Nutrition has been a custom of worship since the ancient times, either through sacrifice and libation to the gods, or through offerings to the Christian Saints. The life experiences of the ancient world, as well as the gastronomic habits of the Byzantine, were enriched with the cultural experiences of nomads and urban folk of different ethnicities that settled in Thrace and the rest of Greece during the Ottoman times. The gastronomic habits of the Greeks in Asia Minor, Black Sea, Kappadokia and North Eastern Thrace, have enriched and transformed Greek cuisine. The mixture of products, aromas, seasoning and the lusciousness of various flavors the Ottomans had brought from the Orient would later transform Constantinople cuisine. Through the rich and various nutritional customs of urban and country folk of different ethnicities of Thrace, the traces of cultural rearrangement and influence these people received, are saved to this day. In traditional urban folk world, the kitchen is the center of social and collective life. They used to divide their days into fasting or non- fasting days depending on Saint celebration days. The skillful concoctions of urban cuisine, were created through seeking sophisticated, hedonistic tastes and the creative imagination of scholars.
The various forgotten authentic tastes of Thrace reel people in and lead them to the luxury and magic of tradition.



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