Fisher’s Fare: Southern Mexican Cuisine

As I consider current trends and brainstorm the next cuisine to highlight, I think a more regional approach may be appropriate. I covered Mexican cuisine in an earlier entry, but there is so much nuance from other regions, that I think a more detailed look is in order! Oaxaca is a state in southern Mexico…

Fisher’s Fare: Persian Cuisine

Tehran, Iran

Persian cuisine has a lot in common with its regional neighbors but it still stands on its own with unique flavors and ingredients. A complex political history and icy relations with the West has kept these foodstuffs largely confined to cities such as Los Angeles with large Persian populations. Here are some trends with Persian…

Fisher’s Fare: Jewish Cuisine

Jewish cuisine is distinct from Israeli cuisine in that it has been shaped by the local cultures where people have settled. As the Jewish diaspora spread across the globe they brought their culinary traditions and adapted them to the local ingredients and cultures. In the United States this cultural fusion is most clearly displayed in…

Fisher’s Fare: West African Cuisine

West Africa

West Africa is a geographic region of sub-Saharan Africa that includes 16 countries and almost four hundred million inhabitants. The Atlantic slave trade had tremendous influence on the transfer of ingredients and knowledge between Africa, the Caribbean, and southern United States, and those influences are still visible today. With such a large population one might…

Fisher’s Fare: North African Cuisine

Africa

The region of North Africa includes the countries Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia and makes up the Western part of the Arab world. The cuisine of this region is influenced by many factors including the geographic location on the ancient spice routes, predominance of Islam, and European influences from France and Italy. Staples from…