Rediscover the flavors and traditions of true American
The following information, history, and recipes come
from my cookbook called
I'll Have What They're Having: Legendary Local Cuisine.
American Regional Cuisine articles by
What's Cooking America.
This section of my web site is a celebration of one of the world's greatest cuisines - American.
It tells the
story of what Americans eat and why. Many people think that American food has
become homogenized and nationalized, but the following articles,
history, and recipes show that American regional cuisine is very much alive.
It has expanded to include new and exciting foods and dishes that we
now call our own. Most of us grow up taking local specialties for
granted. It is when we move away that we realize our beloved dish is
missing and just how much we enjoyed it. Even if we can find it in
other others of the country, it never tastes quite as good as when
we had it in our hometown.
The United States first developed as distinct
regions isolated from one another, much like individual countries.
New immigrants tended to settle according to nationality, forming
tight urban and rural communities with strong threads of languages
and cuisines. In each region, the people brought with them their
customs and adapted them to indigenous food and ingredients.
Americans have taken Old World cuisines and combined them with
regional ingredients and traditions to create foods uniquely
American. Local restaurants have kept most regional cuisine alive.
Throughout this country, local eateries revive and continue to
redesign classic regional dishes.
It has been a challenge to search out the origins of
the foods we eat and their culinary histories and traditions.
Together, the recipes and stories tell a wonderful tale. Let us
also discover cooking trends and culinary fads and fashions of
These pages are a "work in progress," and it will take me some time to
completely finish the different regions. If you have any regional
foods that I have left out, please let me know. I welcome your
input, history, and family recipes. Check out the following
regions of the United States (just click on the below underlined
Alabama - Arkansas - Florida - Georgia - Mississippi
California - Hawaii - Nevada
Illinois - Indiana - Michigan - Minnesota -
Ohio - Wisconsin
Delaware - Maryland - New Jersey -
New York - Pennsylvania -
District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)
Iowa - Kansas - Missouri - Nebraska -
North Dakota - Oklahoma - South Dakota
NOTE: I need help here.
Connecticut - Maine - Massachusetts - New Hampshire - Rhode Island - Vermont
Alaska - Oregon - Washington
Idaho - Montana
Kentucky - North Carolina - South Carolina - Tennessee - Virginia -West Virginia
Arizona - New Mexico - Texas - Utah
Louisiana - Mississippi