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Melting Pot Cuisine : New American Cuisine

Updated on March 14, 2011

Melting Pot Cuisine : New American Cuisine

I am an immigrant here in the United States living in Texas, so I am grateful that I have a lot of choices of restaurants to go to. I can go to Tex-Mex (combination of native, Mexican and Mexican - American food culture) Chinese, Mexicans or the barbecue -- grill restaurants and the Southwestern cuisine -- fried chicken and the likes. You can also go to Italian and other European restaurants of your choices. Subway incorporates fresh sandwiches ingredients.Pizzas are offered in different ingredients, like here in Texas, they have Mexican version -- Pizza Patron, Pizza Hut, Dominoes and Papa Johns.

The effort to incorporate food culture of immigrants is inevitable for business and cultural amalgamation and considerations.

Melting pot cuisine in the United States is gaining popularity because it offers different combination of food and people are curious and want to try food fusion recipes.

The New American Cuisine - what is it all about

So what is a melting pot cuisine? The melting pot cuisine is a cuisine which derives its food style and preparation from the combination of some cuisines of the people who migrated in the area. it is a known fact that when people migrate to an area, they bring with them styles of cooking and food culture, and when it is mixed with local ingredients and the food culture in the receiving area, there you go, we have a fusion food culture.

It is known that the United States attract immigrants from all over the world, and this is the basis for the new American cuisine. Some states which are magnets to immigrants like Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California try to find ways to integrate their combined tastes of food, the blending of the local foods with the migrants food, one case is the Tex-Mex here in Texas, wherein the food style, preparation and ingredients is a mixture of Mexican American foods and natives. Another type of fusion cuisine which integrates diverse food culture is the California cuisine developed in the 1970 by some chef and restaurant owners who feel that a fusion is needed to cater to all the tastes and gastronomical needs of the people in the area, natives and the immigrants.

What is the New American cuisine? it is the cuisine offered in many restaurants today across the United Sates but it definitely has its roots with California cuisine wherein a chef by the name of Wolfgang Puck thought about the fusion of food culture and so he created a menu served in restaurants for all those who are interested to eat fusion foods.

  • Fusion foods integration implies the importance of fresh foods -- vegetables and spices which are fresh. it is somewhat similar to the Nouvelle French cuisine which is also a fusion of different food culture.
  • It is a mixture of some food culture from Asia, Mexico and the Middle East plus to some extent European food culture
  • The new American cuisine emerge in the 1980s after the fusion and the California cuisine emerged (forging the food culture from some countries)


The melting pot cuisine is integrated into different restaurants and households of people who composed mixed origins. It is literally a mixed way of cooking using local ingredients or ingredients which are bought in local ethnic stores like Asian stores, Mexican supermarkets.

Sample of menu served in a melting pot restaurant Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck

the Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck style -- fusion style of food culture
the Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck style -- fusion style of food culture

beef and chicken fajita served at Tex Mex -- with spices, ingredients

image courtesy of wikipedia
image courtesy of wikipedia
orange juice, lime, triple sec, beer and tequila -- Texas margarita
orange juice, lime, triple sec, beer and tequila -- Texas margarita

Sample of Fusion Restaurants -- here in Dallas, TX

In America, Wolfgang Puck, a chef famous all over the US for starting the California cuisine which is a mixture of different food culture. He opened 16 restaurants across the US and he is widely popular even in Hollywood.He has one restaurant here in Dallas, Tx -- the Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. They served modern Asian cuisine integrating the local produce and way of cooking.

Some famous restaurants owned by Wolfgang Puck are : incorporating Asian food with American food culture:

  • Spago
  • Chinois
  • CUT

Here in Dallas, the restaurant served : (the Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck)

  • Lobster
  • Springrolls (made from shrimp)
  • Salmon (big salmon)
  • Prime beef rib with Wasabi sauce
  • sushi
  • sashimi


Tex-mex restaurants are everywhere here in Dallas and in different parts of the US

Some menus :

  • heavy use of cheese -- cheese with meat and cheese with chili -- (cheese with meat, chili con queso)
  • beans
  • tortillas
  • hot sauce, chili sauce and gravies
  • chili with meat
  • cumin

Pina colada drink


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    • rprcarz50 profile image

      rprcarz50 7 years ago

      Hi again Maita,

      Wow , does this look wonderful ! Great Hub and great sounding food . I really enjoy diversified food . Can you mail some ? He He.

      Thank you for this great Hub!


      As always also a2z50

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I like being able to go out and enjoy many different types of food as well as the fused versions because of this country being such a melting pot of immigrants and their ideas relating to cooking. We have the best of all worlds on our dinner plates!

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      PhoenixV 7 years ago from USA

      Excellent Hub Alexandria !

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      A great read Alexandria:Thunbs Up:)!!