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Many Chowhounders it seems are quite the *cosmopolitan*. What five countries do you cook most? (Other than the United States of America!)

My five countries that I cook most:

Italy. A lovely country with lots of culture and good food. In Tuscany and Rome and then further South the food is delicious with olive oil. In the North part its much more butter but still it' good.

India. To be honest India is not my favorite country and I dont recommend it. But the food is *the best* especially for the use of spices! Maybe you can say India is the best *only* for the use of spices. But no country has more delicious food than India because the spices are deliciious. It takes a long time to cook India. Sometimes I am too busy *studying* to cook India.

China. China is a *rough and real* country with *down to earth* people and the *Great Wall of China* which is very steep! China has many different food regions including but not limited to Shanghai, Sichuan, Hunan, and Gwongdong, and the food is varied and delicious. Also China is easy to cook!

Mexico. I love the *Mexicana* people and there goodness. Mexico food is delicious and also it has a lot of complexity and variety.

Thailand. Thailand is "unusual" and do not criticise the King! But the food is so complex and serious and unique and, furthermore, it has good variety.

One last comment please so there is no misundersatnding. My two favorites foods in the world are French food and Japan food. I dont cook these foods because I cant make them great. Personality wise, I strive for greatness in everything I do!

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  1. Italy
    Germany
    Mexico
    Israel
    Spain

    1. Outside of Canadian food as I am Canadian, the food I prepare most has changed a lot in the last couple years.

      It started out as mostly Italian with some French influence, but now is vastly different.

      I would say in order of frequency I cook;

      Japanese
      Italian
      Korean
      Chinese
      Thai

      Sixth would actually be Canadian or North American food. I am not cooking it often these days.

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      1. re: TeRReT

        Thank you for your commentary. How did you learn to cook Korean?

        1. re: MrBoombastic

          Maybe I should have qualified that with endeavour to cook, or cook in the style of, or influenced by :P I have been taught Italian and French cooking, but Korean is certainly an experiment, some traditional dishes that I have researched and made a reasonable attempt at, other times just a general stir fried dish with kimchee and sesame oil.

          I live in Japan now, so have access to a whole host of different ingredients and cooking appliances\techniques, and many of the Japanese ingredients and cooking vessels lend themselves to similar cooking to Korean, so I kind of dabble there. Same with Chinese. A lot of the dishes are related to one another between the countries, so I just kind of come up with my own interpretation or whatever. This last month I have been heavily into kimchee, so have been doing a lot of Koreanish food, but probably soon it'll change and I will do something else.

        2. re: TeRReT

          Dude, there are a lot of Asian cuisines there.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            My freezer is full of rice, my pantry full of sesame oil, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, sake and nori, and my fridge is full of soy sauce, ponzu, yuzu ponzu, ginger, garlic, daikon, green onions, eggplant, shimeji mushrooms, and sliced pork belly, its difficult not to cook Asian :P

            I used to have pasta 3-4 times a week, now i am lucky to have it once every two weeks.

            1. re: TeRReT

              Yes, but pasta (dried, anyway) is as easy to find in Japan as rice. The decision is up to you, but it sounds like you have a lot of great stuff to cook. Eggplant seems to be particularly good earlier than usual this year.

              1. re: Tripeler

                Oh no finding pasta is no problem, its just easier to cook what I am cooking. Part of it has to do with just being here surrounded by Asian food I cook it more, plus I only have 1 burner so if I make pasta I have to make my sauce, take it off, boil water, cook pasta, sauce back on, etc. Kind of half environment and half lazy and maybe another half because its nice to take a break from pasta for a bit :P

        3. I cook mostly
          Greek,
          Italian,
          Mexican,
          Provencal, and
          Portuguese mains and side dishes during the summer. Most of the desserts I bake in the summer are fruit-based Anglo-Canadian/American desserts, mostly cobblers, crumbles and crisps.

          In the fall & winter, I cook
          Indian,
          North African,
          and Mitteleuropean (goulash, borscht, etc) dishes more frequently.

          I tend to cook more German dishes in October, and more Cajun/Creole dishes in Feb/March.

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          1. re: prima

            Chinese
            Filipino
            Middle Eastern
            Asian-American
            Indo-Pak

            But like you I change with the season and come fall or winter, I'm cooking much more from Mitteleuropa and Louisiana. Or anything that pairs with beer.

