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How People Say Thanks with Food Around the World

How People Say Thanks with Food Around the World

Giving thanks doesn’t just happen at Thanksgiving. Learn about traditions in other countries

Merci, grazie, arigato, and thanks for reading on to learn about the ways people say thanks with food around the world.

America's Thanksgiving has come a long way from the harvest celebrations of the Pilgrims and Native Americans. As centuries passed, the holiday has evolved into a grand feast and familial celebration, at which we give thanks over mountains of food and gallons of booze and maybe watch the parade and football and, oh, don't forget the Turkey Trot...

Although few other places celebrate a Thanksgiving that Americans would recognize, many traditions of thanks around the world involve food. Even simple gestures like not arriving to a dinner party empty handed show appreciation to friends and hosts.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching in the U.S., we put together a list of thankful food customs from around the world showcasing ways different countries celebrate thanks with food. This list covers celebrations, ceremonies, rituals, and customs from grand harvest festivals to mealtime prayers to vodka shots down the hatch.

We pulled from previous lists of Thanksgiving and harvest celebrations around the world. We also spoke with some avid thanks-givers; we learned about homeland celebrations as well as thoughts from travelers and transplants about customs they've experienced along the way.

From Clotilde Dusoulier, a French food writer and the author of the blog Chocolate & Zucchini, we learn simple and thoughtful French customs. Canadian food blogger Allison Day shares her Thanksgiving traditions. Eva Rodriguez-Greguski, founder of the budding New York-based nonprofit HomeGrown Change, teaches us the elegant art of gifting she learned from her travels. Laurie Anderson, a Canadian expat living in Mexico, tells us how her new home country gives thanks.

Merci, grazie, arigato, and thanks for reading on to learn about the ways people say thanks with food around the world.


10 of the Most Popular Dinner Recipes from Around the World

10 of our most popular dinner recipes from around the world. Travel overseas without leaving your kitchen and enjoy the tastes from exotic locations.

One reason I love to cook popular dishes from around the world is that there is so much you can learn about a foreign culture, without leaving home. For example, shopping for a couple of different ingredients from say, a delicatessen, can lead to all sorts of discoveries in the world of food. Here is a link to an excellent Ted article on the subject of multi-cultural foods.

Looking for some more popular dinner recipes? Select from these choices of popular seafood dishes. Or maybe you are looking for vegetarian dishes or even gluten free recipes?

The country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends. Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork.

You can find other dinner recipes find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork over the last 12 months have included: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Vietnam, Melbourne (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus. Or search by course, and use- dinner.

Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)


10 of the Most Popular Dinner Recipes from Around the World

10 of our most popular dinner recipes from around the world. Travel overseas without leaving your kitchen and enjoy the tastes from exotic locations.

One reason I love to cook popular dishes from around the world is that there is so much you can learn about a foreign culture, without leaving home. For example, shopping for a couple of different ingredients from say, a delicatessen, can lead to all sorts of discoveries in the world of food. Here is a link to an excellent Ted article on the subject of multi-cultural foods.

Looking for some more popular dinner recipes? Select from these choices of popular seafood dishes. Or maybe you are looking for vegetarian dishes or even gluten free recipes?

The country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends. Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork.

You can find other dinner recipes find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork over the last 12 months have included: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Vietnam, Melbourne (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus. Or search by course, and use- dinner.

Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)


10 of the Most Popular Dinner Recipes from Around the World

10 of our most popular dinner recipes from around the world. Travel overseas without leaving your kitchen and enjoy the tastes from exotic locations.

One reason I love to cook popular dishes from around the world is that there is so much you can learn about a foreign culture, without leaving home. For example, shopping for a couple of different ingredients from say, a delicatessen, can lead to all sorts of discoveries in the world of food. Here is a link to an excellent Ted article on the subject of multi-cultural foods.

Looking for some more popular dinner recipes? Select from these choices of popular seafood dishes. Or maybe you are looking for vegetarian dishes or even gluten free recipes?

The country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends. Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork.

You can find other dinner recipes find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork over the last 12 months have included: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Vietnam, Melbourne (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus. Or search by course, and use- dinner.

Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)


10 of the Most Popular Dinner Recipes from Around the World

10 of our most popular dinner recipes from around the world. Travel overseas without leaving your kitchen and enjoy the tastes from exotic locations.

One reason I love to cook popular dishes from around the world is that there is so much you can learn about a foreign culture, without leaving home. For example, shopping for a couple of different ingredients from say, a delicatessen, can lead to all sorts of discoveries in the world of food. Here is a link to an excellent Ted article on the subject of multi-cultural foods.

Looking for some more popular dinner recipes? Select from these choices of popular seafood dishes. Or maybe you are looking for vegetarian dishes or even gluten free recipes?

The country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends. Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork.

You can find other dinner recipes find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork over the last 12 months have included: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Vietnam, Melbourne (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus. Or search by course, and use- dinner.

Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)


10 of the Most Popular Dinner Recipes from Around the World

10 of our most popular dinner recipes from around the world. Travel overseas without leaving your kitchen and enjoy the tastes from exotic locations.

