If you try and image the food from America, one of the first things that pops up is fast food. America is a large country, but has little to offer the world in terms of cultural cuisine. It could learn a thing or two from other countries.
Running off of the previous topic, food is also a way to identify yourself. Consider this question, what is your meal? The question is weighted because the answer reveals much of your personality. You may not have and answer that revolves around a high protein diet. Rice with chicken. Mashed potatoes with steak. It is a style that America has come to expect from around the world, and those who travel might find themselves being served dinner asking, “Where’s the meat?”
Food as survival may not be a factor in your diet, but for some it was. For an older generation who was focused on other things and not how to cook, food was just a means of survival. People still visit fresh produce markets and bargain for tomatoes, and cook it very simply. Food doesn’t have to be complicated.
Food can also be seen as an experience as a community. In many Arab countries, food and community are mixed together. Sharing of food is common, hands are used instead of utensils, and talking is encouraged. When was the last time an American restaurant offered a communal plate? These things America should consider if it plans to grow in it’s cultural acceptance and development.