Help with Geography discussion

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Discussion- WK3-Geography

The Influence of Geography on Cuisine

One aspect of geography that often gets overlooked is the impact it has on the food you eat. With today's import and export of food from all over the world, you can expect a wide range of exotic fruits, grains, and spices at your local grocery store to add to your culinary adventures. You can make Thai food one day and jambalaya the next, and never worry about where to find all the ingredients. But in the past, people based their cuisine on the foods they could produce or harvest locally. If you lived near the ocean, you would eat more seafood. If you lived in warm climates, you had an abundance of fruits and vegetables. If you lived in the cold, you had a short harvest time so you might pickle and perserve your foods to last through the winter. In this Discussion, you will think about and explain the influence different cultures had on local foods during a time when many cultures were converging in Middle and South America, and the impact that time period had on the foods of today.

To prepare for this Discussion:

• Review the image titled "The Atlantic Slave Trade" found in the Week 3 Discussion Introduction area

• Review the African food and Columbian Exchange Web sites, as well as the Caribbean entertainment article from the Walden library located under the Learning Resources

• Locate a South American or Latin American recipe that incorporates the traditional foods of the region and the non-native foods brought over from other cultures that impacted the area. If you do not have a favorite regional recipe already, you can choose one from the recipe Web site located under the Learning Resources.

• Consider the impact the slave trade and the Columbian Exchange had on the foods of Middle and South America

• Reflect on how you have experienced some of these new food combinations in your own culinary experience

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 your recipe and an analysis of from which culture each ingredient, and perhaps even cooking methods, originated. To assist your analysis, use the Caribbean Food Sources Word document located in the Learning Resources.

2 to 3 paragraphs only.

APA with cited references

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