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Returned It! Disappointment!
on October 23, 2013
After reviewing the good reviews here, we got this as a gift for our friend who loves Turkish food and wants to learn more.
However, it turned out to be a huge disappointment. The only good thing about this book is its cover and that's it.
I find the all pictures and photos in the book really offensive and misleading. If I hadn't lived there for 22 years, then I would believe that it is a third world country or maybe worse. This orientalist approach from 19th century needs to change, when we are talking about a country which is a EU member candidate.
Secondly, the recipes are overrated in the previous comments. You can find similar recipes if you just Google it, nothing fancy or beneficial about this book besides its cover.
Because of that, we returned this book immediately and got the book by Ilkin and Kaufman ("The Turkish Cookbook: Regional Recipes and Stories"), which I loved to give as a gift.