Fusion Without Confusion

September 28, 2015

Eons before White Castle ever conceived of sriracha chicken sliders—way back when food trucks selling curry burritos or sushi sub sandwiches were only a glimmer on a very, very distant horizon—fusion cuisine had a proponent in the person of Catherine de’ Medici, wife of France’s King Henry II. Many sources credit de’ Medici with having introduced signature Italian ingredients and dishes—from pastries to mayonnaise to artichokes, peas, spinach, and broccoli—to French cuisine when she left Italy in the 1530s.