The Cube Rule of Food Identification

The Cube Rule of Food Identification

Typology for identifying foods by the location of structural starches

The Cube Rule of Food identification was first outlined in a tweet by @Phosphatide (a then 25-year-old man named Brandon) and expanded into the cuberule.com website by Andre Arko. It defines the type of food by the location of starch elements that are structural to the food. (Such as bread, crusts, etc.)

In this typology, there are 7 types of food:

  • Salad (0 starches)
  • Toast (1 starch)
  • Sandwich (2 starches, typically in parallel planes)
  • Taco (starch on 3 planes)
  • Sushi (starch on 4 planes - wrapped around the rest of the food)
  • Quiche (starch on all sides of the food except one)
  • Calzone (starch completely surrounding the food)

Examples

The following are examples of each type:

Salad
  • Steak
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Fried rice
  • Spaghetti
  • Soup
Toast
  • Pizza
  • Nigiri sushi
Sandwich
  • Traditional sandwich between two slices of bread
  • Lasagna
Taco
  • Hot dog
  • Sub sandwich
Sushi
  • Falafal wrap
  • Pigs in a blanket
Quiche
  • Cheesecake
  • Soup in a bread bowl
Calzone
  • Burrito
  • Corn dog

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