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I think it's an interesting topic, and this page is the perfect place to discuss it!

I don't know if I necessarily agree with the order or way the article is written, but it makes the valid point of pointing out foods to avoid, which brings me to my opinion of the article... There are healthy foods and unhealthy foods in every culture's cuisine! The key is to be cognizant of what you're eating and eating foods that fit into your plan. When I was eating a lower carb diet, I would love making my favorite dish, Thai red curry, but without the rice. Nowadays I'm a little more concerned with my fat intake. I also love to modify ethnic recipes to meet my nutrition needs too.

I think my favorite part of ethnic cuisine is that you really get so much flavor with the variety of spices. Healthy foods can taste great without all of the added fats.

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I don't know a lot about Middle Eastern cuisine, but I want to learn because what I've seen of it on TV looks spectacular.

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I think that what they mean by California Cuisine is kind of an Alice Waters-style approach to food--fresh, local and with a respect for the ingredients. Lots of wine, herbs and simple preparation. You can certainly find that way of looking at food in the Northwest too--it isn't exclusive to California.

I love Middle Eastern food MUSLIMAH_AK! I know a little bit from Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. I have the same problem with it that I do with South American food though...how to reduce the rice and other grains to reduce the amount of carbs. I am craving tabbouli right now, but it is going to have to be a special treat/carb splurge/cheat-day food. Or maybe I just need to learn how to cook Middle Eastern foods in much smaller batches so that I don't end up eating bulgar or cous-cous for a week.

I'm glad to see that Spanish food has made the list. Besides the fact that it uses a lot of rice, it is a very healthy way to eat. I have Castilian and Basque heritage, and I find that when I cook these foods for friends in the US, it is entirely new territory. I don't think that most North Americans even know what paella is, sadly. It's funny how aware people are of Italian foods in the US, but I guess Spanish immigrants were just somehow quieter about their ethnic traditions and foodways, or maybe had a tendency to assimilate more quickly than Italians. Spanish food is certainly as comprehensive, varied and delicious as Italian.

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11/4/10 7:25 A

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I ask Indian people at work where they like to eat. They do like a few nearby Indian restaurants. The Chinese people at work don't like any nearby restaurants, although one will tolerate one restaurant at a little distance from work.


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11/3/10 9:19 P

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My favorite meter for any ethnic restaurant is how many diners of that ethnicity are there.

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"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

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11/3/10 6:14 P

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The tipping point that got me to go on this current diet was reading David Kessler's book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.

He makes the point that Chinese food in this country is unrecognizable in China. A co-worker from Mexico raised a point earlier on to me that 95% of "Mexican" food in this country is unrecognizable in Mexico. (And this is deleting obvious hellholes such as Taco Bell before we even start counting.)

If you do want good Chinese food in this country (USA), you need to go to a major metropolitan Chinatown, and try to get the menu the Chinese order from. Which of course if you don't read Chinese... Yah, by and large we're in trouble if we want to eat good Chinese food. I did buy a good cookbook with authentic Chinese recipes from different regions in that country. The best way to do Chinese (healthy and authentic) may be to do it from home. Just get the spices from reputable sources.


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10/24/10 12:12 P

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I do have to wonder if the same Americanization has happened to Indian food. Gordon Ramsay visited India recently. England is as crazy for Indian food as the US is for Chinese or Mexican. The "Indian food" in England is as unrecognizable in India as our Mexican or Chinese would be in those countries.

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"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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10/24/10 12:07 P

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Wow...who knew ethnic foods would be SO controversial?!?! Today is my 1st day here on the team and I want to admit I have not read the article. However, I would like to state that I agree with someone who said earlier that America does tend to change "ethnic food" when it is introduced here. I have been to Italy and their portions are smaller, the ingredients used are fresher which is a stark comparison to the Olive Garden, right?

I recently at at a Morrocan restaurant for the 1st time and I liked it but my dh and brother in law were indifferent.

And I love Indian food but it has a lot of fat and calories in it. So, whether they are "healthy" fats or not one meal takes up all my fat and calorie for the day which is not conducive to losing weight which is my goal right now.

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10/12/10 6:43 P

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- Californian food would be considered 'ethnic' if you're someplace outside the US. It's considered regional inside the US. -

I think 'Californian' food is regional OUTSIDE the U.S. too lol. I never heard of Southern food or Pacific or anything before I lived here, it's all 'American' to most foreigners.

I think the article is ok though. Maybe wrongly worded but that's only the fault of the writer. :P
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10/11/10 9:06 P

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@LADYIRISH317--it is good that you posted this. It opened a venue to discuss ethnic cuisines that were not considered in the article. Maybe it will encourage readers to check out the African cuisines and other less known ethnic cuisines.




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10/11/10 4:29 P

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Californian food would be considered 'ethnic' if you're someplace outside the US. It's considered regional inside the US. Californian is pretty distinct from the Pacific Northwest versus New England, versus Southwestern, versus Southern. But they are all 'ethnic' American.

Edited by: VHALKYRIE at: 10/11/2010 (16:33)
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I think the point of the article is being missed here. These cuisines are very healthy, but in the US, a lot of these foods have been turned into unhealthy dishes. If African food was more popular in the US, it would probably be turned into something unhealthy equivalent to Taco Bell, too.

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African cuisine is, sadly, not well known or widely available in the US yet. I think they were going for the most popular.

I'm beginning to regret having published this.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

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what about moroccan food? north african food? somalian food? middle-eastern food? chicken and rice and lentils anyone? black tea with cardamom pods?

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10/10/10 11:13 P

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Any cuisine that is heavy on fresh fruit and veg, whole grains and uses meat as a condiment is going to be healthy. The list completely ignores African cuisines.

The opinion on coconut oil is changing, apparently one size fits all does not apply to saturated fats.






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Most of us didn't go to culinary school, but I suspect that we know what "palatable" means.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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since when is California fresh an "ethnic" food.

also, the advice about avoiding cococnut milk, the fat from it is so healthy. and nourishing. and low -fat diets aren't satieting. I learned this in culinary arts, if theres not a little bit of fat, the food isn't palatable. and for those who didn't take that course - that means eatable.

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"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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