World’s best cuisines

    Food and travel go together like love and marriage; you can’t have one without the other, and if you do, it’s bound to be unsatisfying. Unless, of course, you’re one of those people who regards eating as a chore. Oh, the horror! This post goes out to all you foodies out there; the ones who go to bed dreaming of your last meal and wake up thinking of your next one.

    1. French cuisine
    No points for guessing our number one pick. Yep, it’s French cuisine – the “crème de la crème” of the culinary world. French cooking has its roots in the Middle Ages when it brought rich banquets to the French Revolution. In today’s world, it’s known as “haute cuisine” and is as popular as the arts. Good pastries, cheese, bread and wine are where it’s at when it comes to French cuisine. [French recipes]

    2. Italian Cuisine
    Italian cuisine is positively ancient with roots stretching back to the 4th century BC. It evolved via the discovery of the New World which brought potatoes, tomatoes, pepper and corn on the list of ingredients. An Italian meal is structured into several sections: antipasto (the appetiser), primo (pasta or rice dish), secondo (meat course) and dolce (dessert). Italy is also famous for over 400 kinds of cheese, including the famous Parmigianino Reggiano, and 300 types of sausage. [Italian recipes]

    3. Chinese cuisine
    Did you know that Chinese cuisine is eaten by a third of the world’s population every day? Here’s another bit of trivia for you – most Chinese food is prepared in bite-sized pieces because knives and forks as weapons. Usually, every person at the table is given a bowl of rice while the other dishes are shared by one and all. Peking Duck, anyone? [Chinese recipes]

    4. Indian cuisine
    Sadly, only one part of the Indian cuisine is known to the world. The Indian food served in restaurants worldwide is North Indian, also known as Mughlai or Punjabi. There are three other categories of Indian cuisine which don’t get much airtime: South, East and West. The foods are mostly vegetarian, but many include lamb, goat, chicken and fish. Indian cuisine is usually very spicy, so slow and steady is the name of the game if you’re not used to fiery food. [Indian recipes]

    5. Thai cuisine
    Thai food alone, with its balanced mix of hot, sour, bitter and sweet, is a good enough reason to visit Thailand. Thai dishes are all about fresh herbs and flavours like lime juice, lemon grass and coriander. If you’re looking to get a kick of out your lunch, try the raw beef or fermented fish paste. Or for something to turn heads at your next dinner party, how about deep-fried insect larvae? [Thai recipes]

    6. Mexican cuisine
    Got a hankering for some iguana, insects, rattlesnake or spider monkey? Mexican cuisine has it all covered. Known for its varied flavours and spices, the food of Mexico is a result of the Spanish conquistadores’ interaction with the Aztec culture.. The French also had their part in the story, adding baked goods, such as sweet breads and the ‘bolillo’ (meaning ‘French bread’). [Mexican recipes]

    7. Japanese cuisine
    What’s not to love about Japanese food? We can see why it’s rapidly becoming a worldwide trend. White rice and soybeans are the staples of most Japanese dishes. In the 2014 Michelin Guide, 14 restaurants in Tokyo and Shonan maintain their three stars. A Michelin three-star rating is considered the ultimate international recognition in the culinary world. Nice work, Japan. [Japanese recipes]

    8. Spanish cuisine
    Paella, tapas, churros and fried potatoes are just a few of the tasty treats dished up by the food-loving Spaniards. Yum, yum and yum! Let’s just ignore the fact that Spanish cooking uses the most oil among all Western and Central European cuisines. Oh well, at least it’s olive oil which is good for the old ticker. If you’re looking for something to wash down your Spanish feast with, Sangria is the answer (a drink made of red wine, fruits and a splash of brandy). [Spanish recipes]

    9. Greek cuisine
    Olive oil, vegetables, feta and herbs like oregano, mint and rosemary are all the rage in Greek cooking. Significant influence from the Turkish and Italian cuisine can be seen in popular dishes like Moussaka, Tzatziki and Spanakopita (spinach pie). Eating in Greece is a different experience from Greek restaurants in other countries – ‘gyros’ for example (like a Donner Kebab) is considered as junk food by Greeks. [Greek recipes]

