[Sca-cooks] Weird American food?

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Thu Jul 17 16:02:13 PDT 2008

On Jul 17, 2008, at 5:58 PM, Stefan li Rous wrote:

> Adamantius commented:
> <<< Agreed. Luckily for the manufacturers of these products, there are
> millions upon millions of people in the world who don't give a hoot
> what Americans think is bizarre or tasty. And considering some of the
> things Americans don't think bizarre and do think tasty, this might
> not be such a bad deal for anyone... >>>
> So, what are some of the foods that Americans tend to think tasty  
> that other cultures tend to think are bizarre?

Apart from virtually the entire fast food industry?

How about American lager beer?
Jello? Especially Jello with stuff in it?
Unbaked cheesecakes, also often made with Jello?
Pasta served with gallons of sauce and meatballs?
A 32-ounce steak for dinner?
Hamburger Helper?
Thick gravy, sometimes served with meals without an obvious gravy- 
generating component?
Sugar in virtually every prepared convenience food, unless, of course,  
it is high-fructose corn syrup?
Until quite recently, hamburgers?

These are randomly chosen examples, I'm sure I could think of plenty  
more with a little effort. And, of course, acceptance changes over  
time, and then changes again,  often more to make people overseas seem  
more American, which for various reasons seems like the thing to do,  
but is probably not because people are thinking, "Whatever would our  
culture have come to without the Big Mac???"


"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls,  
when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's  
			-- Rabbi Israel Salanter

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