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Ozcan Ozan
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Turkish cookbook so far Nov. 20 2011
By semsema
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 our friends and family to Turkish food. The reasons I can think of are; simplicity/accuracy of recipes and the availability of ingredients in Canada. Since it is inexpensive, over the years I bought several (12+) copies of this book and gave as christmas/birthday gifts to our kids, family and close friends. Feedback from the people we have given the book as gifts has also been excellent.

The book covers both popular/well known dishes and some not so well known ones as well. For example I have never knew about Collard green salad, now it is one of our favourites. Lamb shanks with swiss chard is to die for. I do not remember how many times I cooked it for our guests and received compliments. Spinach and Feta cheese Borek became our kids favourite to serve their friends. These are just a few examples of many delicious recipes from the book.

My husband and I are looking forward to visit Mr. Ozan's restaurant "Sultan's Kitchen" in Boston one day. My own copy is the first edition, in hardcover, has a repaired binding and grease stains from overuse, do I need to say more :-) ?
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