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The modern story of Aleppo is being told through the lens of the brutal Syrian civil war, but one chef has been working to preserve part of what gained the ancient city renown over its millennia at the crossroads of global trade routes."This is what intrigued me about Aleppine cuisine".Alongside the recipes she collected over almost 15 years of research, Matar guides the reader in a discovery of the local culture through historical background and anecdotes on how each recipe came into being. "Each dish has its own story," Matar said. While she is Lebanese, her fascination for the culinary richness of Aleppo motivated her to take frequent research trips to Syria starting in 1998 . This white pudding is served in Chinese-style cups on the first day of the year, according to the belief that spotless white food keeps the whole year free of blemishes.For Matar's part, she hopes that her book will contribute to keeping alive one aspect of the rich identity of Aleppo.
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