As a urologic surgeon, Dr. Saeid Shamsian treated benign and malignant diseases of the bladder, ureters, and kidneys. He was one of the first physicians in New York to perform urinary incontinence procedures. Since retiring, Saeid Shamsian, MD, spends time trying new cuisines, but regularly visits Middle Eastern restaurants as well.
Middle Eastern history can be traced to the beginning of human civilization and, with it, the transformation of the agricultural landscape. The first evidence of domesticated plants was found in the Fertile Crescent, an area that encompasses Syria, Northern Egypt, Lebanon, Southern Iraq, and Israel.
Due to the Fertile Crescent’s capability to produce certain types of food products, the Middle East developed a rich culinary history. This is the reason its food was highly sought after by traders from 130 BCE until 1453 CE.
People from the area specialized in growing flavorful herbs and spices, including cinnamon, coriander, saffron, and turmeric. Such herbs and spices have been regarded as foundational to the development of Middle Eastern cuisine.