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Historical Development of Turkish Cuisine. The historical development of Turkish cuisine is directly related to the vast geography the Turks have lived on and the ingredients that these geographies have offered, enabled Turks to form a very rich and varied food culture.
The Turks of Central Asia earned their living via animal husbandry. When living conditions became unsuitable, they migrated and settled in Anatolia to start a new life. The most significant state that was formed in Anatolia were The Anatolian Seljuks. Encountering many new and different ingredients, Seljuks incorporated them into their own cuisine. The once simple cuisine, became more complex with the addition of new ingredients and new cooking methods.