Turkish food is highly influenced by the rich history of Turkey, both from the duration of the Ottoman Empire and the country's position between the Eastern and Western worlds.
Similar to Greek food in many ways, Turkish food is at times a more spice-heavy spin on the "Mediterranean" dishes which we have come to associate with that area of the world. Things like Doner Kebab, Dolmas and Cacik are all incredibly familiar worldwide, though they are sometimes called by their Greek-language names Gyro, Dolmades and Tzatziki.
We love this hearty fusion cuisine, and its cross-cultural references demonstrate so much of the world's history that you are sure to learn from simply sitting down to a Turkish meal.
While Turkey is a world away for some of our readers, we encourage you to experiment with their traditional flavors and recipes. These hearty, healthy dishes are sure to please.
What's your favorite historically fused cuisine?
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