Could anyone please tell the difference between authenic and genuine? If I refer to cuisine which has exactly same taste as the homegrown one , which word fits for the following context? For examples, I tasted a French dish made my Chinese friend. That's a genuine/authetic French, because she lived France and studied French cuisine for many years. I am a genuine/authentic Chinese. I think genuine is better. The base of geniune is gen, while that of authentic is "authen" which refers to author. Thus, authentic usually is usually applied to something in paper, book, etc, is not counterfeit. And genuine is applied to a horse, a person, etc. Is it an educated guess? Thanks!