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Corn bread was not invented, but rather was product of cultural exchange and practical necessity. Corn was something unique to the New World. Indians were cooking with ground corn long before the European explorers came. The food we know today as cornbread has a northern European (English, Dutch, etc.) culinary heritage. The reason is simply that new settlers often had to make do with local ingredients [corn meal] when their traditional ingredients [finely ground wheat] were in short supply. When colonial American recipes carried the name Indian in their title (Indian bread, Indian pudding) it was because one of the ingredients was cornmeal. Since then, cornbread has been a staple in the Southern diet. There is a variant of cornbread called hush puppy which are balls of cornbread with onions and deep fried.

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  • Updated Jun 17, 2006
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