Wednesday, 16 September 2009


My sweet husband has been so supportive of this cooking experiment and purchased the above book for me.  It's fantastic and one I would highly recommend.  I've used several of the recipes and have been thrilled with the results.  D-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s-n-e-s-s!

Another thing that I like about it is the amount of information and history that Ms. Baʂan has included.  For instance due to the fact that Turkey serves as a land bridge between Europe and Asia its cuisine features the best elements of many distinct cultures.  I was so fascinated by the fact that Turkish cuisine also assimilated elements of Chinese cooking!  Specifically the idea of Yin & Yang - the balance between sweet and savory, hot and cold.  That is one of the reasons that you'll find spices usually reserved for sweet dishes (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.) in the West paired with savory flavors.  That specific aspect of Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine is what first drew me to it and I've enjoyed learning more about it.

If you're interested in purchasing this cookbook, just click here to be taken to an page that I set up with a few more of my personal favorite selections.


ashlielizabeth said...

Looks like a great book! I'll have to check it out!

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