Top 10 influences
on world cuisines

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Top 10
influences on
world cuisines

and geology

Certain crops demand heavy rains, or sandy soil, or hot summers, or whatever. These variables determine which foods grow best and therefore which cooking ingredients will be economically available to the home cook. Example: People in rainy southern India eat substantially more rice than wheat. Those in relatively drier northern India do the opposite.

food shortages
in world cuisines

Example: Lands with frigid winters need to preserve foods and incorporate them into their cold season diets. Finland and North Korea are in this category.

and custom

Certain foods or combinations of foods in many world cuisinesĀ are forbidden by religion or deplored by custom. For instance, devote and Muslims and Orthodox Jews may not eat pork.


World cuisines are altered by invasions andĀ other martial actions. Initially, there is an aversion to the enemy's food. Eventually, assimilation occurs.


I've observed many times in my travels the obvious but telling difference in the agricultural results between a farmer using an animal-pulled plow and a modern tractor. Production is almost always more efficient and consumer prices are lower, but usually at the expense of food quality.

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