The finest meals in the world are found in American cuisine.

GORP Europe, where hiking is a national hobby, ate trail mix centuries before it was packaged.

Jambalaya Jambalaya, crawfish pie, file gumbo... What cuisine could drive Hank Williams to compose a party song for it in 1952 and dozens more to record 

Biscuits&gravy Traditional biscuits include butter or lard, buttermilk, milk (or “sawmill” or country) gravy with meat drippings.

Smithfield ham “Ham, history, hospitality.” The Smithfield of Smithfield Virginia ham's motto. Given that this 8,100-person hamlet was settled in 1634, “ham” before history.

Fried chicken steak Chicken fried steak, a guilty pleasure, was made for mashed potatoes and black-eyed peas.

Alaskan wild salmon Alaska salmon, unlike 99.8% farmed Atlantic salmon, is wild and eats clean, making it ideal for glazing with Dijon mustard or maple syrup. 

California roll The California roll is more than simply the gateway sushi—it started in Los Angeles in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Meatloaf The simplest comfort meal. Who would have thought that every American housewife would make “Cannelon of Beef” after Fannie Farmer's

Grits Non-consumers question what they are. Almost everyone in the South grew up eating them and wonders how anybody could survive without them.

Macaroni and cheese Macaroni and cheese, the ultimate comfort dish, saves many a parent from a picky child.

Maryland crabcakes The Chesapeake Bay produces more than simply sock-free topsiders and regatta-loving sunbathers.