          2. Hmmm. I would have to say Italy....Italy, Italy, and then, well, Italy...and then perhaps Mexico. I love Chinese, but I don't want to take the time to cook it. Don't care at all for Indian.

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            1. re: FitMom4Life

              Yeah, I'd have to say Italy would be my first four countries, too, followed by Mexico. I like Indian food, but have cooked it just a handful of times. Love Chinese, but spent more time attempting it when I was younger.

              1. re: kattyeyes

                It took me a while to think about this, and I finally came down to Italy, also. Then Mexico. A few odds and ends of Greek, Indian, Thai or Chinese, but I'd rather eat those out.

                I often have been trying to figure out something to do with eggplant from our garden lately, and when I am too tired or too busy to follow a new recipe, I just go for red sauces (we have lots of tomatoes, too) and cheese, it seems, with oregano and fresh basil and garlic. I'm not Italian, but the herbs are so easy for me to use, it's become my fallback when the brain isn't operating at full speed.

                1. re: jmcarthur8

                  Do you make rollatini with some of your eggplant?

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    Kattyeyes, I used the same ingredients, but I layered it instead of rolling it. Rollatini lasagna, perhaps?

                    1. re: jmcarthur8

                      Ooooooh, nice! So delicious in any form. :)

            2. Hard question to answer, because it's more region than country. Country is too broad.

              But, in order:
              France (Alps region - haute savoie)
              Italy, Piedmonte
              France, Southwest
              Italy, Lombardy
              Italy, Sicily
              Mexico
              I know you said not US, but Cajun is a distinct cuisine, so I'll go with that

              1. India
                Middle Eastern- Israeli/Lebanese/Syrian
                Morocco
                Mexico
                Italy

                (I have a theme going there I guess... ) :)

                1. Hrmm...

                  Italian
                  Indian
                  British - To remind me of home!
                  Chinese
                  Mexican

                  I'm also going to include American (on the side). Since moving to Canada, I actually cook far more American style dishes than I ever did before.

                  1. Fun question! Me? In no particular order of preference or frequency,

                    French/classic haute cuisine (1960s)
                    Turkish/Greek
                    Italian
                    Mexican/Cal-Mex/Border
                    Moroccan

                    There are lots more, like Chinese and Japanese, but you only asked for five. '-)

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                    1. re: Caroline1

                      Caroline, you may have 2 of mine - I never made it to five!

                      1. re: Veggo

                        You're stretching my credulity. As in hard to believe!

                        1. re: Caroline1

                          Pretty much Mexican, a little sushi, then my collective caribbean, Garifuna, and Uruguayan really only counts as one. Cuban doesn't count at all.

                          1. re: Veggo

                            I suspect you have really pissed off some Cubans!

                            1. re: Caroline1

                              Cuban in Cuba sucks because they are too poor for good ingredients. Cuban on Calle Ocho in Miami is far better, and there are a few nice Cuban restos within easy reach in Sarasota - Tampa, the Columbia has restos in both. I think you know I am a Cuban sympathizer.

                              1. re: Veggo

                                and the argument could be made that for folks around Tampa and Miami, Cuban food isn't really ethnic...it's just how folks eat in those cities! (Cuban sandwiches, media noche sandwiches, cafe Cubano, flan, black beans and rice...that's all just comfort food!)

                                1. re: sunshine842

                                  For the most part, yes. But there are some pretty good Cuban braises and ropa viaja in Florida that are the real deal. It's unfortunate that it's almost impossible to get a good fish dinner in Cuba, because nobody can have a boat. The repetitive black beans, rice, and plantains with every cuban meal gets tiresome.

                                  1. re: Veggo

                                    I don't doubt that...and I have to bow to your experience on that one...hopefully one of these days, Americans will be able to visit.

                    2. Italian
                      Indian
                      Spain
                      Middle east
                      French A distant fifth

                      1. Italy
                        Mexico
                        India

                        No other country even comes close to the top three. I cook Italian and Mexican with equal frequency. India is a fairly close third.

