Related to this question, what is the classification of culinary items like (ingredients, spices, cooking materials called?)

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The group "ingredients" is diverse and so also is the group "cooking materials", as this could include utensils, for instance. I would use the term "condiments" to refer to all spices, seasonings, sauces and other substances that add flavor to food.


I think the umbrella term that would cover all classifications of culinary items is food preparation.

For example wikipedia outlines the following sub-classifications under food preparation:

  • Food preparation techniques

    • Cooking techniques
    • Chemical techniques
  • Cuisines

  • General ingredients

Also it lists some of the food preparation concepts that would fall under classifications.

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