Food and Culture
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition entitled Food and Culture. You should write at least 120 words.
“You are what you eat.” Nutrition
experts often use this saying to promote better eating habits. What we put in our
mouths does become a part of us. But we can look at this statement in another way. What we eat reflects who we areas
people and as a culture. Do you want to understand another culture? Then you ought to find out about its food. Learning
about American food can give us a real taste of American culture.
What is “American food”? At first
you might think the answer is as easy as pie. To many people, American food means hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken and pizza. If you “have a sweet
tooth”, you might even think of apple pie
or chocolate chip cookies. It’s true that
Americans do eat those things. But are those the only kind of foods you can find in America?
Except for Thanksgiving turkey, it’s
hard to find a typical “American” food.
The United States is a land of
immigrants. So Americans eat food from many different countries. When people move to America, they bring their cooking styles with them. That’s why you
can find almost every kind of ethnic food in America. In some cases, Americans
have adopted foods from other countries as favorites. Americans love Italian pizza, Mexican tacos and Chinese egg rolls. But the American version doesn’t
taste quite like the original!
Americans living at a fast pace often just “grab a quick bite”. Fast food
restaurants offer people on the run everything from fried chicken to fried
rice. Microwave dinners and instant foods make cooking at home a snap. Of course, one of the most common quick American meals is sandwich. If
something can fit between two slices of
bread, Americans probably make a sandwich out of it. Peanut butter and jelly is an all-time American favorite.
American culture is a good
illustration of the saying “you are what
you eat.” Americans represent a wide range of backgrounds and ways of thinking. The variety of foods enjoyed in the U.S. reflects the diversity of personal tastes. The food may be international or regional. Sometimes it’s fast, and
sometimes it’s not so fast. It might be junk food, or maybe it’s natural food. In
any case, the style is all-American.