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Cuisines of the World

Learn about the essentials of cuisines from around the world. Remember that a broad category like "Latin American" contains many more specific cuisines, such as Puerto Rican, Mexican, etc.
a data set by the_gourmet
created June 15, 2017
CuisineCommonly Used SpicesCommonly Used IngredientsAssociated BeveragesDishesBreadsDessertsTypical Breakfast
FrenchPersillade, Herbes de Provence, tarragon, chervil, chives.Cheese, butter, leeks, wine, escargot, duck, turnips.Wine, Café au lait, champagne.Coq au vin, quiche, foie gras, escargot.Brioche, baguette, croissant.Macaron, Éclair, Crêpe, crème brulee.Slice of bread or croissant with café.
ItalianOregano, basil, parsley.Pasta, tomato sauces, prosciutto, pesto, Parmigiano-Reggiano, wine.Espresso, wine.Fettuccine Alfredo, Ragù, Minestrone soup, Spaghetti.Ciabatta, focaccia.Tiramisu, cannoli, panna cotta, biscotti.Caffè latte and bread or roll with butter and jam. Often served with biscotti.
GermanCaraway seeds, bay leaves, mustard seed.Sausage, cabbage, mustard, Spätzle.Beer, coffee.Bratwurst, schnitzel, labskaus.Stollen, pretzels, pumpernickel.Bee Sting Cake, Black Forest Cake, Berliner, streusel.Warm beverage and bread with butter or other spread. Also, juice and a boiled egg are common.
BritishMustard powder, sage, spearmint, poppy seeds, mulling spices, cinnamon.Lamb, offal, suet, root vegetables, dried fruit.Tea, barley water, Pimm's.Beef Wellington, Haggis, Ulster Fry, fish and chips, Scotch eggs.Rye, Soda bread, crumpet, bannock, scones.Mince pie, Christmas pudding, Chelsea buns, banoffee pie.Fried egg, sausage, black pudding, bacon, baked beans, hash browns, toast, and tomato.
AmericanBlack pepper, garlic, chili powder.Corn, peanuts, beef, pecans, BBQ sauce, ketchup. Iced tea, coca-cola, root beer.Cheeseburger and fries, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, eggs benedict, steak.Cornbread, banana bread, fry bread, biscuits.Apple pie, cheesecake, brownies, donuts.Pancakes or toast, eggs, bacon or sausage, and hash browns.
MediterraneanSumac, mint, cardamom, fenugreek, sesame seed.Hummus, lamb, olive oil, grapes, vegetables, figs, yogurt.Ayran, wine, juices.Fattoush, moussaka, dolmadhes, Pita, Olive bread, za'atar, lavash.Loukoumades, baklava, halva.A grain (bulgur, bread), fruit/vegetables, and a protein source (eggs, yogurt).
Latin AmericanCilantro, jalapeño, cumin, saffron.Corn, rice, plaintains, avocados, beans, salsa.Cola champagne, horchata, margarita, tequila.Tacos, tamales, pupusas. EmpanadasArepa, tortilla, conchas, Tres leches cake, flan, churro.Sweet bread and café con leche. An egg dish such as huevos a la Mexicana is another common option.
ChineseGinger, garlic, star anise, fennel, tamari powder.Rice, noodles, chicken, pork, soy sauce, sesame.Tea, baijiu, rice wine, herbal tea.Congee, dim sum, kung pao chicken, chow mein.Steamed buns (bao), scallion pancakes.Almond jelly, moon cakes, banana roll.Porridge, steamed buns, soy milk.
IndianCurry, garam masala, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, saffron, nutmeg, coriander.Millet, lentils, chickpeas, ghee, yogurt.Tea, lassi, coffee, beer.Vindaloo, tandoori chicken, biryani, palak paneer.Naan, roti, dosa.Laddu, kaju katli, milk pudding, rice pudding.Tea or coffee with flatbread and a vegetable dish.
JapaneseGinger, wasabi powder, sesame seeds, Shichimi togarashi.Rice, soy sauce, sake, sea food, tofu, noodles (soba and udon).Tea, sake, shōchū.Sushi, ramen, sashimi, onigiri, miso soup.Curry bread, anpan, melonpan.Green tea ice cream, dorayaki, mochi.Rice, miso soup, a protein such as fish, and side dishes (pickles, dried seaweed, salad, natto).
RussianPepper, onion, garlic, horseradish, dill, bay leaf.Cabbage, potatoes, eggs, dried fruit, sour cream.Vodka, kvass, tea, Medovukha.Borscht, porridge, pirozhki, beef stroganoff, chicken kiev.Blini, black bread, kulich.Vatrushka, napoleon, tula gingerbread.Sandwich with cheese or sausage, or else porridge, eggs, or pancakes.
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