Data Visualization A map visualization of most popular Thanksgiving recipes

Published on November 28th, 2013 | by Travis Korte


A Map of Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Just in time for Thanksgiving, an interactive recipe map from CNBC shows what each U.S. state will be eating during the holiday. Using data from and a Tableau visualization platform, the map shows how the most popular recipes for various food categories differ from state to state.

The holiday, which originated in New England in the 17th century, has spread across the country, but the visualization shows how strongly regional cuisines persist. For example, while cranberry sauce preference remains constant across the country, the pie landscape is much more diverse, with sweet potato holding out in the South, pumpkin dominating the Midwest, pecan persisting in Texas and Oklahoma and Apple winning out everywhere else. While most of the country has converged on mashed potatoes, Creole-influenced Louisiana still prefers au gratin.

Take a look.

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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