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on 11 July 2007
"Dinner of Herbs" is the best travel/memoir book written by a Western traveller about village life in Turkey, I have ever read in my life. Carla Grissman lovingly and vividly tells the story of her 1-year stay in a very poor Turkish village in mid-1960s. Written with deep insight, understanding, warm feeling, intelligent yet unjudgemental observation, without a trace of prejudice, self-righteousness or pretentious witticism observed in most Western travel writers in their accounts of Turkey, Carla Grissman's book is a masterful guide to understanding the simple, honest, poverty-stricken, pious and ever so friendly village people of central Anatolia as they were 40 years ago. If Mrs. Grissman could visit Uzak Koy (literally translated "Remote Village")today, she may see that many things have changed material-wise, but not the inherent wisdom, altruism, sincerity and hospitality of her Turkish folks, I believe...
Canan Silay, Istanbul, July 2007
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