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A culture’s traditional foods often reveal many things about it: the climate and soil conditions in which it grew, the variety of ingredients and nutrients its early members had at hand, and the cultural influences it came into contact with. Traditional foods are often considered both beloved and essential parts of belonging to a culture. Below, you’ll find recipes presented with histories and descriptions of the food’s current place in the modern culture that consumes them.

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Many of these foods may have various regional or national names and/or variations. We have tried to reflect that in the articles as well.

Samsa: A Tasty Pastry of the Silk Road

The samsa (самса) is a meat- or vegetable-filled savory pastry. They are both flaky (слоеная) and crispy (хрустящая). They are enjoyed across the former USSR, where they are most associated with Central Asian cuisine. The samsa originated in the Middle East and spread across the Silk Road (Шелковый путь), reaching Central Asia, India, and Africa. […]

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