    10. Lebanese cuisine
    Lebanese cuisine dishes up all the goodness the Middle East has to offer. Foods are generally Mediterranean, high on vegetables, low on meat and full of flavours. We can’t get enough of the mezze – a selection of dips, pickles, salads and nibbles with Arabic bread. Lebanon is also famous for the Arabic sweets, Tripoli being referred to as the ‘Sweet Capital‘ of Lebanon. [Lebanese recipes]

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    684 comments on “World’s best cuisines”

    1. Electro says on May 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm:

      This is my list:

      1. Mexican
      2. Italian
      3. Chinese
      4. Japanese
      5. Greek
      6. Spanish
      7. French
      8. German
      9. Indian
      10. Other European cuisines that I will not list, but are good.

    2. Norbert says on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 am:

      Here’s my top 10 list with some honorable mentions…

      1. Italian – anybody who doesn’t have it on top has never been to Italy.
      2. Chinese – Mandarin is the most diverse food on the list
      3. Greek – light, fancy and yet exotic… mousake, suvlaki, baklava, dolmas, greek salads etc..,
      4. Cajun – spicy and innovative
      5. Turkish – fresh and mediteranean… love the doenner kebabs
      6. German/Austrian/Bavarian – rich, substantial; best cakes and deserts
      7. Tex/Mex – very diverse and evolving… IMO Tex/Mex is better than Mexican becuase it is simpler and tastier
      8. American BBQ – thick, sweet, delicioius BBQ draped over everything best in the southest and midwest (Memphis)
      9. Japanese – a more precise, higher end version of Chinese with all of the sushi and sashimi added to it for diversity
      10. Korean – great bbqs

      Honorable Mention:

      Philipino: Excellent noodle dishes and exotic treats
      Peruvian: fresh and good seafood; the cilantro, yellow and green peppers add a unique, but sometimes ostracizing flavor to these dishes.
      French: exquisite but limited in appeal… provincial French food is better then the regular flair.

    3. Camila says on May 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm:

      I’m peruvian and I have to say that we overated our gastronomy. For me peruvian food is just ok, but the best of the world? no way, personally I love chinese food, southeast asia’s food, mexican food, spanish food and italian food. Peruvian food is so unhealthy,

    4. Anthony says on June 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm:

      French cuisine is truly the best in the world. The majority of people on here have probably never studied cuisine and don’t know what they’re talking about.

    5. Baby says on June 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm:

      Sorry, there is NO way French is better than Italian. French desserts are undeniably the best, but Italian dishes are MUCH better. here is my list:
      1. Mexican cuisine
      2. Italian cuisine
      3. Greek cuisine
      4. Indian cuisine
      5.Thai cuisine
      6. Korean cuisine
      7. French cuisine
      8. Turkish cuisine
      9. Japanese cuisine
      10. German cuisine

    6. Hoosier says on June 16, 2013 at 7:28 pm:

      I am American and I always had curiosity for the different types of foods all over the world. I had the chance to travel to Europe and I can say the Italian cuisine is tastier and less pretentious than the French dishes. In my opinion a very underrated but tasty food is the polenta.

    7. Antoine says on June 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm:

      WTF? French cuisine stinks (especially cheese) and is one of the worst in the world!!!

    8. Phillip says on June 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm:

      1. Italian
      2.Mexican
      3. Greek
      4. Indian
      5. Thai
      6. Korean
      7.Somali
      8. Turkish
      9. French
      10. German

    9. Rose says on June 29, 2013 at 5:02 am:

      The list is pretty good and i do love the taste of most of these food. I have traveled most of these places and tried most cuisines. I do agree with the post about diversifying Chinese and Mexican.

      However i have recently made a discovery on my last vacation and it is that Caribbean cuisines are the best. It is very diverse and and it will suite anyone’s taste buds. Why do you think that the Caribbean has become so popular.

      People should really try it!!

