I recently stumbled onto a new website- American Food Roots. This website was started by 4 journalists who wanted to address the question of “why we eat what we eat.” In true journalistic fashion, they present amazing histories and dissect recipes that define our nation.
Why dig up the roots of American food? Because that’s how we know who we are. Through food, we celebrate our heritage – regional, religious, ethnic, political, familial. We cook and eat to connect with family and friends, as well as with ancestors we never knew. Is there a holiday or special occasion without a feast? No. Sushi and tacos are now as common as meatloaf and mashed potatoes were for earlier generations. Lemongrass is a supermarket staple. We may eat artisanal cheese rather than Velveeta, but there’s still room for pimiento spread and a good cheese ball.
They have begun populating their website with local/state/regional recipes and stories. One in particular drew me in and I thought I would share the great foodie reading material. This story discusses the cultivation of wild rice in Minnesota, and its historical significance to the Ojibway Indians.
They are seeking out more stories and recipes, and have asked for contributions from everyday Americans. I plan on submitting my marionberry thumbprint cookie recipe soon! Do you have any meals that you consider to be local traditions?