🔕 🔔

My Basket ()

All questions

favorite cookbooks on turkish cuisine?

Looking for a cookbook of Turkish recipes. Currently choosing between Sultan's Kitchen (Ozcan Ozan) and Turkey (Leanne Kitchen). Preferences between these two, or other favorites?

asked by Rivka about 4 years ago
8 answers 1462 views
23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added about 4 years ago

Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos

79ca7fa3 11e3 4829 beae d200649eab49  walken the walk

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added about 4 years ago

My rec would be "Arabesque" by Claudia Roden. About a third of the book is devoted to Turkey. She is a remarkable food historian to whom I will bow down and honor. Istanbul (was Constantinople) is where Europe and Arabia collide.

1d0d675a 5598 44a5 865e 32730d2a1273  186003 1004761561 1198459 n
added about 4 years ago

Turquoise by Greg and Lucy Malouf is one of my favorites.

516f887e 3787 460a bf21 d20ef4195109  bigpan
added about 4 years ago

Can't recommend a book, but I was in Istanbul recently and had a wonderful tomato salad for lunch (with kabobs, of course). This recipe is quite similar and easy to make.

72b8c92f c97c 49cf 8fc2 4b08462521f6  me
added about 4 years ago

While not specifically Turkish, Paula Wolfert's Cooking of Eastern Mediterranean is always great.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar

Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added about 4 years ago

All the books mentioned above are great. I have a copy of A Cookery Tale by Sahrap Soysal, which I like. However, I don't know how easy it would be to find--I bought the book on a trip to Turkey two years ago.

C0d1f1de 4134 43ba 9510 1d7a8caa31f3  scan0004
added about 4 years ago

SPICE, Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean, by Ana Sortun, is impressive, as is her restaurant Oleana, in Cambridge MA. From the blurb: she 'learned the traditions of Turkish cooking from local women.'

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added about 4 years ago

Kitchen's and Malouf's books are beautiful and the recipes are good; they are Aussie-style interpretations of Turkish dishes rather than "authentic" (for lack of a better word) recipes, if that matters to you. Classic Turkish Cooking by Ghillie Basan was recently reissued in soft cover and it's very good. But I most highly recommend Classical Turkish Cooking by Ayla Algar, a teacher of Turkish at UC Berkeley, a linguist and culinary researcher. It has no photographs but does include a wealth of information/culinary history/background on dishes. Algar grew up in Turkey. Her recipes are very clear and produce "real" Turkish food.

Let's Keep in Touch!

Get the recipes and features that have us talking, plus first dibs on events and limited-batch products.

(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)

Please enter a valid email address.