Amazing Cuisine Facts
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(from French cuisine, "cooking; culinary art; kitchen";
ultimately from Latin coquere, "to cook") is a specific set of
cooking traditions and practices, often associated with a
that it is often named
after the region or place where its underlining
culture is present.
... that a cuisine is
primarily influenced by the ingredients that are available
locally or through trade?
... that Religious
food laws can also exercise a strong influence on cuisine?
that a traditional
cuisine is a coherent tradition of food
preparation that rises from the daily lives and kitchens of a
people over an extended period of time in a specific region of
a country, or a specific country, and which, when localized,
has notable distinctions from the cuisine of the country as a
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and methods of preparation traditional to a
region or population?
that the major
factors shaping a cuisine are climate, which in large measure
determines the native raw materials that are available to the
cook; economic conditions, which regulate trade in delicacies
and imported foodstuffs; and religious or sumptuary laws,
under which certain foods are required or proscribed?
also affects the supply of fuel; the characteristic Chinese
food preparation methods, in which food is cut into small
pieces before being cooked, was shaped primarily by the need
to cook food quickly to conserve scarce firewood and charcoal?
preserved for winter consumption by smoking, curing, and
pickling have remained important in world cuisines for their
altered gustatory properties even when these preserving
techniques are no longer strictly necessary to the maintenance
of an adequate food supply?
cuisine is traditionally divided into regions according to the
common use of major foodstuffs, especially grains and cooking
fats. In Central and South America, corn (maize), both fresh
and dried, is the staple?
that in northern
Europe, wheat, rye, and fats of animal origin
predominate, while in southern Europe olive
oil is ubiquitous and rice becomes important?
that in Italy the
cuisine of the north, featuring butter and
rice, stands in contrast to that of the south, with its wheat
pasta and olive oil?
likewise can be divided into rice regions and noodle regions?
that throughout the
Middle East and Mediterranean there is a
common thread marking the use of lamb, olive oil, lemons,
peppers, and rice?
vegetarianism practiced in much of India has made
pulses such as chickpeas and lentils as important as wheat or
that from India to
Indonesia the lavish use of spices is characteristic;
coconuts and seafood are used throughout the region
both as foodstuffs and as seasonings?