Saturday, January 9, 2016

levantine foods is from greek foods

Maybe the aspect that the Levantine culinary tradition dates back at least to common basics of the Byzantine Empire should be worked out more. The Turkish (ie Ottoman) cuisine adopted many of these (amongst others). In Western Europa, because of a different culinary development in the later middle ages and modern times, we mostly look at it as if being a oriental cuisine, when in fact its just the ordinary cooking tradition from the Byzantine antiquity. Not to forget that the Levantine cuisine of today is also a product of the agrarian imports from the Americas via Western Europe (also many Lebanese fe have ties to Europe and the USA). And thats where the cuisine of Israel has its places - as beeing part of the more recent or modern Levantine cuisine (incorporating Western and Mizrahi-jewish ways of cooking).-- (talk) 16:16, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for your contributions. I agree that modern Levantine cuisine owes a lot to the Columbian exchange (Fragner has a good discussion of this in A Taste of Thyme). There are certainly some dishes that can be traced to Byzantine and medieval Arab traditions, but as Fragner says about Ottoman cuisine:
It is a matter of mere speculation whether the origins of this imperial culinary legacy are to be traced back to Greek antiquity, the Byzantine heritage, or the ingenuity of the glorious Turkish and Arab nations, not forgetting Phoenician and Jewish traditions; nowadays you may find support for any of these claims in various countries in the Balkans and the Near East. (Fragner, p. 53)

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