Food habits are developed by environment, available ingredients, climate, and even factors like class and income. Though food is first and foremost a basic necessity, it is also a cultural symbol Sushi is well known with Japan, fish and chips popular in Britain, and tacos are associated with Mexico etc.
A significant portion of Spanish cuisine derives from the Roman, Jewish and Arab traditions. The Moorish people were a strong influence in Spain for many centuries and has also marked the history of Spanish food. However, pork is popular and for centuries eating pork was also a statement of Christian ethnicity or "cleanliness of blood” because it was not eaten by Jews or Muslims. Several native food of the Americas were introduced to Europe through Spain, and a modern Spanish cook could not do without potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and beans. In Spain food ranges from cheese and olives to squid or meat delicacies and are priced accordingly. Many of the specialities of Spanish cuisine are based on seafood.A significant portion of Spanish cuisine derives from the Roman, Jewish and Arab traditions. The Moorish people were a strong influence in Spain for many centuries and has also marked the history of Spanish food.The essential ingredient for real Spanish cooking is olive oil as Spain produces 44% of the world's olives. However, butter or lard are also important, especially in the north.
The history of Mexican food is a long and diverse one. It is believed that authentic Mexican food might have been derived from the Mayan Indians. They were traditionally nomadic hunters and gatherers. Corn tortillas with bean paste were a common food item; but they also ate wild game, tropic fruits, and fish.The early natives of Mexico did not have ovens, instead they heated food over and open fire, using cast iron skillets and ceramic ware. Another method was steaming. They would suspend meat wrapped in cactus or banana leaves, over boiling...