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Issue 62, 2021

Travellers’ Tales

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This issue we walk through deepest rural Anatolia in 1981 with donkeys setting the pace, become a fly on the wall in Topkapı Palace c1781, dscover a quintessential Ottoman mansion in Bulgaria – and end the issue with a bowl of refreshing Field Marshal Moltke’s Wuschaff – a Turkish compote! To celebrate the launch of the latest Cornucopia book, we also track down exquisite flowers in the Celestial Mountains and meet the amazing wild camel in the Gobi Desert.

We also pay tribute to departed friends, including Minnie Garwood, inventor of the infamous Hill Cocktail, and David Barchard, a Cornucopia writer from the very first, whom we tragically lost on Christmas Day.


Inside the issue

Cover Story

  1. Adventures of the Three Donketeers [available online]

Central Asia

  1. The Fabric of Life: Ergun Çağatay’s Epic Journey, by Caroline Eden. Photographs by Ergun Cağatay [extract available online]
  2. In the Realm of the Ice Queen, by Chris Gardner. [extract available online]
  3. The Lost Camels of Tartary, Reviewed by

    John Hare

    [extract available online]
  4. Motifs and Motives: Venetia Porter on the the Sadberk Hanım Museum anniversary show

Art and Architecture

  1. Living the Ottoman Dream, by Berrin Torolsan. Photographs by Tim Beddow [available online]
  2. Behind palace doors, by Philip Mansel. [extract available online]


  1. Life after life: Remembering Suna Kıraç, with an affectionate tribute by Özalp Birol
  2. The Art of Letter Writing: Şeyh Hamdullah turns 500+, by Tim Stanley [available online]
  3. ... And a magnificent Süleyman [extract available online]
  4. Plus sale room and exhibition round-up, including Alev Ebüzziya's perfected pots, and Melih Fereli's sounds of silence at Arter, Sadberk Hanım's growing legacy at Meşher, Qajar art in Atlanta and at Christie's and a gorgeous aquamarine Knight at Sotheby's


  1. Gentile Bellini’s Portrait of Sultan Mehmed II, Reviewed by Rosamond E Mack. [available online]


  1. Sweet endings, by Berrin Torolsan. Photographs by Berrin Torolsan [extract available online]

From Our Correspondents

  1. Virtuoso reallity
  2. Mega bites Restaurants, by Andrew Finkel. [extract available online]
  3. Beauty and the bees, by Christopher Trillo. [extract available online]


  1. David Barchard, by Roger Norman and Patricia Daunt.
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