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Gorgeous book but not quite perfect!
on 14 May 2011
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.