The combination of salt and pepper is the staple "seasoning" on most American food. At times, it can be the only seasoning on American food. If you've ever tasted food from other cultures, you'll realize that there is a wide range of flavors, colors, and spices added to simple dishes that turn them from simple into absolutely extraordinary.
So what happened in history that caused Americans to dismiss the beautiful world of spices, other than the plain old salt and pepper? The answer isn't simple, but it's worth investigating. Researchers have delved into history to help us understand why some cultures live a spicy and colorful cuisine lifestyle while others stick to the basics and seem to turn their noses up at spices.
A quick peek into the past reveals a lot about the cooking traditions of cultures around the world and why white people decided to turn down the spicy alternatives.
So many spices
Different is good
Only salt and pepper
To spice or not to spice
Let's start from the beginning
Spicy is a lifestyle
Just to name a few
via: ShutterstockIndian culture is known for how they combine rich spices that add intense flavor to curries and other popular dishes. An NPR journalist named Maanvi Singh, who grew up on North Indian cuisine, said her father often mixed spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, anise, cumin and bay leaves, just to name a few spices.