Americans Fail to Understand They Didn't Invent All Food

By Tom Pritchard on at

There are countries all over the world that will adamantly declare that anything good in the world was created by them. The English are definitely guilty of that, but the Americans out there tend to take things to an extreme. Currently there's a bit of outrage going on on Twitter about the great Yorkshire Pudding, but America apparently has its own version that they're claiming to have invented all by themselves.

If this sounds a bit familiar, you might want to think back to last summer when American supermarket chain Trader Joe's launched a product called a "puff dog" which was a hot dog wrapped up in pastry - making it a very weird type of sausage roll. Now the new outrage comes thanks to the New York Times posting a recipe for a 'Dutch Baby' – which is described as a "large, fluffy pancake is excellent for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dessert any time of year." It's also exactly like the Yorkshire Pudding.

As many have pointed out, the Yorkshire Pudding itself is made from pancake batter, it just so happens to have been cooked very differently. Others have also taken issue with the fact that the Yorkshire Pudding could be considered a dessert, rather than a savoury dish, though I say those people are fools. I've eaten Yorkshire pudding with ice cream and it's fucking wonderful.

Naturally, the internet being the internet, people have risen to the defence of the 'Dutch Baby', claiming it's been around for a long time and isn't the same thing. Which is so wrong, because they look the same and are made from the same things. Plus, the Yorkshire Pud has been around a lot longer. According to my basic Google searching skills, the Dutch Baby is based on traditional German Apfelpfannkuchen pancakes and dates back to Seattle in the 1900s. The Yorkshire Pudding, meanwhile, can be traced as far back as 1736, when a recipe for "a dripping pudding" was published in the book The Whole Duty of a Woman. Though the meal itself dates back further.

That means it's actually older than the USA (as a country), even if the two supposedly didn't share an origin. But America being America, they didn't seem to recognise the fact that someone else could have invented something good first, just because they'd never heard of it. [Standard]