Anatolia: adventures in Turkish Cooking

Event: Anatolia – adventures in Turkish cooking with Somer Sivrioglu 10 April

Recently published, Anatolia: adventures in Turkish cooking is a big, richly illustrated cookbook that combines traditional and contemporary Turkish recipes with an exploration of xploration of the regional cooking culture of Turkey.

Turkish-born (and Sydney-based) chef Somer Sivrioglu and co-author David Dale have written a beautiful book that explores the traditions of Turkish cooking with recipes (classic and contemporary) sourced from the grand banquets of the Ottoman empire to the spicy snacks of Istanbul’s street stalls.

Along the way, Somer and Dale reveal the surrounding rituals, myths, jokes and folk wisdom of both the old and new Turkey.

More than 150 dishes are featured, and beautifully photographed.  Part cookbook and part armchair culinary travel book, Anatolia: adventures in Turkish cooking also explores local Turkish chefs and producers and their specialities providing an expert’s insight into contemporary Turkish food culture.

Somer Sivrioglu grew up in Instanbul and moved to Sydney when he was twenty-five. He now runs the extremely popular Efendy restaurant in Balmain, where he draws on a multitude of cultural influences to recreate the food traditions of his homeland.

Somer Sivrioglu’s co-author, David Dale, is an Australian political journalist, commentator on popular culture, and food and travel writer. In his earlier books, David analysed how Italian cooking charmed the world. He’s now convinced that ‘Turkish is going to be the next international phenomenon and Somer the next Ottolenghi’.

We’re lucky that in the week after Easter Somer is spending a few days in Melbourne and has time to join us.

We’ll be serving up a number of fabulous tastes from Anatolia: adventures in Turkish cooking whilst we have a chat to Somer about the food of his homeland, recent food culture in Turkey and the writing of his gorgeous new book.

Please join us for an intimate, fun & tasty evening!

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