One reason I love to cook popular dishes from around the world is that there is so much you can learn about a foreign culture, without leaving home. For example, shopping for a couple of different ingredients from say, a delicatessen, can lead to all sorts of discoveries in the world of food. Here is a link to an excellent Ted article on the subject of multi-cultural foods.

Looking for some more popular dinner recipes? Select from these choices of popular seafood dishes. Or maybe you are looking for vegetarian dishes or even gluten free recipes?

The country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends. Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork.

You can find other dinner recipes find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork over the last 12 months have included: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Vietnam, Melbourne (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus. Or search by course, and use- dinner.

Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)


10 of the Most Popular Dinner Recipes from Around the World

10 of our most popular dinner recipes from around the world. Travel overseas without leaving your kitchen and enjoy the tastes from exotic locations.

One reason I love to cook popular dishes from around the world is that there is so much you can learn about a foreign culture, without leaving home. For example, shopping for a couple of different ingredients from say, a delicatessen, can lead to all sorts of discoveries in the world of food. Here is a link to an excellent Ted article on the subject of multi-cultural foods.

Looking for some more popular dinner recipes? Select from these choices of popular seafood dishes. Or maybe you are looking for vegetarian dishes or even gluten free recipes?

The country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends. Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork.

You can find other dinner recipes find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork over the last 12 months have included: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Vietnam, Melbourne (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus. Or search by course, and use- dinner.

Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)


10 of the Most Popular Dinner Recipes from Around the World

10 of our most popular dinner recipes from around the world. Travel overseas without leaving your kitchen and enjoy the tastes from exotic locations.

One reason I love to cook popular dishes from around the world is that there is so much you can learn about a foreign culture, without leaving home. For example, shopping for a couple of different ingredients from say, a delicatessen, can lead to all sorts of discoveries in the world of food. Here is a link to an excellent Ted article on the subject of multi-cultural foods.

Looking for some more popular dinner recipes? Select from these choices of popular seafood dishes. Or maybe you are looking for vegetarian dishes or even gluten free recipes?

The country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends. Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork.

You can find other dinner recipes find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork over the last 12 months have included: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Vietnam, Melbourne (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus. Or search by course, and use- dinner.

Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)


10 of the Most Popular Dinner Recipes from Around the World

10 of our most popular dinner recipes from around the world. Travel overseas without leaving your kitchen and enjoy the tastes from exotic locations.

One reason I love to cook popular dishes from around the world is that there is so much you can learn about a foreign culture, without leaving home. For example, shopping for a couple of different ingredients from say, a delicatessen, can lead to all sorts of discoveries in the world of food. Here is a link to an excellent Ted article on the subject of multi-cultural foods.

Looking for some more popular dinner recipes? Select from these choices of popular seafood dishes. Or maybe you are looking for vegetarian dishes or even gluten free recipes?

The country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends. Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork.

You can find other dinner recipes find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork over the last 12 months have included: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Vietnam, Melbourne (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus. Or search by course, and use- dinner.

Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)


10 of the Most Popular Dinner Recipes from Around the World

10 of our most popular dinner recipes from around the world. Travel overseas without leaving your kitchen and enjoy the tastes from exotic locations.

One reason I love to cook popular dishes from around the world is that there is so much you can learn about a foreign culture, without leaving home. For example, shopping for a couple of different ingredients from say, a delicatessen, can lead to all sorts of discoveries in the world of food. Here is a link to an excellent Ted article on the subject of multi-cultural foods.

Looking for some more popular dinner recipes? Select from these choices of popular seafood dishes. Or maybe you are looking for vegetarian dishes or even gluten free recipes?

The country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends. Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork.

You can find other dinner recipes find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork over the last 12 months have included: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Vietnam, Melbourne (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus. Or search by course, and use- dinner.

Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)


10 of the Most Popular Dinner Recipes from Around the World

10 of our most popular dinner recipes from around the world. Travel overseas without leaving your kitchen and enjoy the tastes from exotic locations.

One reason I love to cook popular dishes from around the world is that there is so much you can learn about a foreign culture, without leaving home. For example, shopping for a couple of different ingredients from say, a delicatessen, can lead to all sorts of discoveries in the world of food. Here is a link to an excellent Ted article on the subject of multi-cultural foods.

Looking for some more popular dinner recipes? Select from these choices of popular seafood dishes. Or maybe you are looking for vegetarian dishes or even gluten free recipes?

The country the recipe is from is provided as reference. You can find a full 3-4 course dinner menu for each country on Compass & Fork if you would like to expand dinner to a night of entertaining family and friends. Each country we have featured has many of their traditional recipes on Compass & Fork.

You can find other dinner recipes find them using either the Recipe Search – by cuisine, or the drop down menu at the top of the page under Recipes | By Cuisine. Featured destinations on Compass & Fork over the last 12 months have included: Italy, Turkey, Patagonia, Vietnam, Melbourne (Australia), Thailand, Peru, Greece and Cyprus. Or search by course, and use- dinner.

Most of these recipes are quite easy to prepare. If you can’t find the ingredients locally, please check the shop, there are links to where to purchase the items online. (Most of the recipes contain a link to the item in the shop as well, so you can find them easily.)