Given the United States' large size it has numerous regional
variations. The United States' regional cuisine is characterized
by its extreme diversity and style with each region having its own
See: Cuisine of New England
England is a northeastern region of the United States, including
the six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The American Indians
cuisine became part of the cookery style that the early colonists
brought with them.
The style of New England cookery originated from its colonial
roots, that is to say practical, frugal and willing to eat
anything other than what they were used to from their British
roots. Much of the cuisine started with one-pot cookery,
which resulted in such dishes as succotash, chowder, baked beans,
Lobster is an integral ingredient to the cuisine, indigenous to
the shores of the region. Other shellfish of the coastal regions
include little neck clams, sea scallops, blue mussels, oysters,
soft shell clams and razor shell clams. Much of this
shellfish contributes to New England tradition, the clambake.
The clambake as known today is a colonial interpretation of an
American Indian tradition.
The fruits of the region include the Vitis labrusca grapes used
in grape juice made by companies such as Welch's, along with
jelly, Kosher wine by companies like Mogen David and Manischewitz
along with other wineries that make higher quality wines. Apples
from New England include the original varieties, Baldwin, Lady,
Mother, Pomme Grise, Porter, Roxbury Russet, Wright, Sops of Wine,
Peck's Pleasant, Titus Pippin, Westfield-Seek-No-Further, and
Duchess of Oldenburg. Cranberries are another fruit indigenous to
See Cuisine of the Midwestern
Midwestern cuisine covers everything from
barbeque to the Chicago-style hot dog.
The American South
See Cuisine of the
Southern United States
Grits and gumbo are an integral part of
the southern cuisine
Cuisine in the West
See Cuisine of the
Western United States
Cooking in the American West includes the
fast food hamburger and the San Francisco burrito.
American Southwestern Cuisine
of the Southwestern United States
Southwestern food draws
influences from Mexican cooking including tex-mex and the burrito.
Common dishes found on a regional level
See: List of American regional and fusion cuisines