Classic Turkish Cookery

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Classic Turkish Cooking

By Ghillie Basan

Published 1995

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To the memory of Nazli Bayn (1911-91)

Nazli Başan grew up in the Kibnsli Yahsi, which had been bought in 1840 by her great-grandfather, Kibnsli Mehmed Emin Pasa, first appointed Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire in 1854. Contrary to the custom of the time, the men and women of the Kibnsli Yalisi ate together, dining on both the traditional Anatolian fare and the sophisticated dishes of the Palace cuisine. Nazli Başan thus became intimately acquainted with the wealth of tastes to be found in Turkish cooking, the secrets of which she revealed to me.