03/17/2015 12:48 EDT | Updated 03/17/2015 12:59 EDT

Staple Ingredients You Need To Make Meals Around The World (PHOTOS)

Christine Rode

Craving Spanish food but don't know where to start? These staple ingredients should make your choice that much more simple.

Graphic designer Christine Rode created What Food Looks Like for a class at California College of Arts for eight different types of cuisines, after realizing most of her peers relied on take-out and frozen meals instead of picking up fresh produce.

"I set out to make a photographic diagram of what your meals look like before they’re prepared," Rode explained on her website.

The eight tablescapes show the key ingredients found in each type of cuisine. From fresh herbs to simple starches, the boards take you back to basics and explain how the ingredients work together. Travelling between the different platters, you get a snapshot of what it takes to make traditional meals, and in some cases, you even see which countries' cuisines have inspired others.

But if you're just looking for flavour ideas, you can simplify it further. The Daily Mail reports you only need three ingredients to produce the flavours of 36 world cuisines with garlic dominating across Europe and Asia.

So instead of swinging by the drive-thru, take a look at the slideshow below and see what real food looks like.

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