Turkish cuisine is as richly diverse as the country itself, which brings together the influences of Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean. Istanbul shares with its residents and visitors alike a great love affair with food. Almost every dish has its own neighbourhood, and a best address at which to enjoy it, which makes for a long list of places to stop for lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, or a snack. Pomme Larmoyer’s Istanbul Cult Recipes is a compilation of tasty recipes from Istanbul cuisine and recommendations of where to go and eat when you visit. Split into chapters entitled At the Kahvalt Salonu (breakfast); The Meyhanetable (meze and fish); Lokanta, köfteci and kebabci (soups, meats and rice); At home (family recipes); Street Food; and Turkish Delights (sweet things), there are plenty of incredibly delicious dishes to give you a taste of Istanbul. Lunch on a meze of Chickpea pockets, Mussel pilaki and Samphire salad with almonds; dine on Sauteed lamb with smoky eggplant or Spicy mutton kebabs; enjoy Istanbul street food like Pide and Islak burger; and indulge your Turkish sweet tooth with Baklava, Vanilla milk pudding and Pistachio kadayif. Each chapter also features a region of Istanbul so you know exactly where to eat when you’re wandering the streets. In Karaköy visit Namli Gurme for an endless breakfast on Sunday afternoon; in Fatih head towards the Egyptian Bazaar and get lost amidst the saffron, pepper and paprika; pop into Aytekin Erol in and revel in the different flavours and colours of Turkish delight; and in the district of Ortaköy don’t miss the opportunity to visit the street dedicated to kumpir, potatoes stuffed with everything you could want. Are you hungry? Welcome to Istanbul.
Author Pomme Larmoyer is a food writer, editor and traveller. She believes you can learn everything you need to know about a country from its kitchens and enjoys talking with other people from other cultures about their style of food.