I know that this article will probably anger some USAmericans. After all, we can tend to be defensive, thin-skinned, and touchy. But let’s face it: USAmericans have a worldwide, traditional reputation for being obnoxious, ignorant travelers. Is that really true? And, if so, why? Moreover, what can we do about it? I propose that travelers from the US can use food diplomacy to break down cultural barriers and stereotypes. Also, I use the term USAmerican because America includes two continents with 36 modern countries, and dozens of indigenous nations in them, so I do not think it is fair to categorize only one of those countries as America.
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Alright, so the title of this article is a bit inflammatory, I know. And I suppose this is something of a rant, but I felt my food anger boiling up in me, and I had to release it in the form of literary steam. Of course, there is plenty of great food all over the US, from upscale, haute-cuisine restaurants in San Fransisco and New York, to street food in Chicago. And in parts of the country, trends are changing: people are seeking out high-quality, fresh ingredients. Finally, food shows like Bizarre Foods and Without Reservations indicate that there are enough people interested in good food to keep them on TV. But I still believe that, as a people, Americans just do not like good, fresh, properly-prepared, varied food.