Meal Structures and Menus

  • Meal structures and menus differ significantly across international cuisines.
  • Understanding these differences is necessary for creating and adapting recipes.
  • Meal structures dictate how food is served during a meal.
  • Italian cuisine typically involves multiple courses, starting with an appetiser, followed by a pasta/rice dish, a meat/fish dish, and dessert.
  • Chinese cuisine often serves dishes family-style, with main dishes, vegetables, and rice shared among diners.
  • Studying the typical meal structures and menu designs of a specific cuisine helps understand how the dishes should be enjoyed in their cultural context.
  • This understanding enables a deeper appreciation of the role of food in a chosen cuisine and can aid in creating authentic culinary experiences.