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A cuisine (from the French word for "kitchen") is a specific set of cooking traditions and practices, often associated with a place of origin. Religious food laws can also exercise a strong influence on cuisine. A cuisine is primarily influenced by the ingredients that are available locally or through trade. The "chinese" dish chop suey clearly reflected the adaptation of chinese immigrant cooking styles to the different ingredients available in North America.

The last century or so has produced enormous improvements in food production, preservation, storage and shipping. Today almost every locale in the world has access to not only its traditional cuisine, but many other world cuisines, as well. New cuisines are constantly evolving, as certain aesthetics rise and fall in popularity among professional chefs[?] and their clientele.

In addition to food, a cuisine is also often held to include beverages, including wine, liquor, tea, coffee and other drinks. Increasingly, experts hold that is further includes the raw ingredients and original plants and animals from which they come. The Slow Food movement is a global effort to preserve local plants, animals, and techniques of food preparation. It has 70,000 adherents in 50 countries.

The following section is an overview of world cuisines. It is incomplete. It is organized roughly by geographic area, starting in the Western hemisphere and working Eastward and from North to South. Please help complete it.

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Cuisines of North and South America These cuisines are based on the cuisines of the countries from which the immigrant peoples came, primarily Europe. However, the traditional European cuisine has been adapted to a greater or lesser degree and many local ingredients and techniques have been added to the tradition.

Cuisines of Canada

See also: Canadian cuisines[?]

Cuisines of the United States

See also: Cuisine of the United States

Cuisines of Mexico

See also: Mexican cuisine

Cuisines of the Caribbean

See also: Caribbean cuisines

Cuisines of South America

See also: South American cuisines[?]

Cuisines of Europe See also: European cuisines[?]

Cuisines of the Mediterranean See also: Mediterranean cuisine[?]

Cuisines of Africa See also: African cuisines[?]

Cuisines of the Middle East See also: Middle-Eastern cuisines[?]

Cuisines of Asia See also: Asian cuisine[?]

Non-regional cuisines

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