If one thinks of the Eastern Mediterranean as an arc, Turkey is the Keystone, a country that not only synthesized the cooking styles of the many nations it conquered but also reinterpreted and then exported these ideas to the farthest reaches of the greater Mediterranean.
I thought it might be an interesting exercise for me (I hope others join in) to engage in a comparative discoure of cusines in the countries of this forum and the surrounding countries.
I've only taken a quick look at the dishes, but there are many that I can recgonize as having an Algerian variation.
(Yes, I know that Turkey wants to be part of the EU. But Turkish cusine and culture overlaps much more with the Middle East than it does with European. I can start this topic in the elsewhere in Europe forum and it will probably go nowhere).
Edited by chefzadi, 10 April 2005 - 09:08 PM.