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Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. Turkish cuisine has in turn influenced those and other neighbouring cuisines, including that of western Europe. The Ottomans fused various culinary traditions of their realm with influences from Middle Eastern cuisines, along with traditional Turkic elements from Central Asia (such as yogurt), creating a vast array of technical specialities- many with strong regional associations.

Taken as a whole, Turkish cuisine is not homogeneous. Aside from common Turkish specialities that can be found throughout the country, there are also many region-specific specialities. The Black Sea region's cuisine (northern Turkey) is based on corn and anchovies. The southeast—Urfa, Gaziantep and Adana—is famous for its kebabs, mezes and dough-based desserts such as baklavakadayıf and künefe. Especially in the western parts of Turkey, where olive trees are grown abundantly, olive oil is the major type of oil used for cooking. The cuisines of the Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean regions display basic characteristics of Mediterranean cuisine as they are rich in vegetables, herbs, and fish. Central Anatolia is famous for its pasta specialties, such as keşkek (kashkak), mantı (especially from Kayseri) and gözleme.

A specialty's name sometimes includes that of a city or region, either in or outside of Turkey, and may refer to the specific technique or ingredients used in that area. For example, the difference between Urfa kebab and Adana kebab is the use of garlic instead of onion and the larger amount of hot pepper that kebab contains. 
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Quick Tip by . May 05, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
Kebab! Turkish Cuisine consists of mostly mutton and in Turkey, the smell can be quite distinctive. It takes time to adjust and a lot of people simply couldn't take it for an extended period of time.       In Turkey, one can find quite a variety of sweet dessert. If dessert is your thing, then you must try them! For men though, I find them more interested in belly-dancing!!!           
review by . October 14, 2009
posted in Gourmand
Turkish Delights
When in Turkey, go Turkish. Well, like it or not, you are going to get lots of it while there. Almost no chance of escaping unless you go looking for McDonald's. Even that is not available in every little town. So, be prepared for what you'll be getting. There are of course some who have been exposed to Turkish Cuisine out of Turkey and most of them are the world famous Kebab. Well, before we get to Kebab, let's start with what is delightful. A snack called the Turkish Delights. You might want to …
Quick Tip by . March 09, 2010
posted in Gourmand
The side dish? Belly dancing ;-) To add variety to one's palate, Turkish C is actually reasonably attractive. I've tried it once in Canada.
review by . December 14, 2008
I'll admit that I've only had Turkish food from a handful of restaurants in Northern California. I've tried many items, and while I did enjoy most of the food, I prefer the cuisine of neighboring countries that use a little more spice and herbs. It's not to say that Turkish food is bland, but I prefer the spices and herbs used in Lebanese, Tunisian, and Persian cooking more.    Many Turkish restaurants will sell French Fries topped with caramelized onions, chives, and other toppings. …
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