why is any ‘american’ food that is not hamburgers/hotodgs/whatever automatically less classy and ‘authentic’ than the things that influenced its creation
really in general if someone is calling something ‘American’ they’re probably either saying it’s not classy or they’re being frighteningly nationalistic and gross. like my ancestors were douchey enough to be getting on with i don’t need to additionally hate them and myself even more because they degraded themselves by leaving Europe Seat Of Culture to come to this continent and create degenerative cuisine like no. i think american pizza is a great evolution like, italian pizza is cool and all, but quality american pizza with like olives and peppers and mushrooms and pepperoni and artichokes all on it and lovely toasty cheese? hells yeah.
also don’t insult the innovations of immigrant communities in the us just because they’re working with new ingredients and evolving and cuisine is therefore no longer EXACTLY Identical to the cuisine of the region they came from. i think everyone can agree that that’s just rude.
also i really want to believe that there is a way to study food making techniques from around the world and be creative and find things that i think are tasty without being culturally appropriative but sometimes the way people talk about food from other cultures is like. its sounds kinda racist and THAT IS THE LAST THING I WANT TO BE.
so if ppl ask me if this thing I made is Chinese i really don’t know what to say. and when i hesitate and mutter something like ‘it is i believe influenced by traditions of cooking from some region(s) of China or some shit’ They go ‘Oh, its Chinese-American’ like i’ve created some silly derivative knockoff and no no no no no i just want to make food for myself that is creative and tasty and uses lots of spices (this largely because i’m poor) and derives from influences and recipes (like all food does) that i have found in the world without being culturally appropriative or inherently unclassy and ~inauthentic~.
its like if i want to be authentic i can only either be culturally appropriative or resign myself to boring food only for the rest of forever.
i really hate this use of the word authentic i think it needs to go and die