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Style in the kitchen is a fashion you can’t ignore in the 21st century. Cooking is no longer just about mixing ingredients and putting the dish on the table to eat. It is a fine meal prepared in elegant cookware and innovatively designed appliances. These days lots of people are self-taught virtuoso hobby cooks who whip up twisted meals at home for fun and often for stress relief.
Just as well-liked is so-called “fusion”, or the culinary synthesis of elements from various culinary traditions of different countries, regions, or cultures. Fusion cooking is the harmony of blending the contrast of West and East, and it is easy to prepare. All you need is imagination and knowledge of different national cuisines, cooking techniques, and various products from different latitudes.
Imagination and improvisation come together in fusion dishes, bringing together the gastronomic laws of Western cuisine with the exoticism and spicy nuances of Eastern dishes. The main characteristic of fusion cooking is variety – different ingredients and foods. As in other areas of style, fusion cooking recognizes no rules: chicken with vegetables could combine with kiwi or pineapple on one plate.
Word “fusion” in culinary terms is the blending of cooking traditions, products, and processing methods into one dish that combines the most seemingly incompatible products from different parts of the world. This style has been particularly fashionable in the last few decades, but to call it a new trend would be a mistake because the whole history of cooking has been a gradual blending and interpenetration of cultures. Americans just gave this trend a beautiful name.
The new recipes you would make up in the fusion cuisine style are risky since they are experimental. As with any attempt, they can be both brilliant success and a complete failure. It takes a lot of knowledge, effort, taste to create a fusion dish that tastes good and looks attractive. However, it is worth trying if you are an adventurous eater, curious to explore new tastes and cooking. Or you only need to break out of your dinner routine by still using everyday supermarket ingredients. Here are some books that could be helpful. Bon appétit!