    10. Joy says on July 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm:

      This list is crap.
      1. Belgian food
      2. Amish/Pennsylvania Dutch food
      3. Cajun/Creole food
      4. Soul Food
      5. Austrian food
      6. Swedish food
      7. Hungarian food
      8. Cambodian food
      9. Dominican food
      10.Brazilan food
      11. Argentine food
      12.Serbian food
      13. Singaporean food
      14. Senegalese food
      15. Algerian food
      16.New Zealand food
      Nothing is better than these!

    11. Renu says on July 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm:

      INDIAN food tops the list since it is does not have any outside culture mixed and has its own culture flavoured in it. The number of distinct dishes found in INDIA is just out numbers it does not stop with two things like pizza and pasta. Agree the INDIAN dishes need a little hands on but believe me it is just tasty and stages/styles it involves in cooking is Stupendous. Many have notion INDIAN food is all about ckicken and paratha. But one have to go around the places to feel the variety. Agree INDIAN is about spicy but not to forget the kinds of desserts it offers not like just 2 things pastries and cakes. It has varied mouth watering desserts such as halwa (varied types of halwa such as carrot, pumpkin, wheat halwa etc., payasam (again different types under this category can be found), from rice and grams we have lot of desserts. Each state/district has different FOODs to be offered. INDIA has so many STATES/DISTRICTS in it unimaginable….

    12. gobbo says on July 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm:

      Indian far superior to Italian. And the rest to be fair.

    13. nicolas says on July 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm:

      all those people talking about this “overhyped” french food after spending a few days in Paris are Pathetic…in France Paris is not the capital of food, you find many great restaurants but also many bad restaurants without a real chef that just want to make money. Wake up guys, do you think french cuisine is only about spending a lot of money, how do you think average people eat everyday ??. I also find very funny this guy arguing that french food is fat but ranking chinese food 3rd…ridiculous…there is no great cuisine but only great cooks…and before saying that a cuisine is good or not, spend more than 3 days in the country and use your brain. It depends on your tastes, but if french cuisine is so famous, I guess there must be a reason, but I repeat there is no best cuisine in the world

    14. Rita says on July 22, 2013 at 5:57 am:

      There are 2 cities called Tripoli in the Arab world, one is the capital of Libya and there’s ANOTHER one is a city in Lebanon. They’re two completely different places.

    15. George says on July 29, 2013 at 5:40 am:

      1)French
      2) Peruvian
      3) Greek
      4) Italian
      5) Lebanese
      6)Mexican

    16. Alex says on September 2, 2013 at 2:30 am:

      My two cents. I’ve visited both Italy and France (who have both influenced each other’s cuisine over the centuries) extensively. I love French cuisine but on a per pound basis, the Italians are masters on so many levels. I found I could go into almost any Italian place and eat well. For rustic, brilliant simple, master interpretation of life fusing with food, give me Italy. As for the “depth” and the ingredients, again, Italy matches and in some cases surpasses France. Italy is NOT just about pizza and pasta as some guy ridiculously claimed – methinks he needs to read a tad more to avoid sounding so silly (and pompous and insulting since there’s no basis for such an assertion). Italy is BUT ABOUT fresh ingredients and they are far more picky and demanding than the French. I’ve become passionate about Italy and made it a point to understand its cuisine and lemme tell ya, it’s been nothing but a joy. You can’t pigeonhole Italian cuisine. Venice, Bologna, Verona, Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples, Genoa, Val d’Aosta, Abruzzo, Puglia, Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia, etc. each have their unique diet and style of cooking. It overwhelms literally. I really could care less about Michelin stars. Italy is one big gigantic star to me. Aside from that, I absolutely love Lebanese, Asian (from China and Japan and Indian) food. To me, all are fantastic.

    17. Jessica Scarr says on November 6, 2013 at 7:22 am:

      I think that Portuguese food is far better than some countries refered in this list.

    18. NILESH says on November 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm:

      my own cuisine is no 1 INDIAN

    19. Jessica Palace says on November 20, 2013 at 2:20 am:

      France and Vietnamese is the best food!

