The simit, a sesame-covered bread resembling an oversized bagel, is Turkey's unofficial national food. Traditionally sold and eaten on the street, it has been around since at least the Ottoman times. It has been documented in writings and illustrations for centuries; more recently, politicians have used simits as a measure of basic subsistence. Turkey has been cracking down on street food vendors though. And the simit has been facing competition from international snacks like pizza. And companies including Starbucks and the home-grown bakery chain Simit Sarayi have also been making it harder for more traditional simit-bakers and simit-sellers to survive.
Research Article| November 01 2012
Simit: Turkey's National Bread
alisa roth is a writer based in New York City. She has reported—and eaten—in many countries, including Turkey, Jordan, Germany, the Netherlands, China, and India. Previously she spent seven years as a staff reporter for the public radio program Marketplace. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times and The New York Review of Books, on NPR, and on PRl's The World.
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Gastronomica (2012) 12 (4): 31–36.
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alisa roth; Simit: Turkey's National Bread. Gastronomica 1 November 2012; 12 (4): 31–36. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/GFC.2012.12.4.31
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