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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Monday, February 13, 2006
Reader's Choice
Well, my research is done, numbers counted and tallied and some results and trends can be announced.

Clearly with twelve votes, Asian style food was leaps and bounds ahead of the pack. Included in this region were China and India as well as South East Asia. This number was reached by counting up all the Asian countries individually, even though each of their cuisines are unique, they all qualify as Asian, the same as if we were looking at the cuisines of North America, where there are several regional styles such as creole and cajun, tex mex and as habanero suz rightly pointed out New England. All these different styles count as American cooking, so it is with Asian. Cin managed to name all three of her choices as Asian.

The next most popular region was Italian. Here risotto and seafood were two themes that recurred, but also suggested by ed charles were the handling of fresh ingredients, lucette and ange mentioned the ubiquitous pizza in all its forms.

Coming in next was one of my favourites, Mexican, which almost scored an extra point due to when rachelle was pregnant and craved it. I've previously waxed lyrical about this, suffice to say, simple ingredients put together in a fashion that belies its humble origins, but is also capable of mixing with more exalted company.

Angela is a seafood lover mentioning it twice, overall seafood had at least seven different mentions as a favourite protein. All cuisines have fantastic ways of preparation, from the sparseness of sashimi to the highly spiced fish curries.

The ever thoughtful kitchen hand I've saved till last. He nominated Jewish cooking as the homeliest on earth, I've no reason to disagree, but what I discovered was, it's one of the most diverse styles, encompassing Sephardic Jews from North Africa, Iran and Israel, as well as Ashkenazi Jews from Austria, Russia and Poland. Kitchen hand then nominated British cookery as some of the world's best eating. When I think of British cooking I'm drawn to the puddings, from savoury steak and kidney, to desserts such as spotted dick. Yum.

I suppose I should reveal my choices, which are French, Italian and Mexican. In my post Tacos Anyone? which started this whole thing, I mentioned that Mexican, Indian, Asian and Italian were the most popular items in the gourmet section in the supermarket. So it seems to have been reflected in this straw poll. Thanks to everyone who took part.
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