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Romanian food vs. American food

A friend has recently asked me whether I cooked here in America. I told her I did. Every now and then. But not very often. I don’t know if this makes me a modern woman or, on the contrary, throws me under the “no good housewife” category, but I know for sure that no matter which I would be, I don’t care. If you ask my Mom, she would definitely appreciate this as “no good” and her face would get sad thinking of all the recipes she carefully packed in my luggage, recipes of savory food that were meant to be reproduced in the kitchen over the ocean.

Well, it wasn’t meant to be! Those recipes entered a new world where there are always more important things to do than stirring ingredients into a pot. Of course, I sometimes feel like I would have our traditional ciulama or a piece of cozonac, the authentic Romanian sponge cake, but I quickly manage to annihilate my cravings with some delicious entrees from here.

Now, there will be lots of strong Romanian advocates, pleading for the traditional Romanian food and its superiority over everything else on the planet, who would be happy to jump at my throat and fight for their strong belief.  Well, madams and gentlemen, with all due respect, let me tell you you’re wrong!  It’s no doubt, our food is delicious because it’s ours, but once you get through the Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Thai or other kitchens, you start reconsidering your position towards the time-honored, long-established sarma and start to be happy that you could offer your  taste buds flavors and aromas of different brands.

Some people in Romania get very upset when somebody dares to compare the Romanian food with the food in America. I’d say it’s not the American food that gets into competition with the Romanian cuisine, but the food here in general, in its variety. In my opinion there is no such thing as the American kitchen. There is this sort of culinary pornography that takes place under the American label, where there are dressings and gravy dripping and splashing all over, sizzling oils, honey having an affair with ham and chocolate having an intercourse with bacon, fruit dipped into hot oil and then dragged and smudged into sticky syrups in an orgy of taste ending with an orgasmic finale, and heart attacks. Comparing the Romanian food with this, yes, we detachedly win the first prize! But if comparing the Romanian food  with the variety of dishes and recipes that happen on this land, I need to consider if we can even get a place on the podium.

9 Comments

  1. Michael says:

    There is a saying that comes to mind: “Variety is the spice of life!”

    Thanks for introducing me to some very tasty Romanian dishes. ;)

  2. ELF says:

    sigur ca nu putem avea pretentia sa ne situam pe primele locuri in ierarhia bucatariilor din tarile lumii , dar ne putem mandrii cu preparatele noastre traditionale care fac deliciu culinar pentru cele mai rafinate gusturi,
    ELF,

  3. Cornelia says:

    Well said!

  4. brad says:

    “Bucataria americana, in opinia mea, nu exista!”
    Nu stiu, poate ca ai dreptate…partea proasta este ca nici bucatarie romaneasca nu exista ! LOL …cade greu pentru patrioti, dar …
    …poate sa-mi spuna cineva cateva feluri de preparate tipic (numai) romanesti care sa se constituie in Bucatarie Romaneasca ?!
    Nu este o rautate, doar nestiinta…poate ma lumineaza cineva argumentat …
    brad

    1. erina says:

      Brad,

      Unde traiesti? Romania sau America?

    2. bobita says:

      Brad,
      Pentru mine preparatele din Romania apartin de bucataria romaneasca, ca pe asta o stiu. N-as vrea sa intru in semantica problemei pentru ca nu asta era discutia. Tu poti sa numesti cateva preparate exclusiv americane? Bucataria americana este bucataria zecilor de natii care traiesc aici.

  5. brad says:

    Un milion de scuze … nu am primit un mail de instiintare … am tras concluzia, pripita se pare, ca am fost banat.
    Nu am vrut sa rascolesc sentimente patriotice sau mai stiu-eu-ce…remarcam in treacat, ca in general, cand se fac trimiteri la bucataria Ro, ne gandim la sarmale, diverse borsuri , mici … adica feluri de mancare revendicate in spatii geografice foarte largi ca fiind mancaruri traditionale…
    Fara suparare … orezul, carnea tocata, mirodeniile …au patruns in tarile romane (cu aprox) prin sec XV -XVI …din zone care le cunosteau cu cateva sute de ani inaintea nostra !
    Aportul romanesc fiind focul, apa, sarea ….
    :)
    Este un punct de vedere…

    No McDonalds, no McSarma…zic io’ !
    :)

    1. cata says:

      Degeaba laudati bucataria americana. Poate sunt destule retete reusite si diversificate ,dar ar trebui sa ne gandim la calitatea materiei prime si ma refer la legumele sau fructele de acolo.Sincer nimic nu e natural.

      1. Bobiţa says:

        Nu am laudat bucataria americana, din contra! Apreciez ca te-ai oprit pe blog-ul meu dar citeste cu atentie! In ce priveste “calitatea materiei prime” de aici, in orice tara din lumea asta se mananca prost (Romania e una de top!). In America ai alternative: fie te opresti la fast-food, fie la unul din zecile de magazine cu produse organice si papica sanatoasa. Chestie de educatie… Povestea asta cu ce prost se mananca in America e un mit ros pe la coate. Ma bucur ca esti “sincer” cand imi explici ca nimic aici nu e natural, dar asta ma face sa ma intreb daca traiesti aici. Daca da, probabil ca te hranesti de la fast-food. Daca nu, te invit sa vizitezi America cu un ochi obiectiv si pe urma mai vorbim. Numai bine!

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