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Easy to source recipes for Turkish cuisine,
This review is from: Turkey (Hardcover)
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Turkish cookery has long seemed to me the poor cousin of Middle-Eastern cuisine in terms of cookery book coverage; odd, as Turkish recipes are as varied as the country itself. Turkey is at the crossroad of Europe and Asia, and its geographical position ensures it has a rich culinary heritage. Leanne Kitchen's book seeks to capture the essence of Turkish cookery.
There are a wide range of recipes here, from meze to desserts, including familiar favourites such as köfte,dolmas and baklava (although even these are given interesting variations), but also many perhaps less familiar dishes - labneh, pide, katmer... Add to these the large number of recipes that have a real Turkish flavour without Turkish names (baked squid with celeriac, pink grapefruit juice , tomato and oregano, say, or chicken and pistachio soup, then the book becomes a treasure house of practical recipes redolent of the area.
Another very pleasing element to this book is that the recipes rarely call for hard-to-source "ethnic" ingredients: and when they do, there are always suggestions for alternatives that still work well.
The recioes are also very well laid out, and there are a large number of full-page colour photographs that help to make this a browser's dream even when not being employed in the kitchen. Finally, for me, the pages that talk about Turkey and Turkish eating are a real pleasure. Leanne Kitchen's book is subtitled "Recipes and Tales from the Road": these "tales" help to bring the book to life.
If you enjoy this book, I'd also recommend "Morocco" from the same publisher, Murdoch Books.
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2011 15:35:51 BDT
There isn't a recipe for baklava in this book. its one of the reasons why I only gave it 3 stars.
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