Food Culture Between China and the West

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Food culture between China and the West

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Name:Marina Lau
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Abstract The Chinese food culture and the western food culture are distinctly different .This passage analyses the differences in four aspects—the food raw materials, the ways of cooking, the tableware and the eating habits .At the same time ,it also analyses the reason why this two culture are different from each other .Then it shows that the development of the two kinds of food and finally it gives the conclusion.
Introduction
Food is the physical foundation for human to survive .It’s also the premise that the society can develop healthily and steadily.
China has been a historical country which is particular about its food and good at cooking since ancient times .While the western people also pay much attention to their food and enjoy their eating lives .So ,with the development of the world ,China created the Chinese food culture that is extensive ,profound with a long history behind it ,while the West formed the western food culture that is varied ,rich and colorful .This two cultures are both great ,but they are different from each other in many points—the food raw materials ,the ways of cooking ,the tableware ,the eating habits and so on .But just because of these differences ,we can taste many delicious food .And by enjoying these delicious food , we can also have a better understanding of the different cultures from different places.
Key word Food culture China the West
Outline
1. The food raw materials 2. The ways of cooking 3. The tableware 4. The eating habits 5. The development of the two kinds of food 6. Conclusion

* The food raw materials
To the western people, they think food is used to solve the problem of hunger .So they often use the big pieces of meat to cook, put the whole chicken in a…...

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