Food and Immigration

Over at the Corner, John Podhoretz and John Derbyshire are debating whether or not immigration is good for the country (a taste here and here).

Reading through the exchange reminded me of a part of the immigration debate that has been sorely neglected: the impact of immigration on food. If not for immigrants, we wouldn’t have pizza, hot dogs, Chinese food, to name just a few staples of the American diet. Were it not for post-Colonial immigration, I guess we’d be stuck eating British foods. Ugh!

As the great immigration debate of 2006 continues, I hope everybody will consider the impact that any legislation will have on America’s culinary options.