Out of Africa

Too often overlooked, African cuisine continues to make meaningful contributions to American food culture.

Today’s U.S. foodies owe a lot to the generations of immigrants who brought staple ingredients, innovative cooking methods and unforgettable recipes to America’s shores across the centuries. Those all-American apple pies couldn’t exist if Europeans hadn’t brought apple trees—which originated in Asia— across the Atlantic Ocean. Hot dogs came from Germany (or Austria, depending on whom you ask), and the ketchup for those hot dogs arrived via Southeast Asia. Peanut butter—a requirement for America’s favorite sandwich— has a history rooted in the ancient Inca and Aztec civilizations of Central and South America...

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