Food Around the World

We took the following route around the world in order to collect local recipes from 4 of the least traveled continents to bring you the best, authentic family recipes and showcase food around the world.

Sharing Food Around the World

An in depth look at local food from around the world.  We traveled the world for 18 months to find the best local recipes that truly represent the people, their culture and what people genuinely love to eat.

The book is poised to combine interesting facts with true stories about the food and the people that are eating in their own homes around the world as you read this.  No westernised dishes, just great food that reflects real life.  Just the way it should be.

 

 

Why another recipe book surely there are enough?

There are a lot of recipe books on the market that focus on one aspect of cooking e.g. “The best BBQ”, “Top dinners under a fiver”, “100 Thai dishes” etc.  Yet there are no recipe books that explore the world’s local dishes that people actually eat and like. Every recipe here has come as a result of asking local people one simple question;

“What is the main local dish here that you love to eat?”

Recipe books tend to focus on the (generally a chef’s) personal preference as opposed to what people really like to eat themselves. We want to collate real dishes, eaten by real people from many different countries to give you an eclectic mix of the dishes you must try so you can say that you understand the food that people eat around the world.

Great food means great ingredients:

The key to great food is using the best ingredients. The trouble with recreating dishes from around the world is that the ingredients used are of a massively varied quality. Some ingredients are not available in your home country or have travelled a long distance to get there, thus affecting their shelf life and degree of freshness.

Fruit and vegetables grown in the tropics tend to be grown more organically and with more exposure to natural sunlight, as opposed to in greenhouses locally using unnatural light, higher levels of growth agents, pesticides etc, according to the local standards of growing food. More exotic ingredients that cannot be grown locally tend to be picked before they are ripe and ripen in the dark when shipped to your home country. These and more factors contribute to the difference in the overall flavour of a dish when cooked.

As a result the best practice is to enquire when the items you are purchasing has arrived, any sell buy/ use buy dates, where the ingredients originated etc. Depending on the item the sooner ingredients are purchased after they have arrived the better. Items like spices are less affected by shipping than fresh fruit and vegetables and so buying spices that originated in the same country as the dish is likely to produce better results.

If you live in a sunny climate or it is summer in more temperate climate then buying fruit and vegetables when they are fresher, but not yet ripe is the best bet, as you can then let them ripen in the sun. This will produce a better flavour than purchasing items that have ripened on a shelf in a shop or supermarket.

Food Around the World, country by country

Local Dishes in Brazil

Brazil Let´s get to the point. Brazil is massive. Looking at local dishes in Brazil and the concept of local comes into its own. The culture of the coastal country versus the other side of the country in the jungle of western Brazil make for massive distances and differences in food and the people who …

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Local Dishes in India

Indian food Background to Indian Food: There are many misconceptions of Indian food and we try to dispel some of them here. Local dishes in India are incredible and suit any pallet. Indian cooking is generally thought to be based around onion and garlic. However the Jain religion does not use either according to their …

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Local Dishes in Vietnam

Vietnam Background to Vietnamese Food: Vietnamese is known as the healthiest in the world. Obviously this depends on the dishes that are eaten, but the Vietnamese often eat a mainly vegetarian diet, with small amounts of meat and fish. Today Local dishes in Vietnam are a blend of Malay, Indian, and French influences. For example …

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Local Food in Argentina

 Argentina Background to Argentine Food: Argentina is famous for its steak and red wine.  Yet this is a misnomer as most of the more tender cuts of meat like fillet and sirloin are shipped abroad to sustain the insatiable appetites of the United States and Europe, where it will also attract a higher price.  Nevertheless …

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The icebergs in Antarctica

Local Dishes in Antarctica

Antarctica Let’s be fair, there are not very many people who live in Antarcica.  So it begs the question of whether Local dishes in Antarctica really exist. Based on the IAATO treaty no permanent residence in allowed on this vast desolate continent unless it is for scientific reasons. It is also pretty tough to eat …

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Local Dishes in Bolivia

Bolivia The west, Andean side of Bolivia tends to have a similar culinary choice as that of Peru. Similarly local dishes in Bolivia have the same challenges of cultivating food. A true daily grind exist for people who live at these altitudes and as such their needs are similar. People correctly group the Andean people …

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Local Dishes in Peru

Peru Like many South American countries local dishes in Peru are sometimes best eaten by avoid thinking vegetarian (and I mean vegetarian not pescetarian, which is possible by the sea) and loving meat.  Most local dishes in Peru consist of meat of some kind, whether this is flesh from any animal, like guinea pig (see …

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Khmer savoury porridge

Local Food in Cambodia

Local food in Cambodia often live in the shadows of its neighbours Vietnam and Thailand. Thai food is so popular and ubiquitous that Khmer cuisine barely gets a look in. Although there are areas of similarity between the dishes found around this region.  Local food in Cambodia is actually a rich tapestry of a combination of …

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Local Food in Fiji

FIJI Fiji is a tropical paradise, only 10% of which is land and as a collection of 322 islands. Unsurprisingly then the local food in Fiji use fish as the dominant feature. This is accompanied heavily by coconut in all of its different forms. Shredded coconut, coconut water and cream are all used heavily in the preparation …

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Rural Laos countryside

Local Food in Laos

Local food in Laos relies on the jungle, foraging and local production of vegetables and meat.  Laos and Cambodia are the least developed and more rural of the South East Asian countries. Often trade links are sparse and moving around difficult.  Furthermore electricity in more remote places is sparse at best, which means that in …

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Fish with roe showing

Local dishes in Hong Kong

  Local dishes in Hong Kong are similar to their Chinese counterparts. As a Chinese culture Hong Kong has its roots in their cuisine. Although with the British occupying Hong Kong for so many years it has developed a western edge. Although remarkably it still retains its Chinese heritage.  This is perhaps unsurprising though taking …

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Local Dishes in New Zealand

Order our recipe book “Sharing the World’s Local Food” …where all of these fine recipes have been taken. A feast of delights in our recipe book of dishes based on 2 and 1/2 years research, signed as a thank you. Online price is now only £24.99. Order now or learn more about the book here …

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Local Food in Thailand

The local food in Thailand are fresh and fragrant. Delicious! Well known for their balance of flavour and sophisticated balance of all the different types of flavour: sweet, salty, sour and hot! A deep crimson chili paste is pre-made by Thai households and is kept in tub for use in pretty much all curries and …

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KFC in Pune India

KFC Review Around the World

Surely not a page dedicated to KFC I hear you cry!?? Yes, but this is different. It is a KFC review around the world to find the best, worst and what this may tell us about food culture. Yes. We love food, we especially love local food that is honestly cooked, based on the ingredients …

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