    20. Desi Boy says on December 6, 2013 at 10:24 pm:

      1.Italian
      2.Mexican
      3.Indian
      4.Chinese

    21. Riccardo says on December 26, 2013 at 5:23 am:

      I’m Italian, and I am glad you guys appreciate our cuisine; just one tip: the famous cheese mentioned here is Parmigiano Reggiano. Parmigianino was a painter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parmigianino

      Anyway, thank you for this list, I am getting hunger :-) !

    22. Binith says on January 5, 2014 at 10:28 am:

      I won’t say what’s best, but in terms of richness and variety, you can’t beat Asian, especially Indian.spend yourlifetime eating, chances are you can’t satisfy yourself to cover all it has to offer.

    23. Mário says on January 11, 2014 at 10:44 am:

      1º Portugal
      2º Italy
      3º Brazilian
      4º Japan
      5º Chinese
      6º India

    24. Marco Perez says on January 17, 2014 at 10:06 am:

      I’m peruvian and the food in Peru is just a lot of carbohydrates. Potatoes and rice seems to be the base of this “world best cuisine”. I like italian food :3

    25. Leo says on January 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm:

      People need to stop complaining about french cuisine being the best in the world, especially when they base their opinion on… nothing, still thinking big parisian restaurants are where you can eat the finest french food… And fighting to have his country in front of France is just childish.
      The country is not that big, but each region has its own specialities. North-east was influenced by Germany while south was influenced by both Spain and Italy. It’s extremely diversified, and good.
      The french make the best, tastiest, finest food in the world, they know it and they are proud of it.

      You can’t beat the triangle France-Italy-Spain, definitely the best destination for the food-lovers.
      Deal with it.

    26. Konstantinos says on January 27, 2014 at 6:34 am:

      Turks butthurt that their cuisine was not included on the list while greek and lebanese was should remember that they would not have their cuisine if it wasn’t for the byzantine greeks. Greek cuisine = much older and timeless. Lebanese is awesome as well. I will take lebanese over Turkish any day of the week.

    27. Laiba says on February 7, 2014 at 5:35 am:

      Pakistani food is the best !!!

    28. Tom says on February 26, 2014 at 9:30 am:

      For all the ignorant people who think Italian food is only pasta and pizza well you definitely haven’t been there and don’t know that every single region has so many varied dishes.
      Such a small country but with so many dishes, no wonder it is considered one of the best(if not the best)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Italian_dishes

    29. Mattew says on March 6, 2014 at 8:28 am:

      Turkish, Moroccan and Peruvian food should be included.

    30. virajith says on March 28, 2014 at 10:35 pm:

      All cuisines have undergone changes [chefs use ideas from other cuisines too & name it as their own cuisine].
      So we cant compare in this 21st century

      Indian people,culture,languages,traditions ,food ….all are immeasurable ..i mean so many variations

      India is like king of variations compared to china ,italian foods
      Every house new taste , Every location new flavor

      Directly or indirectly ,consciously or unknowingly indian taste
      would come in eat street american foods

      Its like the pinnacle of food taste every one is trying to achieve

    31. Bakurova says on April 9, 2014 at 11:20 pm:

      Being a foodie, the list is
      1. Chinese
      2. Italian
      3. French
      4. Peruvian
      5. Spanish
      6. Mexican
      7. Japanese
      8. Greek
      9. Thai
      10.Brazilian

    32. Kevin Morrison says on May 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm:

      I like the Thai cuisine so much. It has great test. It’s really a colorful dish to eat.
      It is 5th among the top mostly tasty cuisine in the world. Thanks for posting.

    33. FoodLord says on May 23, 2014 at 2:46 pm:

      1. MEXICAN
      2. MEXICAN
      3. MEXICAN

      Everything else is an appetizer and not even close.

    34. Peter says on June 15, 2014 at 9:49 pm:

      Alright this list is legitimate and makes perfect culinary sense. Only I would like to add the next 10 cuisines in the following order:

      11- Turkish
      12- Moroccan
      13- Vietnamese
      14- Korean
      15- Peruvian
      16- Indonesian
      17- Armenian
      18- Argentinean
      19- South African
      20- Filipino

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