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A Guide to German Cuisine

A Guide to German Cuisine

Food cultures, Food Europe
Everyone knows about French cuisine, but German? It may not be easy to think of anything else but sausage but if you are going to Germany, you should not miss to enjoy their domestic delights. Here are some dishes you should try and a guide to German food culture! Germany is food, especially if you come to home cooking. The kitchen may not have the same aura as the French which is most often associated with refined arrangements in small portions, while Germany is instead dominated by large portions and rustic well-cooked home cooking. There are of course plenty of restaurants of very high class, which in Baiersbronn a place that is said to have the most Michelin restaurant stars per inhabitant. But what is typical German food then? Not easy to say since Germany is a large country...
What is Food Culture? A Complete Guide

What is Food Culture? A Complete Guide

Food cultures, Foods
What is food culture? Food and culture are closely related to each other. The fact is that food can influence culture, but more importantly, culture influences food. Food and culture are not two different things. In fact, food is actually closely integrated into the culture of a country, people, or location. Before we dig in, let's sort out what "culture" actually means. As per Wikipedia's definition, culture is: "Culture is a word for the 'way of life' of groups of people, meaning the way they do things. Different groups may have different cultures. A culture is passed on to the next generation by learning, whereas genetics are passed on by heredity. Culture is seen in people's writing, religion, music, clothes, cooking and in what they do." Interestingly enough, the defin...
A Guide to Puerto Rico Food Culture

A Guide to Puerto Rico Food Culture

Food America, Food cultures
Puerto Rico has an exciting food culture where traditional cuisine Cocina Criolla offers everything from street food to savory casseroles to vegetarian - and of course, national beverage rum. In Puerto Rico, there is a wide range of restaurants and bars - everything from traditional Puerto Rican dishes to a more modern Western-influenced cuisine. Puerto Rico's food culture is based on the indigenous people of Taino's varied dishes and over the years influenced by both Spanish, African, and American cuisine. It is from this flavor mix that the Puerto Rican cuisine Cocina Criolla has grown. Cocina Criolla consists mostly of rice, beans, chicken, meat, and vegetables which are often used as a base. In cooking, Puerto Ricans usually use the spice Sofrito as mainly red and green cubanell...
Food Culture and Trends in USA

Food Culture and Trends in USA

Food America, Food cultures
The food is a big part of the experience when traveling. When you travel to a country where food has a very strong charge, as in the USA, the food is really at the center and you can't help but make comparisons with what you are used to at home. The USA has its very own food culture of what you eat and how you eat. Below are some distinctive things about the food and the food culture in the US. Note that this is generally speaking and regional differences may apply. The soft drinks are large, and free refills are standard. At a restaurant, they fill up as soon as they have taken a sip. The same applies to accessories such as French fries, where free refilling is often included in the price. "Contains genuine sugar" is a strong selling point that signals quality as it means that the
Japanese Food Culture – What You Should Know

Japanese Food Culture – What You Should Know

Food Asia, Food cultures
Japan is located in Asia and consists of thousands of islands. The four major islands are called Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. The Japanese climate contains drastic extremes, ranging from the very cold northern Hokkaido to the subtropical islands of southern Okinawa. As many as 80% of the country's area consists of mountains or forests, just over 14% is cultivated, and slightly over 4% is built up. Of the cultivated areas, mainly rice is grown there. There are 126.8 million inhabitants in Japan, of whom 43% live in one of the major coastal cities of Tokyo (capital), Osaka, and Nagoya. The population density in Japan is the highest in the world. Japan is a monarchy and the most common religions are Shinto and Buddhism. Japanese Food culture Japan is a very special country ...
A Guide to Irish Food Culture

A Guide to Irish Food Culture

Food cultures, Food Europe
English food culture dominates in Ireland. Everything can be breaded, and you get chips (french fries) for everything. Meat is always well done, and you get cooked vegetables for your food (carrots, haricot verts, broccoli. Instead of gravy, gravy, or bird, stuffing (bread crumbs mixed with spices) applies. There are very good ingredients produced on the island, but the Irish themselves do not use them for the most interesting dishes. Nor does the ordinary Irishman seem to have taken a liking to long-distance foreign food. Visit a butcher to buy meat when you cook, it is an element that has disappeared in many countries, as it is becoming more common with pre-cut and plastic-packed. The meat is almost always locally produced. Similarly, fish shops are also still common in Irish c...
A Guide to Japanese Food Culture

A Guide to Japanese Food Culture

Food Asia, Food cultures
If one were to ask around what Japanese food is, the vast majority would probably answer sushi. And yes, Tokyo is actually sushi's home town, but Japanese food is still so much more than that! There are noodle dishes in plenty, deep-fried foods such as kushiage and tempura, okonomiyaki which is like a Japanese equivalent of pizza, a schnitzel-like dish of tonkatsu, chicken skewers, casseroles of all kinds, and the list could be made endless. If you enjoy cooking and are interested in how the food culture can differ from one country to another, you should definitely take and study Japanese cuisine more closely. Japanese cuisine culture The country's cooking has always been characterized by a number of very important principles, some of which are; the care of the different primar...
Regional Differences in Italian Food Culture

Regional Differences in Italian Food Culture

Food cultures, Food Europe
Italian food culture has influenced large parts of the world. Italian cuisine is popular and appreciated by gourmets and critics, and often associated with fine cooking at luxury restaurants. But Italy is a long country, and the food culture is not the same across the whole of Italy. There are many regional differences from south to north, and in this post, we will go through them. Food culture in the north of Italy In northern Italy, we find that we are closer to Austria, for example. Here the food is heavier, preferably potatoes, risotto and pasta. Always bread for every meal. The climate is also colder in northern Italy, making hot dishes such as pots popular. In these, you often have different types of meat and legumes. Central Italy food culture In central Italy, eating hab...
Guide to French Food Culture

Guide to French Food Culture

Food cultures, Food Europe
French food can be very varied. Here there are both classic dishes and more modern ones, as well as simple and difficult meals to cook. Baguette, snails, cheese and wine in all honor, but the fact is that French cuisine has much more to offer, not least in the capital Paris. The classic French cuisine You've probably heard of the classic French cuisine. This is something that many chefs learn more about during their education and which kitchens in other countries have been inspired by. For the most part, classic French cuisine includes traditional dishes that are not infrequently rich in cream and sauces of various kinds. Wine is often used for this. Nouvelle cuisine is the opposite of this and means new (modern) cuisine. Haute cuisine offers satisfying and sophisticated meals ...
Guide to Lebanese Food Culture

Guide to Lebanese Food Culture

Food cultures
Lebanese food has spread throughout the world, and especially in the Middle East and the Mediterranean with the help of Phoenician sailors and merchants. A meal is an important ritual and symbol of peace in the Lebanese lifestyle. In Lebanon, sharing "bread and salt" together means a true act of friendship and peace. From this, rituals, traditions, and a Lebanese hospitality tradition have arisen: the table is immediately set aside and guests must stay and eat. Lebanese food is quick and easy to cook. You use a lot and variety of nature's raw materials, according to season. Meat and vegetables are often used as a base. Olive oil, garlic, and lemon form a sacred compound and occur in all meals in one way or another. As an appetizer, you come up with meza, which can mean more than ...