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We love to write about food. We love to celebrate the good stuff and lambaste the bad.
But there's a debate we've avoided, if only to save computer screens the world over from the liters of spittle that will fly from the mouths of irate readers as they vent incredulously about our "ignorant, biased, un-researched and unreasoned" choices.
Which is why, having taken the plunge, we want to turn this particular piece over to you, and ask: which country has the best food?
We've started the (dough) ball rolling with our own ranking here. Read it through. Try not to choke on your burrito.
But we really do want to know what you think too. So tell us, in the comments below, and also vote on our Facebook poll.
It's time to find out once and for all, which cuisine is king.




10. United States
America knows how to dish up a spot-hitter.No one ever says "let's go out and get some American food tonight." And yet we eat it all the time.
This may be because most of the popular American foods originate in some other country. The pizza slice is Italian. Fries are Belgium or Dutch. Hamburgers and frankfurters? Likely German.
But in the kitchens of the United States, they have been improved and added to, to become global icons for food lovers everywhere.
Don't neglect the homegrown dishes either.
There's the traditional stuff like clam chowder, key lime pie and Cobb salad, and most importantly the locavore movement of modern American food started by Alice Waters.
This promotion of eco awareness in food culture is carried on today by Michelle Obama.
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Cheeseburger -- a perfect example of making good things greater.
Chocolate chip cookie -- the world would be a little less habitable without this Americana classic.
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All overly processed foods such as Twinkies, Hostess cakes and KFC.

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9. Mexico

Mmmmexico.If you were only allowed to eat one type of food for the rest of your life, it would be smart to make it Mexican.
The cuisine of the Mesoamerican country has a little bit of everything -- you'll never get bored.
Amongst the enchiladas and the tacos and the helados and the quesadillas you'll find the zestiness of Greek salads and the richness of an Indian curry; the heat of Thai food and the use-your-hands snackiness of tapas.
It is also central station for nutritional superfoods. All that avocado, tomato, lime and garlic with beans and chocolates and chilies to boot, is rich with antioxidants and good healthful things.
It doesn't taste healthy though. It tastes like a fiesta in your mouth.
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Mole -- ancient sauce made of chili peppers, spices, chocolate and magic incantations.
Tacos al pastor -- the spit-roast pork taco, a blend of the pre- and post-Colombian.
Tamales -- an ancient Mayan food of masa cooked in a leaf wrapping.
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Tostadas -- basically the same as a taco or burrito but served in a crispy fried tortilla which breaks into pieces as soon as you bite into it. Impossible to eat.


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8. Thailand

Street eats are a Thai attraction.Flip through a Thai cook book and you'll be hard pressed to find an ingredient list that doesn't run a page long.
The combination of so many herbs and spices in each dish produces complex flavors that somehow come together like orchestral music.
Thais fit spicy, sour, salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy and slippery into one dish. With influences from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and a royal culinary tradition, Thai cuisine is the best of many worlds.
The best part about eating Thai food in Thailand though is the hospitality. Sun, beach, service with a smile and a plastic bag full of som tam -- that's the good life.
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Tom yam kung -- a rave party for the mouth. The floral notes of lemongrass, the earthy galangal, freshness of kaffir lime leaves and the heat of the chilies.
Massaman curry -- a Thai curry with Islamic roots. Topped our list of the world's 50 most delicious foods.
Som tam -- the popular green papaya salad is sour, extra spicy, sweet and salty. It's the best of Thai tastes.
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Pla som -- a fermented fish eaten uncooked is popular in Lawa, Thailand and reported to be responsible for bile duct cancer.

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7. Greece

Greek olives: great things in small packages.Traveling and eating in Greece feels like a glossy magazine spread come to life, but without the Photoshopping.
Like the blue seas and white buildings, the kalamata olives, feta cheese, the colorful salads and roast meats are all postcard perfect by default.
The secret? Lashings of glistening olive oil. Gift of Gods, olive oil is arguably Greece's greatest export, influencing the way people around the world think about food and nutritional health.
Eating in Greece is also a way of consuming history. A bite of dolma or a slurp of lentil soup gives a small taste of life in ancient Greece, when they were invented.
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Olive oil -- drizzled on other food, or soaked up by bread, is almost as varied as wine in its flavors.
Spanakopita -- makes spinach palatable with its feta cheese mixture and flaky pastry cover.
Gyros -- late-night drunk eating wouldn't be the same without the pita bread sandwich of roast meat and tzatziki.
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Lachanorizo -- basically cabbage and onion cooked to death then mixed with rice. Filling, but one-dimensional.


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6. India
Anything from a surly, sweaty Indian man will probably taste great.When a cuisine uses spices in such abundance that the meat and vegetables seem like an afterthought, you know you're dealing with cooks dedicated to flavor.
There are no rules for spice usage as long as it results in something delicious. The same spice can add zest to savory and sweet dishes, or can sometimes be eaten on its own -- fennel seed is enjoyed as a breath-freshening digestive aid at the end of meals.
And any country that manages to make vegetarian food taste consistently great certainly deserves some kind of Nobel prize.
The regional varieties are vast. There's Goa's seafood, there's the wazwan of Kashmir and there's the coconutty richness of Kerala.
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Dal -- India has managed to make boiled lentils exciting.
Dosa -- a pancake filled with anything from cheese to spicy vegetables, perfect for lunch or dinner.
Chai -- not everyone likes coffee and not everyone likes plain tea, but it's hard to resist chai.
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Balti chicken -- an invention for the British palate, should probably have died out with colonialism.

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5. Japan

The fish dish is two millimeters too far to the right.Japanese apply the same precision to their food as they do to their engineering.
This is the place that spawned tyrannical sushi masters and ramen bullies who make their staff and customers tremble with a glare.
You can get a lavish multi-course kaiseki meal that presents the seasons in a spread of visual and culinary poetry. Or grab a seat at a revolving sushi conveyor for a solo feast.
Or pick up something random and previously unknown in your gastronomic lexicon from the refrigerated shelves of a convenience store.
It's impossible to eat badly in Japan.
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Miso soup -- showcases some of the fundamental flavors of Japanese food, simple and wholesome.
Sushi and sashimi -- who knew that raw fish on rice could become so popular?
Tempura -- the perfection of deep-frying. Never greasy, the batter is thin and light like a crisp tissue.
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Fugu -- is anything really that delicious that it's worth risking your life to eat? The poisonous blowfish recently killed diners in Egypt, but is becoming more available in Japan.

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4. Spain

Let's eat and drink, then sleep, then work for two hours, then eat and drink.Viva Espana, that country whose hedonistic food culture we all secretly wish was our own.
All that bar-hopping and tapas-eating, the minimal working, the 9 p.m. dinners, the endless porron challenges -- this is a culture based on, around and sometimes even inside food.
The Spaniards gourmandize the way they flamenco dance, with unbridled passion. They munch on snacks throughout the day with intervals of big meals.
From the fruits of the Mediterranean Sea to the spoils of the Pyrenees, from the saffron and cumin notes of the Moors to the insane molecular experiments of Ferran Adria, Spanish food is timeless yet avant garde.
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Jamón ibérico -- a whole cured ham hock usually carved by clamping it down in a wooden stand like some medieval ritual.
Churros -- the world's best version of sweet fried dough.
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Gazpacho -- it's refreshing and all, but it's basically liquid salad.


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