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Yashim Cooks Istanbul

Yashim Cooks Istanbul

By Jason Goodwin

Published 2016

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“At the baths he wanted heat, and more heat. When his head seemed banded with flaming hoops he let the masseur pummel him like dough and then plunged himself into the icy water of the frigidarium.

Later on his way home he fell upon the vegetable market in a sort of frenzy: his old friend George, the Greek vendor who arranged his wares like weapons in an armoury, or jewels on a tray, actually stepped out from behind his stall to lay a heavy hand on Yashim’s arm.

‘Slow. Slow,’ he said in his bass profundo. ‘You puts in this basket like a Greek robbers, this, that, everything. Say to George, what you wants to cook.’