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Top 5 Influences on Regional Cooking in the United States

New England

The Northeastern region of the United States, New England, owes much of its culinary influence to the first English settlers who came to the New World. Also due in large part to the rich bounty available in the oceans of the Northeast, seafood became a staple food source. The Puritan settlers were more accustomed to baking than frying foods, so meat pies are commonly found on menus in New England. The English settlers were also experienced dairy farmers, so cheese, cream and butter-based dishes appeared in abundance. Couple that with seafood, and you have classics like New England clam chowder and fish stew. Native Americans also had some influence on the cuisine of New England with the likes of the corn-based Johnny-cakes and hasty pudding.