                        1. At our house

                          Italy ( my husband and daughter)
                          Japan ( my daughter)
                          Mexico ( my husband)
                          Lebanese ( my husband)
                          Greek
                          India
                          France

                          Creole
                          Cajun
                          China
                          Morrocan

                          1. country sounds too broad but i tend to make (in no particular order): German, Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese. simple dishes only though. otherwise i like eating just about all cuisines, save for Indian and all kinds of curry (although i do love Thai food...).

                            1. Thailand

                              Croatia

                              Britain

                              Italy

                              Turkey

                              Those are my top 5 but I cook so many cultures/countries/regions. My current dabbling favourites include Lebanon, Israel, Norway...and they are all just so darned good.

                              1. Your 5 are my 5, too.

                                1. Frequency of cooking:
                                  British
                                  Cuban
                                  Japanese - rice balls and yakitori
                                  German
                                  Colombian - my new recipe kick...

                                  1. Taiwan/China
                                    Japan
                                    Italy
                                    Mexico
                                    Thailand

                                    1. Me:

                                      Chinese,
                                      Indian
                                      American
                                      Korean
                                      Vietnamese/Thai

                                      (So want to learn to cook Mexican. Bought a book online, but it got stole at my doorstep.

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                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                        Ck, there are a gazillion great Mexican recipes on line! I'm sorry your cookbook was stolen, but golly gee, why did you buy one in the first place? For me the great advantage of on-line recipes and cookbooks is that they don't require any additional shelf space! '-)

                                        1. re: Caroline1

                                          Actually, if it is just the cookbook, then it is fine. Long short short, there are a bunch of teenagers who decided to "hijack" UPS and Fedex delivery in my neighborhood. They were eventually caught, but they were basically hiding in brushes and ambushing UPS and Fedex delivery (right after the delivery trucks pull away). I alone have three things stolen including that "Darth Raven" action figure you see for my icon. I had to order twice because the first one was stolen.

                                          I actually did not really buy the Mexican cookbook per sa. I am an Amazon top reviewers so Amazon once awhile send me products for reviews.

                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                            You shoulda zapped them with whatever superpowers that action figure possesses. Little punks!

                                            That is interesting re Amazon. Makes me think I should write some reviews and see what lands on my doorstep. :)

                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                              :) Well, if you get many "thumb ups" for your reviews, then you increase your review ranking and Amazon will contact you once you have a high score. What Amazon does is that it will send you a list via email and you can select whatever items you like from that list for review. So you have some control of what comes to your doorstep.

                                              If you look at this Mexican cookbook, then you can see that the fourth reviewer (Brain Connors) and the sixth reviewers (Katawampas) are Vine reviewers and they requested and received the book for free and in return they reviewed the book.

                                              http://www.amazon.com/Truly-Mexican-E...

                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                So cool--glad to know this, thank you! And Katawampas (cattywampus/catawampus) is a great screen name!

                                        2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                          If it was 1,000 Mexican Recipes by Marge Poore, that was a grievous loss.

                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                            Nope. The book is named "Truly Mexican: Essential Recipes and Techniques for Authentic Mexican Cooking"

                                            http://www.amazon.com/Truly-Mexican-E...

                                            The book was a new release, and I was an Amazon Vine reviewer (basically someone who receive a free product in exchange to write a review online for Amazon). Needless to say, I could not review what I did not receive.

                                          2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                            Live too close to Camden?

                                            1. re: Veggo

                                              Heh heh.

                                              Now don't say mean things about Jersey!

                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                No, not professional thieves, more like middle school/high school kids who have nothing to do. The rumor is that they were biking around the neighbor and follow UPS and Fedex trucks, and if the delivery boxes were left in front of the door, then they would pick them up.

                                                Kids these days...

                                            2. During the week when my wife is partaking, my cooking generally involves one of the following:
                                              Italy
                                              Mexico
                                              China
                                              Germany
                                              Peru

                                              On the weekend I cook for myself alone so I can jack the heat scale up to 7 or 8 out of 10.
                                              India
                                              Sichuan
                                              Thailand
                                              Korea
                                              Cajun

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                                              1. re: OnkleWillie

                                                You're a good hombre, Willie.

