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This isn't bad. The illustrations are terrific and the finished dishes ...
, 13 July 2014
This review is from: Eat Istanbul: A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cuisine (Hardcover)
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After living in Turkey for a couple of years in the 70s I have collected as many Turkish cookbooks as have come available over time. My very first were a couple of volumes in the English language versions that quickly fell apart at the seams, but the authentic, and now hanging together with selotape and used as quick reference.
This isn't bad. The illustrations are terrific and the finished dishes look exactly as they should in most.
I have a couple of quibbles, my main being the ubiquitous Cobata salad, Turkish Sheperd's Salad, that was the basic salad that ended up on every dinner table next to a bowl of torn lettuce. Chopped or slices tomatoes, cucumbers, onions with just olive oil with salt and pepper. That's it. It is, and never was a version of Greek Salad with peppers and cheese that is a meal in itself, but was always a very simple side salad. However, there's lot of standards here.
Many people have complained they cannot find the ingredients. I would suggest you go online to the Turkish Supermarket based in the south, London I think, if you have the same problem they have pretty much all the bits and pieces you'll need.
Sumac, mastic and zahtar should be in your cupboard, along with lots of fresh flat leaved parsley, pomegranates if you can find them and lemons or limes. I always love salep as a hot drink from the cafes on the way home at nights. One of those things you never forget and always miss. If you can find the genuine article then do try it.
All in all. A very nicely presented book, with good illustrations and recipes for plenty, if not all, of the most common dishes you will find on family dinner tables and in cafes.
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