American Food Is Defined by Diversity

Peter Kim

Food has always been deeply intertwined with American culture.

For immigrants it’s been a symbol of cultural identity and served as a window back home. For religious reformers in the 19th century, it was a source of redemption and corruption. For industry, it has been part of a quest for convenience, efficiency and profit. And for health-minded people, it’s spawned countless fad diets.

Today, there’s a craze going on around food, and...