                                              2. Top 5---
                                                Mexican- food from Yucatan
                                                Mexican- food from Jalisco
                                                Mexican- Tex-Mex
                                                Indian
                                                Thai

                                                1. Italian
                                                  Mexican
                                                  Chinese
                                                  French
                                                  Greek

                                                  1. French
                                                    Italian
                                                    Latino -- a mishmash of Mexican, Cuban, and Spanish (can you tell I'm from Florida?)
                                                    Asian (stir-fry, pad thai...another mishmash)
                                                    North African

                                                    1. Midwestern/New England American
                                                      French (Cuisine Grandmere or bistro)
                                                      Italian
                                                      Asian/California fusion
                                                      Provencal/Catalan

                                                      Provisionally:
                                                      German and Eastern European when SoCal is chilly enough.
                                                      Mexican when I get a new Bayless or Kennedy cookbook … !

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                                                      1. re: Will Owen

                                                        New England American for me, too, no doubt! No fair that was excluded from the countries we cook the most as I am an all-American mutt and cook THAT WAY quite often. :)

                                                      2. Texas, Southeast

                                                        Louisiana

                                                        TexMex

                                                        Mexican

                                                        Italian

                                                        All legitimate countries/and or states of mind.

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                                                        1. re: James Cristinian

                                                          Texas is not a country. :)

                                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                            I think you missed my edit. There are some down here that think we can reform our old Republic, a mistake. Now Louisiana is it's own country, and one must have Federal papers to cross over into the USA.

                                                            1. re: James Cristinian

                                                              As in, over the road truckers passing through Louisiana are REQUIRED to buy fuel there, and prove it at the weigh stations.

                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                I don't get this inside joke...

                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                  Is that why there are so many weigh stations? I thought it was to capture illegal boudain and crawfish shipments.. We have tons of weigh stations in Texas, and rarely do you see one manned.

                                                                2. re: James Cristinian

                                                                  <Texas, Southeast>

                                                                  Southeast is still not a country. :P

                                                                  I am just having fun with you. (You noticed that I only pick on the Texas part not Louisiana part, right?)

                                                                  <There are some down here that think we can reform our old Republic

                                                                  The Old Republic is dead. It is the the time of the Empire.

                                                                  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia...

                                                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                    We're all having fun. I chose Southeast Texas, the part I grew up in and am influenced by it's food, as all Texas is very different from other parts of the state. I think Louisiana and Texas are totally different than anywhere else in the US. Maybe we can go back to 48 states again. Tounge firmly in cheek.

                                                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                      Didn't catch the old Republic Star Wars reference until I read the Wiki link. I'm a 2001 Space Odyssey guy. Texas was a Republic from 1836 'til 1845 when we cashed in our chips and joined the good USA.

                                                                      1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                        :) Interesting that I have never watched the 2001 Space Odyssey. I will see if my Netflix online has it.

                                                                        Yeah, I know Texas gained independence from Mexico and was a independent state for a short period. Louisiana, on the other hand, was bought. So if Louisiana does not want to be part of the USA, then it will have to go back to the French. (Tongue firmly in cheek).

                                                              2. Romania
                                                                Italy
                                                                Germany
                                                                not a country, but Mediterranean style foods are popular in our house
                                                                Brazil - just started
                                                                Argentina is next on the list of things to try

                                                                I love Asian food of all kinds, but husband doesn't, so I get my fix by eating out for lunch many work days.

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                                                                1. re: Jen76

                                                                  What dishes are representative of Romania/do you cook?

                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                    Blood, but you don't cook it.
                                                                    (tongue in cheek)

                                                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                      LOL.

                                                                      I'm really curious -- I'm pretty good with different cuisines, but I'm not sure I could name a Romanian dish if it was the million-dollar question.

                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                        The only Romanian dish I can recall off the top of my head is mamaliga, which is very similar to polenta.

                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                          Ha! No blood, contrary to popular mythology. ;)

                                                                          Romanian food is fairly simple - not to be confused with simplistic - despite Anthony Bourdain's poor experience there (never take a Russian as your guide to Romania; you will receive a cool reception). Chicken and pork are popular. They love soups, especially "ciorbă" (pronounced chore-buh) which are made tart/sour with a fermented wheat bran "broth" called "borş" (borsh), which is not to be confused with the Russian beet soup.

