The essays were full of information and different viewpoints on how “American Cuisines” differ from others. I liked how Mintz offered his opinion that America doesn’t truly have its own cuisine. At first, this idea didn’t sit right with me until I read some of his points supporting his idea. America is always looked at as a melting pot because of all the different cultures we have here. Most of our food comes from different origins and we give it an American twist on the food. I enjoyed how Mintz explained the definition of cuisines and bridged the gap between cuisines and food. The essays offered a valid perspective about food and cuisines from a scientific view.