Sunday, October 31, 2010
The Reality of "Ethnic Food"
It seems that most of the things we think of as "ethnic food", from fajitas to egg rolls to chicken tikka masala, is about as ethnic as a Jack in the Box. This Houston Press article takes a popular survey of how Texans describe the typical food from various countries, where they overlap with respondents from those countries, and the often-huge disconnect between them. It's interesting to see our very popular and largely unchallenged conceptions of ethnic food rocked to their core. Also a challenge to the more adventurous among us to try some of those daily foods, from Indian roti to German pfaankuchen, that have yet to breach the American culinary radar.