October 17, 2013
WE'RE AMERICANS, WE REALLY CAN HAVE IT ALL:
New demographics, new tastes (J.M. HIRSCH and SUZETTE LABOY, 10/17/13, Associated Press)
These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously "American," most people don't even consider them ethnic.Welcome to the taste of American food in 2013.As immigrant and minority populations rewrite American demographics, the nation's collective menu is reflecting this flux, as it always has. And it goes beyond the mainstreaming of once-esoteric ethnic ingredients, something we've seen with everything from soy sauce to jalapenos.This is a rewrite of the American menu at the macro level, an evolution of whole patterns of how people eat. The difference this time? The biggest culinary voting bloc is Hispanic."When you think about pizza and spaghetti, it's the same thing," says Jim Kabbani, CEO of the Tortilla Industry Association. "People consider them American, not ethnic. It's the same with tortillas."
Isn't that pretty much an American family's menu for a week: spaghetti, burgers, tacos, pizza. Throw in a chicken dish and start the weekend.Posted by Orrin Judd at October 17, 2013 1:42 PM