                                                                          My personal favorite is Ciorba de Perisoare which is a meatball soup somewhat similar to Italian wedding soup but with a different flavor profile since it's sour. I also make my MIL's recipe for salata de beouf, which, despite its name, I've never seen made with beef. It is basically a potato salad that my MIL makes with chicken in it. I love salata de icre which is a spread made with carp roe, and is very similar to the Greek taramosalata. My husband loves the eggplant spread and the roasted red pepper/eggplant spread, and sometimes he'll make some if he has a craving. I don't like either vegetable, unfortunately for me. We also make chiftele (kif-tel-eh), which are basically meatballs. My MIL makes them with a light tomato sauce and serves them with "mămăligă " which is Romanian polenta. And, as soon as the weather cools down here in the desert, I will return to my quest to attempt to make the perfect cozonac, a traditional sweet bread. There are lots of other dishes, but the meatball soup, the potato salad, and the chiftele are staples in our house.

                                                                          Cozonac:
                                                                          http://homecookinginmontana.blogspot....

                                                                          Chiftele:
                                                                          http://magdawithlove.blogspot.com/201...

                                                                          1. re: Jen76

                                                                            Thanks - yes, I can always google..but this was one I wanted to hear the answer from someone who actually *does* it!

                                                                            That all sounds really, really good. Especially that bread (that looks particularly dangerous to have in the house).

                                                                            (the language teacher in me hears a more-than-passing similarity to "Kefta/Kofta" and "chorba"....I'm guessing they all have a common ancestry over the centuries.

                                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                                              That's why we participate on CH, right? Firsthand knowledge/experiences/ideas vs. Google searches. ;)

                                                                              Romania has been invaded a lot over its history, so there's a lot of Russian, Turkish, Mediterranean, and, of course, Roman/Latin influence on the food and language. It's the only Latin-based language in Eastern Europe. It's also been rather impoverished for a long time, so the cooking techniques are those of making use of what you've got and preservation. It's comfort food.

                                                                              1. re: Jen76

                                                                                the older I get, the more I prefer to learn the comfort foods, rather than the showstoppers, when I'm learning a new cuisine.

                                                                  2. Italian
                                                                    Hungarian
                                                                    Japanese (even though itś not perfect and is far from the original, still better than most so called "Japanese" restaurants in Prague)
                                                                    British (contrary to public opinion, British cuisine is yummy yummy, you just need to choose your inspiration thoughtfully)
                                                                    French - only bistrot style, not the heavy long cooked coq au vin and similar, just the best dish ever made, steak + frites with green salade vinaigrette...

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                                                                    1. re: sasicka

                                                                      British cuisine has come along way in the last 25 years, when the only way of preparing vegetables seemed to be boiling them until they surrendered. I've had some very good dishes in the UK - rabbit pie, lamb and apricot pie, pork pies - even haggis - and some of the best fish I've ever had.

                                                                      I'll challenge you're steak + frites with moules frites, though (even though the Belgians claim it).

                                                                    2. I wouldn't say "make" as much as "be highly influenced by, since my cooking is based on what ingredients I can find locally. I don't claim authenticity for any of them. (And my philosophy is that there are only a few basic dishes anyway - soup, stew, stuff wrapped in dough, stuff on top of starchy stuff, stuff stuffed into other stuff, and raw stuff- and cuisines differ mainly in what they use as the stuff) If I have something I like when I travel, I try to approximate it.

                                                                      Mexican: there's a large Mexican population here and a Mexican grocery within easy walking distance -and two larger ones a little further - so getting the spices and basic ingredients is no problem. I'll even let a little Tex-Mex creep in sometimes.

                                                                      Northern Italian/Californian: the first has a big influence on the second, since the climates and the approaches to cooking are similar. A few dishes I had in Italy have become staples, especially tortellini in brodo and stracciatella. I don't make Southern Italian as much.

                                                                      Indian: still not getting the spice mix quite the same as I've had in local Indian restaurants but improving. Currently experimenting with various dals.

                                                                      Generic Middle Eastern: I take a lot of my recipes from the Sephardic sections of Rosen's "The Book of Jewish Food"

                                                                      Northern European German/Polish: what my grandmother made, especially in winter: soups, stews, cabbage and beet dishes, potato pancakes

                                                                      But most of my cooking is based in the land of Tardigradia, where leftovers are combined in creative ways: boeuf bourgignon wraps with a side of pickled beets, anyone?

