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Turkey [Hardcover]

Leanne Kitchen
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Book Description

4 April 2011
Food and travel writer Leanne Kitchen takes us on an evocative journey into the diverse cuisines and culinary customs of regional Turkey. Armed with her camera, a keen sense of observation and passion for all things culinary, Leanne traverses the extremes of sophistication - from the refined cooking of the Ottoman court to the rustic simplicity of peasant food. From spicy red lentil kofte and slow roasted lamb with pomegranate juice to rose cream meringues and Turkish coffee custard, Leanne unveils not just the inspiration for her collection of authentic and contemporary recipes but the very essence of Turkish hospitality. Stunning photojournalist style photography taken by the author accompany more than 80 new recipes, providing amazing insight into life around Turkey.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (4 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741965993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741965995
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leanne Kitchen is a Sydney-based food and travel writer. Her articles and photographs have regularly appeared in many Australasian magazines and she has held senior editorial positions on publications such as Vogue Entertaining + Travel and Australian Gourmet Traveller. She has some 10 cookbooks to her name, including Grower's Market (Murdoch Books, 2006) and the 'Providore' series (The Butcher, The Baker, The Greengrocer and The Dairy, Murdoch Books, 2008). Leanne travels regularly, and is particularly passionate about the food and cultures of the Middle East. She is a trained professional chef and before embarking on a career in publishing, enjoyed a successful cooking career spanning some 14 years. Leanne spent much of 2009 travelling around Turkey, researching the food, collecting stories and shooting the location photography for this book.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook with authentic recipies 28 May 2011
By Mike J VINE VOICE
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I enjoyed this cookbook and I'm a big fan of the kind of Arabic / Mediterranean food it promotes. Recipes range from simple to advanced, often suggesting you make your own pasta or bread, I can cook, but I'm not quite at that stage yet.

A little more explanation of the Turkish dish names would have been welcomed, and certainly as not all recipes had photo's, I was really in the dark on some recipes as to what they were or should look like.

Once thing to be careful of... make sure you have access to shops that sell Turkish products as many recipes call for specialist ingredients, many of which I had never heard of, and I feel I'm quite knowledgeable on such things.

Alternatives are often suggested, but I always like to use the proper ingredient... if the alternative was as good, they would just use that anyway.

Many lovely photo's make the book an enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lush book more suited to the coffee table 9 Feb 2012
By John Nunn VINE VOICE
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This is a staggeringly huge book with many mood photographs and I ask myself what about the food. While there are plenty of recipes on display it does not offer a recipe for a basic pepper sauce instead suggesting you find jars of it! Since the internet offers plenty of this basic recipe (with and without chilies) I cannot see why the author could not have provided this as well.

In essence too many nice pictures and lacking in recipes in such a large format make it an unwieldy book to cook from.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book but not quite perfect! 14 May 2011
By K. Wright VINE VOICE
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You can tell that "Turkey" is a beautiful high quality book from the outset. It is large and heavy with thick glossy pages and filled with gorgeous photography. It's not the kind of cookery book that you flick through to find the odd recipe, but is an ode to Turkey and its cuisine which deserves to be devoured from cover to cover. Leanne Kitchen is an accomplished travel and food writer and thus she combines the best of the two from her thorough research from travelling around the country.

A variety of dishes caught my eye, including the Warm Pumpkin Hummus which was easy to make and delicious. I also intend to try out more recipes soon including Pekmez Roasted Pear, Feta, Watercress and Hazlenut salad, Lahmacun (a sort of lamb pizza) and Zucchini fritters.

However on closer inspection there are a number of flaws which I would expect to be irradicated from this kind of high end publication.

Some of the recipes are preceded by a little explanation of the dish and which region it originates from or how Kitchen has adapted it, however this is not consistent. For many dishes I was left wondering what exactly it was as many of the Turkish words were unfamiliar to me and I was scanning the ingredients list to try and work it out.

The photography is beautiful, both of the Turkish landscape, the people and the food although I would like to have seen a picture to accompany every dish.

