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Ozcan Ozan
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Book Description

May 1 2001
"Not to be missed…a gem. This is real Old World cooking…devotees of Mediterranean cuisine would be remiss not to add this book to their collection."—Boston Globe

Ranging from favorites such as chickpea pilaf to richly stewed lamb on a bed of eggplant, today's Turkish cuisine is fresh, distinctive, and flavorful—the result of over five centuries of culinary tradition.

Whether you want to warm up with a tangy Peasant Soup (a hearty chicken soup), or top off a meal with a mouthwatering Pistachio Seomina Cake, The Sultan's Kitchen will show you how to produce the exotic tastes and aromas of Turkish food in your own kitchen. It offers over 125 healthy, delicious recipes that are both easy to prepare and based on readily available ingredients.

The Sultan's Kitchen also shows you how to prepare a complete Turkish dinner, and features stunning images by photographer Carl Tremblay. This cookbook is sure to inspire you to create meals fit for a Sultan!

"A wonderfully varied selection…Ozcan's versions of the famous dishes ezogelin corbasi (a red lentil soup) and 'shepherd's salad' are the most richly and complexly flavored I've eaten."—Gourmet

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"Ozcan claims Turkish cuisine is one of the greatest in the world…[his recipes] manage to be fairly persuasive."—New York Times

"Ozcan Ozan's Sultan's Kitchen deliciously captures the flavors of Turkish cooking traditions…Professionals and home cooks alike will find lots of savory ideas within the pages of this book to expand their repertoire of prized Mediterranean recipes."—Greg Drescher, Director of Education, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

About the Author

Chef Ozcan Ozan grew up in Izmir, Turkey, and has been cooking for nearly thirty years. Before coming to Boston he cooked professionally in Europe and Turkey, learning his craft in the traditional European fashion of working at each kitchen position until he became executive chef. He attended the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. He is a member of the James Beard Association and cooked for the 1995 James Beard Awards dinner. His restaurant, Sultan's Kitchen, has been profiled in the Boston Phoenix as well as the Boston Globe, and was selected as the Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in Boston for 1997 by Boston Magazine. Zagat Restaurant Survey has ranked Sultan's Kitchen as Boston's Best Middle Eastern Restaurant for four years. Ozcan has appeared on TV and radio programs here and abroad. He lives north of Boston with his wife and two sons.

Photographer Carl Tremblay is well known for his knack of bringing out the beauty in food and food-related objects. He created the photographs for The Olives Table (1997), and his work regularly appears in Boston Magazine as well as Cook's Illustrated, Inc. Magazine, and Yankee magazine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Eat like the Sultans! Aug. 19 2000
Most Turkish cookbooks written in English are very hard to understand since translating anything from Turkish to English can be quite a task. Most of the recipes in this book are very easy to understand and follow through. There are some recipes here that may be difficult to make (Su Boregi, Manti to name a couple) but thats because they are hard to make regardless of what language you try explain the recipe! The ingredients shouldn't be too hard to find and the taste you achieve by following these recipes is 100% authentic. You dont have to be in Istanbul to eat like the sultans anymore! Excellent for those homesick!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Turkish food in your own kitchen Dec 17 2003
By A Customer
I love Turkish food, and with this book I have been able to replicate some of my favorite restaurant dishes, as well as make new discoveries. The meze (Turkish appetizer) recipes are uniformly terrific-- the spicy pureed feta and spicy tomato recipes alone justify the price of the book. They have become standards in our house and are requested by guests time and time again. For the most part, the dishes are easy to make, although a few are labor intensive. Instructions are clear. The pictures make one's mouth water. The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is that I most enjoy cookbooks that both have good recipes and are fun to read. There is not much to read in this book other than the recipes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some heavily interpreted dishes Feb. 10 2002
By epultar
I'm Turkish and own several cookbooks on Turkish cuisine written in Turkish. Yet I find myself referring to this book quite often. It covers most of the standards and has interesting local dishes. I'd definitely recommend it to foreigners who want to be cooking "the real thing". However, there are some dishes which to me seem either made up, relatively unknown or heavily interpreted by Mr. Ozan. For example, the wedding soup does not have so many vegetables in it; in fact it has none.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Turkish cookbook yet March 18 2001
I have lived in Turkey and enjoyed the food perhaps too much. Also my hobby is collecting Turkish cookbooks and cooking Turkish food. This book is at the top of my list. Every recipe I've tried has been perfection. Not due to my cooking skills but because of the quality of the recipe. Don't hesitate to buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tastes GOODS, Looks GOOD, and is EASY! Aug. 5 2000
This is the BEST cookbook! I am NOT an experienced cook, but I was even able to make the BREAD (from scratch!) for the meat filled pastry (Katmer with Kiymali filling)! I had no trouble understanding the instructions or finding the ingredients (they were ALL available at my local grocery!)! Another great thing about it is the photographs! There are a LOT! (If it looks good, then you want to cook it, right?) I have cooked my way through half the recipes and loved them all! This book made me a much more confident cook! Oh, I almost forgot to say, everything tastes GREAT! I don't even have to go to a Turkish restaurant anymore!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mediterranean Diet Haven! Oct. 8 2002
By A Customer
I have this cookbook, and cook from it at least once a week. The recipes are well thought out and always tasty. Recently, I adopted a mediterranean diet, and found that I could eat foods I really liked, and still be healthy. However, lunch was always a problem. I'm lucky enough to work around the corner from the restaurant, Sultan's Kitchen, where Ozcan cooks. This is where the recipes come from. They are healthy, they are tasty and they are very well tested. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to adopt a healthy diet or looking for turkish recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sultan's Kitchen June 28 2000
I used to live in Boston and regularly dine at the Sultan's Kitchen. It is the only Turkish restaurant I've visited in the US that immediately transport's me to my Hala's kitchen in Istanbul. I'm thrilled to have this book available to me. It is one way for me to stay connected to family so far away. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Turkish food is delicious and The Sultan's Kitchen makes the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Turkish cook-book we've ever used Oct. 30 1999
By A Customer
We're Turks living in the States. We have been using his recipes for over a year now. We don't feel homesick!!!!! We recommend this book whole heartedly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i very love it!!!! nice book!
Published 28 days ago by Daniel Fleseriu
3.0 out of 5 stars Healthy
This book has many recipes that I would make -lots of vegetables. It just does not look too appealing. Perhaps it is the photography.
Published 2 months ago by Sandra Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars its really deserve your valuable money..
I gifted to my one of my friends. She is first impressing is Awesome book and quality papers. I recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Fahrettin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook
Has lots of great recipes that are easy to follow. I gave two away as gifts as well. Worth the shelf space.
Published 12 months ago by Fatima
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Turkish cookbook so far
I am Turkish and have been away from Turkey for 30 years. I have many other Turkish cook books both in english and Turkish, BUT this book has been my salvation every time we treat... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2011 by semsema
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Turkish Recipes
The recipes in this book are easy to follow. The author also provides alternatives for some of "hard-to-find" ingredients. The result is always tasty. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2008 by Jenner Budakoglu
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cookbook I ever bought!
I love this book!My Husband loves this book, as I get to cook for him all of his favourites! and some he had never even known/tried that are now our families new favourites! Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2008 by Momto3
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Turkish Food!
I really liked this book with easy to follow recipes...Everything I tried so far (keskul, kisir, begendili tavuk) came out as it would if my mom have made them (oh well close... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2002 by Nihal Tugcu
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