Kissing cuisines: Exploring worldwide culinary habits on the web

Sina Sajadmanesh, Sina Jafarzadeh, Seyed Ali Ossia, Hamid R. Rabiee, Hamed Haddadi, Yelena Mejova, Mirco Musolesi, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini

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Abstract

As food and nutrition occupy an increasingly prevalent space on the web, dishes and recipes shared online provide an invaluable mirror into culinary cultures and attitudes around the world. More specifically, ingredients, flavors, and nutrition information become strong signals of the taste preferences of individuals and civilizations. However, there is little 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication26th International World Wide Web Conference 2017, WWW 2017 Companion
PublisherInternational World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee
Pages1013-1021
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349147
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event26th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2017 Companion - Perth, Australia
Duration: 3 Apr 20177 Apr 2017

Other

Other26th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2017 Companion
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period3/4/177/4/17

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Keywords

  • Cuisines
  • Health Statistics
  • Ingredients
  • Nutrition Values
  • Recipes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Sajadmanesh, S., Jafarzadeh, S., Ossia, S. A., Rabiee, H. R., Haddadi, H., Mejova, Y., Musolesi, M., De Cristofaro, E., & Stringhini, G. (2019). Kissing cuisines: Exploring worldwide culinary habits on the web. In 26th International World Wide Web Conference 2017, WWW 2017 Companion (pp. 1013-1021). International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee. https://doi.org/10.1145/3041021.3055137