Some food aficionados call Argentina "the world's best-kept culinary secret." Family traditions have guided unwritten recipes for generations. The idea of food as an art form has only recently developed in cities like Buenos Aires and Mendoza.
The vast landscape of Argentina was thinly populated until the 16th Century, when Spain began building settlements, then cities. Waves of immigrants followed from Europe and the British Isles. Argentina is a culinary crossroads, blending many traditions that have created a diverse food and wine culture that is now uniquely Argentine.