Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dinner in the Ottoman Empire, anyone? 7/24

Carly Yuenger

Whether you're a foody, an amateur historian, or just like a taste of the exotic with your meals, the experience that Chef and food historian Channon Mondoux offers is a meal of a lifetime.

On this week's Food Friday show, we travel back in time and across the world to recreate a meal at the Sarayi, the Instanbul palace of the Sultans during the Ottoman Classical Age (about 1446-1600). How cool is that?
The Sarayi was the center of an elegant and innovative Turkish culinary culture. The meals Channon Mondoux helps us recreate with her book are those of the courts of the most well-known sultan of the times, Suleyman the Magnificent.

During the show, we'll learn how the cultures of the 16th century collided and mixed on the dinner table at the Sarayi and how the meals that appeared there inspired the Western cuisine that followed for centuries after.

It seems fair to say that her new mult-media cookbook, Celebrating at the Sarayi is more than just a cookbook. It tells a story through historical information, music, images, and, of course, the recipes. And, if you ever get the chance to catch one of her live recreations of food from this time, you might see a dance performance from the period as well.

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time? Have you ever been to a historically accurate recreation of a feast? What was the experience like? Have you ever tried cooking something from a recipe from another time or using ancient techniques? Call in to the show on Friday at 1-877-GLOBE-07 or leave a comment below!

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