This large format hardback looks like a 'coffee table book' to be kept pristine and never used in the kitchen. In keeping with this appearance, it is full of beautiful colour photographs of many of the dishes. However, it would be a great shame to store this on a shelf and never use it, because the recipes are superb, authentically flavoured and easy to follow, including the best home-cooking versions of Imam bayildi and green beans in olive oil and tomato that I have ever come across. Extraordinarily both of these recipes work better for me than Claudia Roden's equivalents, which I have cooked for years! (YMMV of course.) Buy it, use it and don't regret the oily finger marks on the high quality glossy pages. This is a practical cookbook as well as an intriguing insight into a food culture of which most holiday-making Brits only scratch the surface. But Amazon - please note! This book is NOT by Josceline Dimbleby! Ms Dimbleby provides a foreword, sure; but the book itself is by the excellet Ghillie Basan. Credit where it's due please!
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