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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811866033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866033
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Greg and Lucy Malouf live in Melbourne, Australia. The Maloufs have co-authored Saha, Arabesque, and Moorish.

Lisa Cohen and William Meppem are photographers specializing in food.

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Customer Reviews

Turquoise is a cross between a coffee table book and a cookbook.
Scienter
My daughter gave this to me as a Christmas present, now I have 4 Turkish cookbooks, and this one is one of the best.
david sorenson
It does a wonderful job of explaining the culture and food to people who just enjoy eating and traveling.
A. Ford

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jackal on August 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful coffee table cookbook introducing Turkish food. However, it is written by a total outsider so there isn't much depth in the book. So it is nowhere close to a book like Locatelli's "Made in Italy". Still there aren't that many books about Turkish cuisine and this book surely makes you hungry. Maybe a bit too generous but I give it four stars.

UPDATE: I think I was slightly too hard in my initial review. The books superficially looks like a coffee table book, but I would say it really is a cookbook. There are some travel notes and they are actually quite interesting. (Bear in mind that I don't know anything about Turkey.) The book contains both simple, everyday recipes as well as more complicated. My rating of four stars is still valid. It is not a five star book because it is not really the authoritative guide written by an insider. Still I want to say that I do like this book (maybe 4.5 stars)

I've just been to Turkey and I haven't found many good books in English about Turkish food. They might exist, but in that case they're a bit old and not to be found in book stores.
- My favorite Turkish cookbook is Basan's Classic Turkish Cooking
- Two very interesting books (translated into English) written by Sahrap Soysal, who is a tv-chef personality, I found in Turkey. Not available on amazon
- Basan's The Turkish Kitchen and Turkish Meze: The Little Dishes of the Eastern Mediterranean are not bad.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. I. Berg on January 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The hefty price tag made that it has been on my wish list for a while.
But the book is worth every penny!
It has wonderful travel stories and the most beautiful pictures that take me right back to our holiday in Turkey.
And the recipes are absolutely delicious! There are a few original recipes, but mostly it's Greg Malouf's own recipes which are a modern take on the Turkish kitchen, but put together with the highest respect for it's origins.
The book itself is printed on beautiful paper and has a heavy duty binding.
This book is so good that you might want two.....one for the coffee table and one to get stained in the kitchen.
A delicious book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cooking in France on January 31, 2010
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I am avid cookbook collector and user, but am rarely moved to write reviews. I have also had the pleasure of visiting Istanbul and experiencing first hand the wonderful cuisine. Turquoise far surpassed my expectations. It is hard to know what pleases me more - the excellent collection of recipes presented with clear, easy to follow instructions or the amazing photographs and descriptions that place the recipes in their colorful contexts. It is definitely one of the gems of my collection, one which I would recommend highly both to someone looking for a gift or to treat themselves.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Carol M. Porter on September 28, 2009
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I am a collector of cookbooks and let me tell you, get this one. Some very different recipes with well written, clear directions. I could live on the yoghurt with chicken soup and the olive salad with pistachios, walnuts and pomegranate seeds is fabulous. I am cooking my way through it....Terrific book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erica Bell on June 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
You spend the morning in the souk, window-shopping for gold bracelets and rugs. You pass by fruit and spice stalls. You can feel the scents of cardamom and rosewater begin to soak into your cotton shirt. You stop at a café and order a small, strong, sweet coffee and listen to the storyteller on the dias entertaining the crowd. You order a small, exquisite milk pudding, sprinkled with almonds and pomagranite seeds like little gems....

Greg and Lucy Malouf are your traveling partners as you peruse the vibrant, healthy cuisines of Turkey. You couldn't ask for better guides. The Maloufs travel all over Turkey and introduce you to regions and cooking styles you've NEVER heard about. If you thought (as I did) that Turkish cooking was greasy lamb, gooey Turkish Delight and bitter coffee, you couldn't be more wrong.

Aside from the recipes, this book is positively riddled with drop-dead photos--of people, regions, food, markets. And always the sea, as Turkey's almost surrounded by water. One photo in particular looks almost like an Orientalist painting: a young Istanbul man in a white kaftan and fez powdered in flour, holds the delicate sheets of phyllo he's rolled. It's as if he stepped out of the kitchens of the Seraglio a hundred years ago.

What's more, along with recipes for kofte and puddings, cookies, delicate chicken, beef and lamb recipes, The Maloufs have narrated a fascinating journey through the Homeland--vendors, chefs and housewives are pumped for advice and directions to the ferry. It reads like a novel. Enchanting.

The book's huge and heavy enough to hold a bank vault door open. But you'll never use it as a doorstop--it's so colorful, helpful and entertaining that it could happily sit on your coffee table, thrilling guests forever.

PS: I've tried the Kofte recipes. Delicious!
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