For those familiar with Turkish food, language and culture this is a fantastic book. As a novice when it comes to cooking Turkish food I found that I could have done with a few more explanations of what specific words mean and what accompaniments to serve with certain recipes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very attractive book 21 Aug 2011
By Constant Reader TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The trouble with books like this is that they make you more likely to sit down on your sofa to look at the pictures than to roll up your sleeves and get into the kitchen.

Beautifully presented, each page is decorated and the book is full of picturesque photographs as well as food illustrations. There's a very welcome ribbon place marker and decorated end papers. I can't contemplate it being splashed with grease or the pages getting wrinkled with steam in the kitchen.

Never having visited the country, I was keen to learn how to cook some Turkish dishes, but there simply wasn't enough explanation in this book and I found the more complex recipes daunting - particularly the long lists of ingredients.
I've tried some of the simpler recipes - Pasta with rocket, feta, walnuts and herbs was nice as was Simit - bread rings with sesame seeds. Baklava, I was amused to find, is Turkish not Greek. Only problem was, she didn't give the recipe, since "Proper baklava just can't be replicated at home - you have to go to Gaziantep to experience the real thing". I thought that was a bit cheeky - I'll just have to make it from my Greek cook book then since they're slightly less precious about it.

In summary, a lovely book, but more likely to live on the coffee table than in the kitchen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful cook book. 3 May 2011
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Leanne Kitchen's Turkish cookbook opens with a short explanation of the idea behind it. She wrote the book on her travels around Turkey, armed with a camera and with no clear plan in mind. This, she says, has resulted in a collection of recipes that she has encountered not so much by design as by coincidence. I do like this approach as, provided that this is an accurate representation of the compiling of the book, it leads to a diverse table of contents with a wide number of recipes of differing types.

The recipes include breads, meze, soups, salads, meats and fish dishes. All are clearly laid out and easy to follow. At this stage, I have only done a couple of recipes (I'm slightly ashamed to say that they were the slightly obvious kebabs and meze elements) but these were successful and *extremely* tasty.

Kitchen also gives a little background to some of the recipes, which may not be to all interests, but I quite enjoy these kind of things. The book is presented as being a road trip, as much as it is a cookery book.

One other thing to note, which is incidental, but pleasing, is that this is an exceptionally pretty book. The photography in the book is wonderful and makes this a joy to browse. It's up to you, of course, how important you think that this is. I enjoyed it, anyway.

All in all, though, this is an excellent and easy to follow cook book. Recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
I bought this book after a trip to Istanbul and it has recipes for most of the things I tried over there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kerry Fitzgerald
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I don't like spicy food but I like to cook lots of variety this book gives you history of ingredients which I like & it has some good recipes very good so far
Published 4 months ago by Jean Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
The book we ordered arrived in a few days as advertised. It is in good shape. What else can I said
Published 22 months ago by Mr. Gilles C. Nullens
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book with some flaws!
This is a combination of a cooking and coffee table book, and whilst it almost completely satisfies the latter, there are a few points that let the book down as a pure cookery... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2012 by DJ Bez
5.0 out of 5 stars Turkish Cuisine
Fabulous! Great photos and Turkish food is so delicious!! So many interesting facts about this wonderful country, produce and cuisine.
Lovely book!
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by A. Acar
5.0 out of 5 stars recipes from the road
Stunning illustrations and wonderful selection of
recipes.

The book was purchased as a present,so well worth the wait.

Many thanks.
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by DUNCAN N.SMITH
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book!
I bought this cookery book for my husband as he is so keen on Turkish cooking. The book is quite push, lovely photos and many interesting recipies. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by Nazli
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty and tasty - a real treat
Turkey is a gorgeous, sumptuous travelogue and recipe book, in the genre of the World Cafe cookbooks. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2011 by J. Charlesworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I bought this book as a present for someone's birthday and wished I could have kept it for myself,so may buy another. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2011 by Jen in Devon
5.0 out of 5 stars The wonders of turkish food
This is an excellent book covering Pan-Turkish regional food and an interesting format that you could actually just sit down and read without trying the recipes. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by Rupert S. Fairfax
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