List of European cuisines

This is a list of European cuisines. A cuisine is a characteristic style of cooking practices and traditions,[1] often associated with a specific culture. European cuisine (also called "Western cuisine") refers collectively to the cuisines of Europe and other Western countries.[2] European cuisine includes cuisines of Europe, including (depending on the definition) that of Russia,[2] as well as non-indigenous cuisines of North America, Australasia, Oceania, and Latin America, which derive substantial influence from European settlers in those regions. The term is used by East Asians to contrast with Asian styles of cooking.[3] This is analogous to Westerners referring collectively to the cuisines of Asian countries as Asian cuisine. When used by Westerners, the term may refer more specifically to cuisine in Europe; in this context, a synonym is Continental cuisine, especially in British English.

The cuisines of Western countries are diverse by themselves, although there are common characteristics that distinguishes Western cooking from cuisines of Asian countries[4] and others. Compared with traditional cooking of Asian countries, for example, meat is more prominent and substantial in serving-size.[5] Wheat-flour bread has long been the most common sources of starch in this cuisine, along with pasta, dumplings and pastries, although the potato has become a major starch plant in the diet of Europeans and their diaspora since the European colonization of the Americas.

Central European cuisine

German sausages and cheese
Telesko vareno, Bulgarian beef soup
Czech cuisine  Prawns atop an egg pancake

Eastern European cuisine

  • Belarusian cuisine shares the same roots with cuisines of other Eastern and Northern European countries, basing predominantly on meat and various vegetables typical for the region.
A plate of pelmeni. These types of dumplings are usually filled with minced meat.
A large selection of Russian vodka
  • Russian cuisine is diverse, as Russia is the largest country in the world.[10] Russia's great expansions of territory, influence, and interest during the 16th–18th centuries brought more refined foods and culinary techniques, as well as one of the most refined food countries in the world. It was during this period that smoked meats and fish, pastry cooking, salads and green vegetables, chocolate, ice cream, wine, and liquor were imported from abroad. At least for the urban aristocracy and provincial gentry, this opened the doors for the creative integration of these new foodstuffs with traditional Russian dishes. The result is extremely varied in technique, seasoning, and combination. Traditional and common Russian foods include:
Ukrainian borscht with side dishes of smetana, pampushky and pork cracklings
  • Ukrainian cuisine has significant diversity, historical traditions and is influenced by Russian, Turkish and Polish cuisines.[12] Common foods used include meats, vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, berries and herbs.[12][13] In Ukraine, bread is a staple food, there are many different types of bread, and Ukraine is sometimes referred to as the "breadbasket of Europe."[12] Pickled vegetables are utilized, particularly when fresh vegetables aren't in season.[12] There are about 30 varieties of Ukrainian Borsch soup,[13] a common dish that often includes meat.[12]
  • Crimean Tatar cuisine is primarily the cuisine of the Crimean Tatars, who live on the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. The traditional cuisine of the Crimean Tatars derives basically from the same roots as the cuisine of the Volga Tatars, although unlike the Volga Tatars they do not eat horse meat and do not drink mare's milk (kymyz). However, the Crimean Tatars adopted many Uzbek dishes during their exile in Central Asia since 1944, and these dishes have been absorbed into Crimean Tatar national cuisine after their return to Crimea.
  • Ukrainian wine
  • Armenian cuisine includes the foods and cooking techniques of the Armenian people, the Armenian diaspora and traditional Armenian foods and dishes. The cuisine reflects the history and geography where Armenians have lived as well as incorporating outside influences. The cuisine also reflects the traditional crops and animals grown and raised in areas populated by Armenians.
  • Azerbaijani cuisine is the cuisine of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani cuisine throughout the centuries has been influenced by the foods of different cultures due to political and economic processes in Azerbaijan. Out of 11 climate zones known in the world, the Azerbaijani climate has nine.[14] This contributes to the fertility of the land, which in its turn results in the richness of the country's cuisine.
  • Georgian cuisine refers to the cooking styles and dishes with origins in the nation of Georgia and prepared by Georgian people around the world. The Georgian cuisine is specific to the country, but also contains some influences from the Middle Eastern and European culinary traditions.

Northern European cuisine

An English Sunday roast with roast beef, roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding
Irish stew is a traditional stew made from lamb, or mutton, potatoes, carrots, onions, and parsley.[15]
  • Irish cuisine
  • British cuisine is the specific set of cooking traditions and practices associated with the United Kingdom. British cuisine has been described as "unfussy dishes made with quality local ingredients, matched with simple sauces to accentuate flavour, rather than disguise it."[16] However, British cuisine has absorbed the cultural influence of those that have settled in Britain, producing hybrid dishes, such as the Anglo-Indian chicken tikka masala."[17][18]
  • Greenlandic cuisine is traditionally based on meat from marine mammals, game, birds, and fish, and normally contains high levels of protein. Since colonization and the arrival of international trade, the cuisine has been increasingly influenced by Danish and Canadian cuisine.[19] Since the majority of Greenland is covered by permanent glaciers, the sea is the source of most domestically sourced food.[20] Seafood dishes include various fishes (often smoked), mussels, and shrimp. Ammassat or capelin, a fish in the salmon family is commonly consumed.[21] The national dish of Greenland is suaasat, a traditional Greenlandic soup.[22] It is often made from seal meat, or from whale, reindeer, or sea birds. The soup often includes onions and potatoes, and is simply seasoned with salt and pepper, or bay leaf. The soup is often thickened with rice, or by soaking barley in the water overnight so that the starches leach into the water. During the summer, meals are often eaten outdoors.[21]

Southern European cuisine

Moussaka is a potato-based dish popular in Mediterranean cuisine and Balkan cuisine. Several variations exist.
A gourmet antipasto platter
  • Italian cuisine - presents popular dishes like Pizza, Pasta, Lasagne, Mozzarella and other well-known food. Italian cuisine has been influenced by Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman, Etruscan cuisines and dates back to 4th century BCE. It maintains strong regional diversity and it uses a vast variety of ingredients, mostly because of the political divisions in Italian history and different climate and resources in the country. Most of the dishes are simple to prepare and not expensive, which is one of the reason it is very popular around the world.
The Catanese dish Pasta alla Norma is amongst Sicily's most historic and iconic.
  • Italian wine
  • Regional Cuisines - in Italian cuisine, each area has its own specialties, primarily at the regional level, but also at provincial levels.[28][29][30] The cuisine has an abundance of differences in taste, and is known to be one of the most popular in the world,[31] with influences abroad.[32] The differences can derive from a bordering country (such as France or Austria), whether a region is close to the sea or the mountains, and economics. Italian cuisine is also seasonal, often incorporating fresh produce. Italian regional cuisines include:
  • Spanish cuisine has a variety of dishes including thousands of recipes and flavors arising from Spain's extensive history with many cultural influences, and variations in geography and climate. It is heavily influenced by seafood available from the waters that surround the country, and reflects the country's deep maritime roots. Spanish wine is a significant part of Spanish cuisine. Regional Spanish cuisines include:

Western European cuisine

Coq au vin is a French braise of chicken cooked with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and optionally garlic.

Historical cuisines

See also


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