Old_Honky - 1:35 pm on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
English food wasn't always boring.
You must be an American, next you'll be telling us all our teeth are rotten.
It is a big misconception English food has always been good, you are just flowing along with the anti English cuisine tide. I have lived in England most of my life and eaten well. My mother was an excellent (if a bit basic)cook who didn't boil everything to death, so in my early years I was bought up on good English cooking. As I got older and "foreign" food became established in this country I learnt to enjoy French, Italian, Chinese and Indian food. The only "fast food" I enjoy albeit very occasionally now because I have to watch my weight is Fish and Chips. Burgers and Kentucky fried (alleged) chicken just make me heave.
I am a reasonable cook and still prepare traditional English roast dinners, English fried breakfasts (rarely), and ordinary basic food like fried pig's liver and fried onions, meat and two veg, bangers and mash etc. We do not exclusively eat traditional English food as I also prepare stir fries, curries,pasta dishes and chillies regularly. I tend to do most of the cooking because my wife is a "semi" vegetarian and is not as food oriented as I am.
I'm sure you can find poorly prepared food, sub standard food in England just as you can in France, Italy or the USA, but remember there are far more British TV celebrity chefs visiting the USA than US celebrity chefs coming over here, in fact I can't think of one American chef I've seen on TV recently. There was a Chinese guy a few years ago on some of the satellite channels but all he did was stir fry. So who is teaching who how to cook properly?
And what about cheese, if "Monterey Jack" is anything to go by you Americans wouldn't know a good cheese if it came and bit you on the @rse! Our small country has a wealth of cheeses; Stilton, Double Gloucester, Wensleydale the list is endless, and none of them taste like some sort of rubbery industrial by-product.