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Spice Mixtures - The Americas

DK PublishingDK Publishing 2/07/2014 DKBooks

The Americas

Many culinary influences can be traced in the Americas. In the US and Canada, English and French spice blends once predominated in the north, but now Mexican, Caribbean, and African ideas are widely popular. The Caribbean islands show a variety of colonial traditions (Spanish, French, and English) as well as immigrant influences – notably African, Indian, Sri Lankan, and Chinese – in the development of their cuisines. Mexico has maintained strong pre-Columbian food styles. Much of South America shows some vestiges of Spanish or Portuguese culinary traditions, combined with Indian food patterns in the Andes and with African traditions in Brazil.

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