Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Periplus Editions (Hk); 1st edition (May 1998)
Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #355,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #9 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > European > Turkish
When I ordered The Sultan's Kitchen on .com, at first I was skeptical because most cookbooks on Turkish cuisine published in English are not very authentic. But I was wrong; this book is full of authentic Turkish recipes adapted for use in North American kitchens. It is a beautifully produced cookbook, full of color and glossy photographs of finished dishes. No detail is overlooked in the production of this book. It is such a beautiful cookbook that one could easily display on one's coffee table. However, the real strength of this book lies in the precision of its recipes. The author who is a celebrity chef in Boston, has gone in great length in producing a Turkish cookbook that will allow even a moderately skilled cook to produce sumptuous Turkish dishes at home. This book is all about flavor. This is a kind of book that not only home cooks but professional chefs alike will find very beneficial. The recipes in the book harmoniously blend together, so one could easily mix and match various dishes in creating menus when entertaining others. However, the author even compiled suggested menus for different seasons of the year to ease the task of the reader.Chef Ozcan Ozan's book does a good job in presenting the reader with an insight into rustic classical cooking in Turkey, but does not address the new style Turkish cuisine one finds in big metropolitan cities such as Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara and Adana in modern day Turkey. I guess with ever changing life styles, Turkish cuisine is also evolving all the time just like French and Italian cuisines. Turkish cuisine undoubtedly is one of the greatest cuisines in the world together with French and Chinese cuisines.
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