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Very attractive book
on 21 August 2011
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.