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Welcome to “WiSE” (Workshops in Speaking English) Tonight: “American” food Led by Brea Barthel What is “American” food? That’s hard to answer! America is a nation of immigrants Many different cooking styles Regional specialties

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welcome to wise workshops in speaking english
Welcome to “WiSE”(Workshops in Speaking English)


“American” food

Led by Brea Barthel

what is american food
What is “American” food?

That’s hard to answer!

  • America is a nation of immigrants
  • Many different cooking styles
  • Regional specialties
  • Eating habits change through time (low-carbohydrate; vegetarian; etc.)
where do americans eat meals
Where do Americans eat meals?
  • Cooking at home
  • “Ordering in” (having food delivered)
  • Take-out (or getting food “to go”; picked up at a restaurant)
  • Fast food (eaten in the car or in the “fast-food joint”)
  • Eating out at a restaurant
americans often eat on the run
Americans often eat “on the run”

Source: Marketing study cited in CNN, 10/4/05 (http://money.cnn.com/2005/10/04/news/funny/takeout/)

so what is american food
So what is “American” food?

Dinners for white, working-class Euro-American families often include:

  • Meat (often in large pieces)
  • Potatoes
  • A vegetable (often canned)
  • A salad of lettuce & tomato
  • Dessert (ice cream, pie, or cookies)
  • French fries
  • Potato chips
  • Mashed
  • Home fries
  • Hash browns
  • Scalloped
  • Baked
  • And more!



  • Americans 2-19 years old receive 40 percent of their calories from fat and added sugar.
  • French fries would be the most common vegetable eaten…
  • But are potatoes a vegetable?
  • Yes, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
  • The USDA proclaimed French fries a vegetable in 2004!

Sources: Jan 04 Journal of the American Dietetic Association (15-24 month-olds); USA Today 6/15/04 (USDA); http://vitamindiscount.com/newsroom/pressreleases/pr20030102.cfm(2-19)

so how do you order in an american restaurant
So how do you order in an American restaurant?
  • That depends on the type of restaurant
  • Let’s assume you are going out to a nice sit-down restaurant
  • Your dinner may have a few “courses”
  • Here are some things to consider…
courses of a dinner
“Courses” of a dinner
  • Appetizer: small “nibbles” to eat while you wait for the main meal
  • Soup
  • Salad
  • “Entrée” (main dish, usually meat or fish)
  • “Side dishes” with the entree (potatoes, vegetables)
  • Dessert
but first cost considerations
But first: cost considerations
  • Sometimes the entrée price includes salad and/or side dishes
  • Sometimes other items are paid for separately (or “a la carte”)
  • Drinks are usually “extra”
  • For sit-down meals, you should leave a tip of 15% of the total price
lots of choices
Lots of choices!
  • Soup? Cup or bowl?
  • Entrée? How prepared? (rare, medium, or well-done; baked or broiled)
  • Salad? Which “salad dressing”? (French, Italian, Russian, Blue Cheese, Honey Mustard, or others)
  • Potatoes? What kind? (French fries, baked, mashed)
  • Baked potato? With or without “sour cream”?
  • Coffee? Regular or decaf? Black, cream, or sugar?
  • Pie? Plain or “a la mode” (with ice cream)?

In a fancy restaurant:

  • “I’d like the London Broil [a cut of beef]with a baked potato, no sour creamand Italian dressing for the salad.”

Or, the more likely meal out:

  • “Give me a Whopper with medium fries & a Coke.”
fancy restaurants have lots of dishes and utensils
Fancy restaurants have lots of dishes and utensils!
  • Salad fork
  • Dinner fork
  • Dinner plate
  • Knife
  • Soup spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Salad plate
  • Soup bowl
  • Cup & saucer
  • [“Bread & Butter” plate and glass not shown]
related terms
Related terms
  • Banquet: fanciest type of sit-down meal
  • Sit-down dinner: Food is served ahead of time on the plate, and delivered to your table
  • Buffet: Food is in bowls on a side table, and you help yourself
  • Family Style: Food is in bowls that you “pass around,” usually clockwise
  • Picnic: Outdoor informal meal, often with hot dogs or hamburgers
  • “Pot Luck”: a buffet meal where the guests each bring a “dish” to share
dining etiquette expected behavior
Dining “etiquette” (expected behavior)
  • Place your napkin on your lap before you start to eat; put it on the table when you’re done.
  • Keep your mouth closed when you chew
  • Swallow before you speak
  • Usually keep your fork in the left hand to cut, but the right hand to eat
  • The knife usually rests across the top of your plate after the first time you use it.
  • Always say thank you to your host
  • Always tip your waiter after a sit-down meal
it s time for you to talk
It’s time for you to talk!
  • Practice ordering a meal at Friendly’s restaurant.


  • What are meals like in your country?
  • Have you eaten at an American’s house?
  • Have you eaten in an American-style restaurant?
  • Or, talk about anything!