What makes Argentine cooking so unique is that it blends traditional practices of the Indigenous population with that of the later Mediterannean Italian and Spanish settlers. Argentina is widely known for it’s large consumption of beef, being the highest consumer in the world. Asado is the name of traditional Argentine BBQ which is held as a key component to their national identity.
It is very common for people to eat in large groups with a sharing concept where an invitation to dinner is viewed as a symbol of integration, friendship and community. Like many other cultures, Sunday is the most significant meal day of the week which will typically serve pasta or, of course, asado.
Argentina’s European roots have had a massive influence on the regional variations of the cuisine as the initial amount of settlers varied from place to place.
Wine has become quite a commodity for export as their wines have become heralded around the world and now many wine lovers love the the product that the Argentine climate produces. You will however find many people drinking beer while enjoying asado. So much that many breweries that date back as early as the 1860’s have had much success in competing with wine sales.
Below is a very entertaining documentary produced by the BBC which goes into full depth about food in Argentina but with a focus on beef. It captures well the Argentine enthusiasm for beef and the renowned impact it has on the overall culture.
Check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentine_cuisine for a comprehensive breakdown on Argentine cuisine with great information on the history of where it all began up to the more contemporary practices.