Reading through alot of food related writing, I often find writers mentioning Chinese and French as the world's "great" cuisines. Sometimes, you'll also hear Mexican, Indian, and Japanese. What do you think compels writers to declare Chinese and French as "great" cuisines? I would guess part of it is due to the immense impact that both cuisines had on the cultures of their respective geographical boundaries. To be honest, i'm not very knowledgable about French cuisine but I love Chinese and Indian cuisine for the sheer diversity of flavors, ingredients, and styles of preparation. I am sure everyone has their own criteria for "great" cuisines but I am curious as to what everyone else would choose if they were to determine their own list of "grand" cuisines. For me, Chinese and Indian would definitely be on the list.... French as well for it's impact on Western culinary culture in general..