                                                                      1. Middle Eastern
                                                                        Generic Mediterranean
                                                                        Mexican/CalMex/TexMex/etc.
                                                                        Italian
                                                                        California 1980's co-op Montessori vegetarian (some of us grew up eating far less exciting food at home than others....)

                                                                        1. mexico
                                                                          turkey
                                                                          italy
                                                                          germany
                                                                          then pseudo "asian" which shouldnt really count because it is all probably so inauthentic that i should be slapped haha.

                                                                          1. Italian
                                                                            Mexican/Tex-Mex
                                                                            Southern American

                                                                            I'd like to learn more Greek and more Thai

                                                                            1. Italy
                                                                              Mexico
                                                                              China
                                                                              France
                                                                              Germany

                                                                              1. Italian

                                                                                Greek

                                                                                Provençal

                                                                                Northern Spanish - including Galician, Basque and Catalan

                                                                                Aegean and Ionic Island Mediterranean

                                                                                Due to the fact that I am highly allergic to soy in all its forms; and we live in the Mediterranean, thus, the fresh ingredients are much simpler to purchase.

                                                                                We enjoy having Mexican, Sashimi with wasabi and ginger and enjoy Goa, Vindaloo and Madras style Indian dining out with friends or family or just us however, it is complicated to achieve the results without fresh products here.

                                                                                We also enjoy Peruvian, Turkish Meze, Moroccan Tagine, Argentinian and
                                                                                Brazilian.

                                                                                1. Bolivian
                                                                                  Korean
                                                                                  Italian
                                                                                  Indian
                                                                                  Jewish (Israeli/Easter European)

                                                                                  1. Other than from different regions of US
                                                                                    Italy
                                                                                    "other" Mediterranean influenced cuisine
                                                                                    Mexico
                                                                                    Vietnam
                                                                                    India

                                                                                    1. The big 3 for me in order are

                                                                                      Mexican
                                                                                      Indian
                                                                                      Thai

                                                                                      and then probably Italian and Japanese.

                                                                                      1. This is a great thread. I noticed up thread Cuban cuisine took some bashing. Sad, it's actually one of my favourites. I've had some excellent meals in Cuba in the privately owned family restaurants that can now operate there. That being said:
                                                                                        -Italian
                                                                                        -South American
                                                                                        -French
                                                                                        -Caribbean
                                                                                        -Canadian (especially Quebecois)

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                                                                                        1. re: rayrayray

                                                                                          I'm probably the Cuba basher you mention. My point has more to do with the lack of availability of ingredients in Cuba than the Cuban cuisine itself, coupled with breathtaking poverty there. Cubans simply can't afford to dine out. Cuban food is generally better on Calle Ocho in Miami than in most paladares and state-owned restaurants in Cuba.

                                                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                                                            that's what I understood you to say, Veg. Cuban food is awesome if the chef can actually get his/her hands on the right stuff!

                                                                                            Lots of Cuban and Spanish dishes still show up in regular rotation in my kitchen -- because they're good. (but then the output of my kitchen has evolved into something just this side of psychotic....Midwest church potluck tonight, Cuban tomorrow, French country cooking the next night....at least it's interesting!)

                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                              Sounds like me. Completely eclectic and no rhyme or reason except scrumptiousness.

                                                                                            2. re: Veggo

                                                                                              I've unfortunately never been to Miami so I've not had that chance to compare. Agreed there is a lack of ingredients available due to the poverty and rationing system (no black pepper!). However they do some wonderful things with what they have available. Maybe its the Cuban hospitality that made me enjoy the food there so much.

                                                                                              1. re: rayrayray

                                                                                                Tampa has a huge Cuban population as well -- so you can find a good meal there, too.

                                                                                          2. Cooking

                                                                                            Italy
                                                                                            Spain
                                                                                            Provencial
                                                                                            Chineese

                                                                                            Baking - Britain - scones, tea cakes, savory tea sandwiches

                                                                                            want to learn Indian, Thai and Korean

                                                                                            1. Mexico
                                                                                              Morocco
                                                                                              Italy
                                                                                              .
                                                                                              Then it gets hard to say. Are souffles and quiches inherently French? If so, France would be next, particularly given the occasional coq au vin or batch of gougeres.

