Food says so much about where you’ve come from, where you’ve decided to go, and the lessons you’ve learned. It’s geography, politics, tradition, belief and so much more and this week, we invite you to dig in and discover the rich, ever-evolving taste of America in 2011.
Our cross-CNN coverage will culminate with a Secret Supper in New York City, and Eatocracy invites you to participate online starting Monday July 11th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.
Dig in. We'll be adding more as we cook it up.
Read up on past Secret Suppers in New Orleans, Austin and Atlanta.
"Cook from where you are." Chefs on food as cultural identity
iReport: Rice – the grain that feeds the planet and Comment of the Day: Rice as a tie that binds
Bridging generations and cultures, one blistering bowl of bibimbap at a time
In Queens, take the No. 7 train to the world's fare
Sweet flavors of home feed expats' souls
Do you favor foreign flavors?
People of America, here's your culinary history on a plate
Moonshine, catfish noodling and a whole lotta laughs
Missing home cooking? Borrow a grandma
iReport: Feeding a heart that's hungry for home
Japan's carnivore girls and herbivore boys relish – and resist – raw meat sushi
iReport: 5 real, fast, delicious meals from around the U.S.
Sundays are for dim sum - growing up A.B.C. (American Born Chinese)
iReport: Veggie-ography of America
As American as apple pie – the origins of picnic favorites
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As long as Eatocracy has been around, we've talked a lot about where our food comes from and how it's grown. Some of it's pretty and shiny and heirloom(!) - some of it, not so much.
Ultimately, how you choose to process the information is up to you and we welcome all to our table - whether vegan activist or meat-loving chef - but that doesn't mean there isn't room for passionate dialogue, which we'd love to hear in the comments below.
Bruce Friedrich is a well-known animal rights activist and senior director for strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary, a farm animal protection organization with a mission "to end cruelty to farm animals and promote compassionate living." He was the former Vice President for Policy of PETA.
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Food says so much about where you’ve come from, where you’ve decided to go, and the lessons you’ve learned. It’s geography, politics, tradition, belief and so much more and this week, we invite you to dig in and discover the rich, ever-evolving taste of America in 2011. The week will culminate with a Secret Supper in New York City, and Eatocracy invites you to participate online starting Monday July 11th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.
Risotto, pilau, rice pudding, bibimbop, arancini, arroz con pollo, biryani, congee, etouffee, paella, nasi goreng, red beans and rice, onigiri, dolma, dirty rice: nearly every nation on Earth uses rice in its staple dishes.
We turned to our worldwide community of iReporters to let tell us how this simple cereal grain keeps them tied to their culture's cuisine, feeds their stomachs and souls - and in once case, even found them true love.
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