Cuisine Ingredients

Nathan Yau analyzed 40,000 recipes from 20 cuisines to find the most common and the biggest outlier ingredients. It's a surprisingly simple analysis, but I'd never seen it before and it's brought to life with traditional Flowing Data flair. Interesting facts I learned:

  • The most common ingredient in each cuisine is either salt, or the regional salt-substitute (like soy sauce).
  • The most cuisine-specific ingredient for each cuisine is totally guessable if you are familiar with the cuisine, and trying to guess them is quite fun. For example: Russian? Beets. Italian? Ricotta.
  • I did not realize how much Jamaicans like allspice. Go figure.

I really enjoyed this analysis and presentation.


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