Cuisine is a type of food that is cooked in a specific way based on a culture's ingredients, region, and traditions. If you're craving cannoli, a visit to Chinatown doesn't make much sense, since cheese is more characteristic of Italian cuisine.

Boiling an egg or flipping burgers on the grill is cooking. But if you want to create cuisine, you need to understand how to prepare the culinary specialties of a particular country or culture. To make Italian cuisine, for example, you'll need to chop garlic, roll out pasta dough, and simmer pots of tomato sauce. When the word "fine" is attached to cuisine, it describes the food at a fancy restaurant that will part you with a good portion of your money.

Definitions of cuisine
  1. noun
    the practice or manner of preparing food or the food so prepared
    synonyms: culinary art
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    dim sum
    traditional Chinese cuisine; a variety of foods (including several kinds of steamed or fried dumplings) are served successively in small portions
    haute cuisine
    (French) an elaborate and skillful manner of preparing food
    nouvelle cuisine
    a school of French cooking that uses light sauces and tries to bring out the natural flavors of foods instead of making heavy use of butter and cream
    warmed leftovers
    a particular style of cookery (as of a region)
    type of:
    cookery, cooking, preparation
    the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
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