A World Flavors Map

World Flavors

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:

World Flavors (Detail)

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!



  1. 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.
  2. McGee, Harold. 1984. On Food and Cooking. New York, NY. Scribner pp. 272-274,389-400.
  3. Potter, Jeff. 2010. Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food. O’Reilly Media


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