Syrian cuisine, one of the most celebrated and revered across the Middle East, is home to some of the most sophisticated and long-honed recipes that date back to one of the earliest cookbooks from the 13th century. The cities of Damascus and Aleppo have always been considered culinary capitals of the region throughout ancient and modern times. Today Syrian food is traveling the world as people discover its incredible flavors, fresh ingredients, and healthy cooking tradition.
From time immemorial, travelers from far and wide came to the Syrian cities seeking the secrets of recipes prepared by the region's top chefs. Both the narrow alleys of the old cities and the rolling hills of the rural countryside have been homes to centuries-old recipes honed by families. Influencing so many cuisines in the region, the country has also been a crossroad for many other culinary traditions around it, making it a unique amalgam of both tradition and innovation in the kitchen.