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Sultan Cuisine from the Ottoman Empire

ISTANBUL

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Asitane Restaurant prides itself on recreating Ottoman cuisine, which is not easy. During the Ottoman period (1299–1922), secretive guilds prohibited chefs from writing down recipes, and any records that were kept are in Ottoman Turkish, written in Arabic script. Undaunted, Asitane hired a team of academics and researcher­s to search for menus detailing historic feasts, records of foods purchased for palace kitchens and written accounts by travelers, and recreated them.

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