This thread, which discusses student complaints about cultural appropriation and ethnic foods in Oberlin College’s dining halls, got me to wondering:
If the goal is to serve food that hasn’t been culturally appropriated, then what food would that be?
What foods are uniquely American? This will be hard to define, I know, but you can certainly argue your case for whatever food you care to nominate.
I suspect we’d all agree that pizza is right out, for example. But what about the California roll? Depending on who you talk to, it’s believed to have been invented in California - but by a Japanese chef. So is it uniquely American? Or is it just a lame imitation of traditional Japanese cuisine? Dunno. If it’s not uniquely American, then what is? Even classic southern barbeque is a mutation of native Caribbean cuisine.
Fried chicken? Maybe not.
So what are the nominees?