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Food, Fusion, and 1492

Corn, Chocolate, and Cassava cake, recipe below
With Columbus Day upon us and the mixed feelings that some have about it, let's turn to the story of food fusion after 1492. Corn and chocolate are plants native to the Americas and after 1492 Europeans introduced them to Africa. Two centuries later one saw Iberians, Indians, Africans, and castas (mixed folk) purchasing chocolate beverages and corn, chocolate, and cassava cake from street food vendors in urban centers in colonial South America. Street food is a lens into changes in culinary traditions and in this case they illustrate the gastronomical fusions that began after 1492. 

Corn, chocolate, and Cassava Cake Recipe: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jan/17/chocolate-cassava-cake

Food and 1492 Stories & Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Food+and+1492+

Street Food Series with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Street+Venders

The True History of Chocolate: [Listen Now 29 min11 sec] http://www.eatfeed.com/food-of-the-gods-a-sacred-history-of-chocolate/

Food and 1492, Chocolate Part 2

Hispanic History Month Through The Lens of Food