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full of Turkish delights,
This review is from: Turkey (Hardcover)
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This beautifully written and illustrated book has been lovingly written and produced and is truly a delight to read through, touching the small sketches of people's lives in this far off and exotic land as well as offering some delicious recipes. Cookery books are evolving at the moment and here is one of those new-generation books which whilst being a great cookery book is also blessed with the witch-blood of being part travelogue. This really adds to the book since it immerses the recipes in the culture of the location and brings home a poignant sense of place; one can imagine walking through the spice laden Turkish markets full of exotic spices and foods, hearing the sounds of people's lives and the wonder of exploring a distant land whilst reading this book.
The book itself is divided into a number of sections each describing the type of dish to cook; meze, soups, bread pastry and pasta, vegetables and salads, rice and burghul (bulgar), fish and seafood, poultry and meat and finally desserts. As a fairly accomplished home cook who knows his way around lots of dishes from around the world I was a bit non-plussed in that I did not recognise many dishes from my first foray into this book; but I soon realised that this is good. The author has sought out the more obscure delights making this a really good book to add to ones repertoire of recipes.
This is a delightful book which captures the magic of Turkey and offers a unique range of wonderful recipes which will certainly captivate any lover of middle-eastern food. Highly recommended