Traveler's table: Dipping sauces around the world

Traveling foodie Kate Parham Kordsmeier offers a taste of how seven cultures prepare dipping sauces and where you can find each variation here in the USA.

Every one knows the best way to eat carrots is to dip them in ranch dressing. Shrimp cocktail without cocktail sauce might as well not be eaten. And chips without salsa is as blasphemous as French fries without ketchup. It's a universal truth that dipping sauces elevate even the simplest of foods, making nearly every dish more flavorful, interesting and delicious. Turns out, Americans aren't the only ones with a penchant for dipping. Take a look at the gallery above to see how seven other countries around the world use condiments to improve their plates.