Euphoria on the Euphrates: we head off on a journey to Anatolia’s Arabian frontier. Great escapes: we investigate the untold story of Pope John XXIII’s wartime work in Turkey. A madder quest – one man’s passion for Turkey red; the gallant Fred Burnaby, Gallipoli’s wines and surefire soups
Home to the world’s oldest settlements, land of biblical prophets – the Tigris and Euphrates basin is a fabled but forgotten frontier. In a 30-page celebration, Manuel Çitac captures its splendour in photographs, while Min Hogg keeps a wry diary on her sortie to this hard-baked corner of Anatolia.
In the first of a series on the great wines of Turkey and its ancient dominions, Kevin Gould visits Gallipoli. A land of heroes from Homeric times to the First World War, the peninsula has also for 3,000 years prided itself on its wines.
Osman Streater recounts a remarkable piece of unrecorded history: the wartime friendship between the future Pope John XXIII and his great-uncle Numan Menemencioğlu, Turkey’s Foreign Minister from 1942 to 1944. The most important area of their joint work is one that is not mentioned in histories official or unofficial: they saved about 100,000 Jews from the Nazis
Order Carla Grissmann’s Dinner of Herbs and read her interview with Maureen Freely in Cornucopia 24 along with Min Hogg’s adventures in eastern Anatolia. In Cornucopia 30 we pay tribute to the ethnographer Josephine Powell and present the photgrapher Cafer Türkmen’s 1950s journey beyond the Euphrates in pursuit of the bald ibis.
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