Eating in America - a Cultural Survey Essay

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Matthias Vorhauer Matricula Number: 2549142 Markus Nowatzki Matricula Number: 2595261 University of Technology, Dresden Date: 1/7/2003 Eating in America A Cultural Survey A GLC Project Paper Tutor and Guide: David Hintz Material collected in summer term 2000 Essay written in winter term 2000/2001 “There is no American food. When we begin to list American foods, either we talk about regional things like lobster or shrimp Creole, or we talk about spaghetti and pizza and hot dogs... One could argue it's what makes us great. The fact that we don't have a cuisine is a measure of our democracy and of our ethnic heterogeneity.” Sidney Mintz, Anthropologist 2 I Content I CONTENT.................................................................................................................................. 3 II INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................... 4 III CULTURE MAKES A DIFFERENCE ............................................................................... 6 III.1 ON TODAY’S DISTINCTIONS .................................................................................................. 6 III.2 H ISTORICAL REASONS.......................................................................................................... 7 III.3 M ODERN MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC OPINION ......................................................................... 8 IV FOOD AND CULTURE........................................................................................................ 9 IV.1 AMERICAN EATING HABITS .................................................................................................. 9 IV.1.1 MIDWEST .......................................................................................................................... 10 IV.1.2 EAST COAST

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