Originally.the term came from people trying to quit smoking,when Camel nonfilters were big> (turkish blend tabacco) A "cold turkey" was an unlit Camel ! ,,,,,,,.....(not really sure,but it's all I can come up with) ; )
This is an excellent question. I never thought about it before; so I looked it up. This is what I found <br />
A narrowing of the meaning "suddenly or without preparation," from cold turkey being a dish that requires little preparation; originally used for heroin addicts.<br />
From the American phrase talk turkey meaning "to speak bluntly with little preparation".<br />
Some believe the derivation is from the comparison of a cold turkey carcass and the state of a withdrawing addict — most notably, the cold sweats, goose bumps.<br />
Reference to the periods after Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays where cold (leftover) turkey was likely to be eaten, coinciding with the end of those holidays' characteristically high alcohol consumption.<br />
Thanks for best answer.
I don't like cold turkey.
Its a dead bird that lost its ability to regulate body temperature....