A dish is a prepared, assembled item of food, completely ready to be served and eaten, whether with cutlery or out of hand. It is prepared via a set of directions contained in a recipe, even if the recipe is informal and even if it is not written down. Most dishes are given distinct names or descriptors to distinguish them from other dishes. The names usually focus on the main ingredient in the dish, though not always. Sometimes, the name of a dish may include a geographic location or the name of a person, to emphasize the association of the dish with a place or person.