Monday, September 7, 2015

Essential Turkish Cuisine by Engin Akine (Cookbook Review)

*Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book-

Engin Akin shares her culinary mastery and describes the evolution of Turkey's diverse culture of food in Essential Turkish Cuisine. Complete with 200 recipes found across the country, including traditional dolmas, kebabs, halva, and more, this definitive book offers rare insight into the myriad influences on modern Turkish cooking.

Featuring a wide range of large and small plates—from Stuffed Peppers and Eggplant to Lamb with Quince, Fresh Sour Cherry Hosaf to Crepes with Tahini and Pekmez—Akin includes expert instruction for each dish. Through these recipes and the gorgeous photographs of Turkey—its bustling markets, its food, and its traditions—Akin shares the country's rich heritage and brings the spirit of Turkey into your kitchen.

My thoughts- 

Essential Turkish Cuisine is an extremely well thought out cookbook. It very thoroughly explains the background of Turkish food and it's Persian roots. It also offers wonderful descriptions and explanations of ingredients you will want to stock your kitchen with if you plan to make Turkish food. I have always thought there was pretty much one way to make dolmas but this book offers several takes on the stuffed grape leaves alone. My previous exposure to Turkish food was limited to kofta kabob, dolmas, and baklava. Essential Turkish Cuisine includes so many recipes it would probably take me a year to try them all out, even if I attempted one every few days. If you are a foodie, love Middle Eastern food or just want to be adventurous, Essential Turkish Cuisine is a beautiful cookbook that you won't want to put down.

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