Backbone of the Flavor Network

Thanks to POKE Restaurant for posting this fun little food map (click to enlarge) that helps us understand why certain things always seem to go together in certain dishes. The explanation is as follows:

“Each node denotes an ingredient, the node color indicates food category, and node size reflects the ingredient prevalence in recipes. Two ingredients are connected if they share a significant number of flavor compounds, link thickness representing the number of shared compounds between the two ingredients. Adjacent links are bundled to reduce the clutter. Note that the map shows only the statistically significant links. A drawing of the full network is too dense to be informative.”

Now you are a little bit smarter when it comes to food science. You’re welcome.


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