The graphic above summarizes ingredients that are most characteristic of a world-region’s recipes. It was inspired by a 2011 paper that examined connections between RECIPES – INGREDIENTS – FLAVOR-CHEMICALS.1 A major finding of this paper was that: A handful of common ingredients best distinguish and define Western and Eastern recipes [and flavor-chemical networks].
The graphic below provides a more detailed description on region-specific ingredients:
For more information on the “flavor-chemistry” portion of that paper’s analysis you can check out our posts: Flavor Chemistry, Food Aromas, and Cooking Chemistry.
Thanks to Lauren Brown for her assistance on this graphic!
- Ahn, Yong-Yeol; Ahnert, Sebastian E.; Bagrow, James P. ; Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo. Flavor network and the principles of food pairing Scientific Reports, 2011, 1, 196.
- McGee, Harold. 1984. On Food and Cooking. New York, NY. Scribner pp. 272-274,389-400.
- Potter, Jeff. 2010. Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food. O’Reilly Media
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