Kissing Cuisines: Exploring Worldwide Culinary Habits on the Web

TitleKissing Cuisines: Exploring Worldwide Culinary Habits on the Web
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSajadmanesh, S., S. Jafarzadeh, S. A. Ossia, H. R. Rabiee, H. Haddadi, Y. Mejova, M. Musolesi, E. D. Cristofaro, and G. Stringhini
Conference Name26th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2017)
Date Published04/2017
Conference LocationPerth, WA, Australia
AbstractAs food becomes an important part of modern life, recipes shared on the web are a great indicator of civilizations and culinary attitudes in different countries. Similarly, ingredients, flavors, and nutrition information are strong signals of the taste preferences of individuals from various parts of the world. Yet, we do not have a thorough understanding of these palate varieties. In this paper, we present a large-scale study of recipes published on the Web and their content, aiming to understand cuisines and culinary habits around the world. Using a database of more than 157K recipes from over 200 different cuisines, we analyze ingredients, flavors, and nutritional values which distinguish dishes from different regions, and use this knowledge to assess the predictability of recipes from different cuisines. We then use country health statistics to understand the relation between these factors and health indicators of different nations, such as obesity, diabetes, migration, and health expenditure. Our results confirm the strong effects of geographical and cultural similarities on recipes, health indicators, and culinary preferences between countries around the world.