Global Cuisine

From Eating Asturias, the Encyclopedia of Asturian Gastronomy
map made of various foods

Global Cuisine is my own term. I use it to describe the collection of dishes, preparations, and techniques that have become common or typical across many regions around the world. Once an ingredient, technique, or dish has been adopted widely enough that it is unremarkable to find it in some form in most places around the world, it is part of the Global Cuisine.

It is distinct from the concept of world cuisine - those cuisines that have, in one form or another, become widely appreciated far from their home. Global Cuisine is, instead, individual units of food production that have been completely decontextualized.

The Columbian Exchange resulted in a huge expansion of what could be considered global cuisine.

From the very basic and obvious (now) things like rice, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, beef cattle, and chickens, world cuisine has steadily expanded from the 16th century.

Tacos, pizza, ramen, burgers, tofu, pasta, arroz con pollo, ricotta cheese, rice pudding… all of these are now truly world wide foods.

Global Foods in Asturias

The following is a partial list of common foods in Asturias that are also a part of global cuisine: