Food differs from country to country. The main foods of a country depend on what grows best there. People in hot countries, close to the equator①, eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. People in cooler countries eat more animal foods.
The way food is cooked also differs from country to country. We may eat the same vegetables or meat, but what they taste like or look like after cooking depends on where in the world we come from.
Food has always been closely linked to religion② and culture. Some of the customs involving food are interesting. Americans and Europeans each have a plate, knife, fork and spoon, Arabs eat from a dish in the centre of the table. They only use their right hands to eat with. The Chinese and Japanese use chopsticks to pick up food from a small bowl, held close to the mouth. Most people eat three meals a day.
Of course, every nation has a favourite food. Most cities in the world have restaurants that make food from other countries.
① equator n. 赤道
② religion n. 宗教