Former investigative journalist, food anthropologist, prolific cookbook author and self-confessed ‘hospitable hermit’ Ghillie Basan has lived and travelled extensively in Turkey. Her deep knowledge of the country’s culture, history and cuisine is apparent in the words – and the varied, cookable recipes – of this critically acclaimed book.
Classic Turkish cooking ranks among the greatest cuisines of the world. It has a long and colourful history from its nomadic Central Asian roots to the refined recipes of the Ottoman empire which influenced culinary traditions throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean. In this classic and much-loved work - shortlisted for the Glenfiddich Cookery Award and now published in paperback for the first time - Ghillie Basan presents a unique collection of delicious traditional dishes from the Anatolian heartlands and sophisticated and classical recipes from the palace kitchens of the Ottoman sultans. With its long and rich history, Turkish cuisine has profoundly influenced culinary traditions across the Middle East and the countries of the Mediterranean.'
'On a recent visit to a bookshop ... I came across a real treasure, Classic Turkish Cooking by Ghillie Basan, published by I.B.Tauris. This book offers a fantastic introduction to one of the world's most accomplished cuisines and is packed full of recipes which you just know you must try.' – Yotam Ottolenghi
Author and historian
The go-to book for clear and comprehensive Turkish recipes.
Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Oleana
For the basics.
Food writer and educator
Foraging and wild food expert