                                                                                              And with only one or two dishes per cuisine: Thailand, China, Viet Nam, India, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, El Salvador... Of those, I'm most interested in focusing more on Indian cooking.

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                                                                                              1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                What is your favorite dish from El Salvador?

                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                  Curtido, a fermented slaw of cabbage and carrots that's an essential accompaniment to pupusas -- which can be pretty heavy (Salvadoran tortillas are much thicker than Mexican).

                                                                                                  I'm partial to fried plantains with crema and black bean puree, too, but my favorite way to have that is when someone else makes it for breakfast. Hasn't happened in quite a while!

                                                                                                  1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                    Thanks. It's been 24 years since my visit there. Good memories.

                                                                                                    1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                      Ellabee, do you ferment your own curtido? I've been looking for a good recipe to try--currently all of the curtido recipes I've made have never come close to the glorious ones I've had in El Salvador. Would love if you could share your recipe!

                                                                                                      1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                                                        I've made it two or three times, but have had your experience -- not as good as remembered. On the other hand, I haven't reproduced the conditions that made it such a thrill to begin with: serious overdose of heavy, starchy, and greasy food; deprivation of fresh fruits and vegetables; and oppressive heat. The first bite of curtido, my whole body sang: cool, fresh, crunchy veggies at last!

                                                                                                        The best version I've made by far was with cabbage and carrots I grew myself, which was a couple of years ago. So freshness of the ingredients might be the key, rather than the recipe; the veg's have more of their own juice to contribute, and their enzyme content is at a peak. I'll have to look up the recipe I used and compare it with the ones I've clipped online; might take a day or two, but check back.

                                                                                                2. Albania
                                                                                                  Italy
                                                                                                  Mexico
                                                                                                  China
                                                                                                  Vegetarianland

                                                                                                  1. Hungarian (and by default, Romanian since much of that country was once part of Hungary)
                                                                                                    Italian
                                                                                                    Chinese
                                                                                                    British Isles
                                                                                                    Middle Eastern

                                                                                                    1. China (Probably the most frequent)
                                                                                                      El Salvador
                                                                                                      Thailand
                                                                                                      Mexico
                                                                                                      Middle East-no specific country

                                                                                                      However, I love to try different cuisines so am often cooking from other countries, maybe only a few times, but I have a good time doing it. Japan has been a good one as of late.

                                                                                                      1. I'm American. Beyond that:

                                                                                                        Italian
                                                                                                        Indian
                                                                                                        Thai
                                                                                                        Chinese
                                                                                                        French

                                                                                                        1. Thailand

                                                                                                          Vietnam

                                                                                                          China

                                                                                                          Korea

                                                                                                          Italy

                                                                                                          Clearly, I'm an asian food freak. I love seafood, and try to work it into about half of my dinners. Morocco will probably make it's way onto that list as I've just returned from a trip there and am itchy to recreate some of the wonderful meals I had!

                                                                                                          1. I think I have to add more ethnic food to my repertoire.

                                                                                                            I cook:
                                                                                                            Italian
                                                                                                            Chinese
                                                                                                            Mexican
                                                                                                            Jewish comfort food (I know -- it's not a country but it is what I cook.)
                                                                                                            American -- Yeah I'm breaking all the rules.

                                                                                                            1. Turkish the most because I am Turkish.
                                                                                                              American
                                                                                                              Thai
                                                                                                              Vietnamese
                                                                                                              Some Japanese, Nepalese and Malay dishes are next on my list as I will try to re-create the food I ate while I was travelling.

                                                                                                              1. Excluding my own national cuisine:

                                                                                                                Pakistan (and other South Asian)
                                                                                                                Lebanon (and other Middle Eastern)
                                                                                                                Cyprus
                                                                                                                Italy
                                                                                                                Spain

                                                                                                                1. By "other than the U.S.A.," I'll take that to mean the Anglo-inspired American food from my region Md/Va, so I won't be giving the UK any credit for what I mostly eat!

                                                                                                                  Italy
                                                                                                                  Mexico
                                                                                                                  Afghanistan
                                                                                                                  France
                                                                                                                  India