It has been significantly influenced by Europeans, indigenous Native Americans, Africans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and many other cultures and traditions. The main influences on American cuisine are Native American, Irish, British, West African, Greek, and Italian cuisines. Non-vegetarian food was popular in the United States since before colonization. Native Americans who lived near the coast consumed seafood.
With immigration, the cuisine changed and the first settlers brought recipes from their own country. Cattle were raised and chicken, beef, lamb, and other meats became popular.