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Jul 14
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CB on the Road: Join Us in Gaziantep!

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Bread in Gaziantep, photo by Yigal Schleifer

Ankara may be Turkey’s political center and Istanbul its cultural and economic one, but ask Turks what their country’s culinary capital is and the answer will invariably be the same: Gaziantep.

An ancient city not far from Turkey’s southern border, a meeting point between the Arab Middle East and Turkish Anatolia, Gaziantep over the centuries has developed a culinary culture that is deeply rooted in the rhythm of the agricultural lands surrounding it and that is maintained with great pride and honor by the city’s cooks and food makers. Gaziantep is also the source for many of Turkish cuisine’s iconic dishes – the city’s famous baklava is without compare and its kebabs are truly works of art, the standard by which all others are measured.

Although our activities in Turkey have focused on Istanbul, we recently started thinking about how to share our passion for Gaziantep and its food culture with others. The result is Culinary Secrets of Gaziantep, a three-day eating and hands-on cooking adventure that we will offer in three “seatings” starting September, which is pistachio harvest season: Sept. 1-3, 8-10 and Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

Read more about our new Gaziantep tour at Culinary Backstreets, or for more details and pricing information, please visit here or write us at walks@culinarybackstreets.com

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