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Ethnic food: the use of Cajun cuisine as a model.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2668385     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Studies have shown that dietitians perceive a need for further education about ethnic food habits. Knowledge about the dietary habits of immigrants and ethnic groups is important for dietitians because those habits are frequently assimilated into the culinary traditions of America. The authors used Cajun cuisine as a model for studying a rapidly expanding form of ethnic food. The foods in Cajun cuisine are currently best-selling menu items, they challenge adaptation for modified diets, and they have been influenced by agricultural and social customs. Historically, Cajun food evolved from an area in south Louisiana called Acadiana. The Acadians were impoverished exiles from Nova Scotia who settled along the bayous of Louisiana and learned to use available foods in the area. Cajun cuisine was also influenced by the Creoles from the area of New Orleans located approximately 100 miles from the Cajun settlers. As part of the education process about ethnic food habits, one needs to consider the history, indigenous foods, symbolism and meaning of foods, food preparation methods, and adaptations that can be made for modified diets. When Cajun cuisine is used as a framework, nutrition education, counseling, and food preparation for ethnic groups may be more effective.
L Broussard-Marin; M T Hynak-Hankinson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0002-8223     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  1989 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-09-08     Completed Date:  1989-09-08     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1117-21     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Dietetic Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center, East Orange, New Jersey 07019.
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MeSH Terms
Dietetics / education*
Ethnic Groups*
Food Habits
France / ethnology
Comment In:
J Am Diet Assoc. 1990 Dec;90(12):1658-9   [PMID:  2246444 ]

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