American cuisine

Padma Lakshmi’s ‘Taste the Nation’ Show Shows How Immigrants Shaped American Cuisine

When we spoke with Padma Lakshmi in March, the United States was only a week into quarantine – a time spent adjusting to life at home and, if you were Lakshmi, cooking big pots of lentils and decadent slices of chocolate cake. A lot has happened since then. And while the concept for his show […]

American cuisine

Padma Lakshmi’s Taste the Nation deconstructs the myth of “American” cuisine

Padma LakshmiThe last project of was born from a particular tension of frustration. “I was tired of some people deciding who an American is and what American food is,” she said in a recent interview. “All my life in food, I’ve heard [the term] “New American Kitchen”. What is that? I just wanted to go […]

American cuisine

Hulu’s Taste The Nation breaks down American cuisine

Photo: Dominique Valente (Hulu) It’s no wonder that the best American cooking shows are those that take hosts to other countries. It is there, and not in the United States, that they can truly investigate the culinary traditions that form the amorphous patchwork of American cuisine, which is defined primarily by how it has adopted […]