Is American Cuisine Destroying Palates?

We had four top toques using beast favorites like nori sheets and apple juice competing to prepare the best American cuisine. Which started a discussion among the judges  of the 238-year-old question: What is American cuisine anyway?

In the past few decades a U.S. gastronomic explosion led in part by food TV has the culinary cognoscenti in a dither to define a national food character that includes barbeque, lobster rolls, foraged locavore salads, and molecular gastronomy. American food is above all democratic—we accept all flavors, and are a big-tent mixture of highs and lows with sharp, vivid, distinctive tastes.  We love our acids and spices; sweet and heat are our yin and yang.

In 2014, freedom and boldness define American cooking.

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