Cuisine, which is a French term, means ‘cooking’. In a wide sense it denotes the habit and style of preparing food and their consumption.
Cuisine is a specific set of cooking traditions and practices, often associated with a specific culture. 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.
Food habit and style of preparation defers from place to place, which is affected by – the myriad nutritional, aesthetic, agricultural, economic, cultural, social and religious considerations that impact upon it, food materials available there, geographical and climatic conditions, and living habits of the peoples etc. Some of the well-known cuisines are – French cuisine, Chinese cuisine, Mexican cuisine, Indian cuisine etc..