut rice, Carantanta;Pandebono), the Italian (Pasta,Pizza,Peperoni,Capellini,Panzerotti), the Mexican food (chili,tacos,burritos...), Spanish food (paella..).
As an Australian, I also suffer from a similar case of (culinary) identity crisis. I never have any idea what how to respond when people ask me about "Australian" food. We eat a lot of the same things as Americans (eg. burgers..pies.) but I wouldn't really label it "Australian".
My conclusion is that Australia doesn't really have a strong gastronomical culture and that food isn't really embodied in our culture. Having said that, fresh produce (meat, fruits, vegetables, seafood etc) here is all very good, but we don't have the tradition/history of concocting culinary works of genius like the French!
We often feel very sophisticated when eating a simply (but delicious) piece of steak.
Diane, my American friends who live in Prague have a special contest for the best burger. They rate burges in different places. It is very interesting because they proved that what is the most expensive, does not have to be the best. Thank you for the article.
I agree with Kiyama, the whole world's cuisine is a bit mixed up now! With globalization, everything is accessible. But one thing I noticed is: international food doesn't taste the same everywhere! Chinese food in Canada and in England is different. It's been adapted to local taste. Also, there is slight differences favorite iternational food. In England, there are a lot of Kebab shop, Indian restaurant and Chinese take away. In Canada, there is more italian restaurant, though chinese and thai are popular too.
Even big franchises like KFC are slightly different depending on where you are on the globe. In Canada, KFC's chips rule, they have a cripy coating and I LOVE the fluorescent green coleslaw and macaroni salad. In the UK, they serve weird things like corn on the cob, bake beans, normal (boring) coleslaw and no macaroni salad :-(. Oh and they chips are limp and horrible like those from McD. By the way I think battered Fried chicken is probably another big American classic.
I really like some american chains like (of course) KFC, but also Kripy Kreme, TGIFriday, Arby's... I like McD to some extend. I usually stick to filet-o-fish and milkshake, Egg McMuffin and harsh brown. When I was young I had pancakes at McD once and I still dream of them: thick and soaked with syrup. Lush. But I read Sue Grafton's book and sometimes I think I should try a quarter pound.... but really, MY burgers are the best ;-) I add garlic powder and cayenne pepper to the beef, one egg and some breadcrumb I flavour with mixed herbs.... (salivating right now).
My favorite American food is top sirloin steak from Omaha Steaks that has been marinated in Jack Daniel's Whiskey and well-cooked on the grill. :P