coming onto my blog telling me white people refined spices like mint gum is too spicy for you people shut the fuck up
Oh my god I’ve actually been waiting for you to bring this up!
Americans (or at least the white ones) systematically destroyed the idea of cooking needing to taste good around the turn of the century. White, middle class women were taught that if you had any kind of spices or flavors or anything that tasted good, you’d tear your clothes off and start doing foreign things and red meat would make your husband jerk off till his eyes popped right out of his head.
"American cuisine, which had never been admired by the rest of the world for anything but the abundance of its ingredients, took another beating from the scientific school of cookery, which emphasized nutrition to the almost total exclusion of anything else. ‘Cooking has a nobler purpose than the gratification of appetite and sense of taste,’ said a speaker at the World’s Congress of Women at the Chicago World’s Fair. The scientific housewives worshiped the god of protein and the energy-building calorie. (The turn-of-the-century obsession with calories was not about cutting them down, but about finding foods that could deliver the maximum caloric cargo per bite.) Dinners were supposed to be eye-catching, and experts favored color-coordinated meals with hand carved vegetables and solids floating in liquids. The early-twentieth-century hostesses particularly liked food that resembled something else. Fish could be pureed and put into a mold to look like anything from a moon to George Washington’s profile. A chicken salad could be shaped like a lamb chop, a pear pierced with almond slivers to impersonate a porcupine. Virtually any dish could be improved by covering it with white sauce- a mixture of flour, milk and butter that muffled taste while improving the ‘daintiness’ of the plate."
Collins, Gail. “Turn of the Century.” America’s Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. 295-96. Print
This is why basically every ~American~ dish is a bastardized immigrant food.
White people and food: a tragicomedy. This reminded me of the fact that Kellogg invented corn flakes because he thought that starting your day off with bland food would make you less likely to masturbate. Because spices make you want to touch yourself.