“Culture is a sauce”
“People say America is a melting pot. But I think of it more like a stew. All the different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds come together and swim around in a common pot. In a stew, you can still see and taste the individual ingredients, but the sauce is a combination of all of them blended together.
Our American culture is a sauce that is formed by all the different immigrant ingredients that have been thrown into the pot over the years and centuries. But we can also see the different cultures and backgrounds reflected in specific ways in America; we can trace some of the tastes that we find in the stew to the ingredients that are still visible today.
Each of us individually is a result of a mixture of backgrounds too. Some of us are more homogeneous than others. Most of us are mutts.”