Sense of Place: The Food and Cuisine of California

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

California is the birthplace of fusion cuisine and the local/sustainable food movement – not to mention diet fads galore! And with so many cultures converging in a place that can support so much great agriculture and produce, is all this focus on food really that unexpected?!

Individual dishes may come and go in Californian cuisine, but the ingredients that go into them and the cultural context behind them stays consistent. Here is a smattering of dishes that either came from California at one point or give a great example for how local ingredients are used in new and interesting ways. What else would you add?!

Soups and Sides:
Asian Pear, Fresh Date, and Pomegranate Salad
Nettle Soup
Cioppino (fish and shellfish stew) from Simply Recipes
Cobb Salad from Simply Recipes
Green Goddess Salad from the New York Times
Chili Rubbed Shrimp with Avocado Corn Cocktail from Epicurious

Indian Candy (Salmon Jerky) from Fish Sniffer
Vanilla-Date Smoothie from Epicurious

(Images: Flickr members kerinin and Special*Dark licensed under Creative Commons , and Gregory Han for Apartment Therapy)