cuisine is the 'sleeper,'
the grand surprise for every visitor
to Turkey. 'I never expected the
food to be so good!' is the common
refrain among returning visitors. (Here
are Turkish cooking classes.)
How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark
on a Tasting Adventure, by Joan Peterson
The long title does not even say it all, for this
is undoubtedly the best guide to Turkish
cuisine by far. This excellent culinary
guide gives you a brief (140 pages) but satisfying
history of Turkish cooking, a survey of the country's
regional cuisines, good menu translations, and even
recipes to use after you've returned home. Prepare
one of these, and fond memories of your travels fill
your spirit as the savory sauces satisfy your palate. Order
from Ginkgo Press.
Classic Turkish Cooking
by Ghillie Basan
A good way to tempt your palate, with over a hundred
photos, and the basics of Turkish cooking.
The Sultan's Kitchen:
Written by the chef of a famous Turkish restaurant
in Boston, Massachusetts, this book has lots of beautiful
photos, and inventive versions of the classic Turkish
recipes divided into sections on meze (appetizers),
bread, soup, meat,
seafood, pilav, salad, and dessert/sweet.