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Sincere thanks to everyone who helped with Ozlem’s Turkish Table book

Merhaba All,

My sincere thanks to you all for your wonderful and kind comments for my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table;  a special project to my heart and it’s been in the making for over 10 years. I am over the moon to hear that you have been enjoying the book.

This is a special note as I very much would love to acknowledge many kind, talented individuals who most kindly contributed to Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, in addition to my publisher GB Publishing and the production team.

Ghillie Basan wrote a very special Foreword; she has always been a role model with her amazing work, books and as an individual and it meant a lot to me. Ghillie has been so very kind and supportive; I greatly look forward to seeing her in August in Scotland for some very exciting events coming up.

One of Sian’s still life shots for Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book

A part from the stunning food photography and still life photos shot by Sian Irvine, many dear friends, passionate photographers most kindly shared their wonderful location photography and other shots at Ozlem’s Turkish Table. I am very grateful to each and everyone for their kindness and sharing of their special shots. With this opportunity, I wanted to acknowledge and give my thanks to them. If you have a copy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, you can see their wonderful work at these pages specified. I have included some samples of their wonderful shots here too. Please kindly remember that the pictures mentioned here are the copyright of each individual mentioned below.

Claudia Turgut:

Claudia Turgut’s Turkish tea glasses, cay, photo at Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book

Claudia is a dear friend, passionate foodie and a very talented photographer. We’ve known each other since I started my blog Ozlem’s Turkish Table about 10 years ago. She is the original owner of the wonderful blog Seasonal Cook in Turkey; we share a passion for Turkish cuisine and I am very grateful to share this culinary journey with her over the years and became friends. Claudia’s more recent interest is photography and she takes stunning photos. Claudia most kindly let us use a large variety of her location photography, including some wonderful double page spreads at my book Ozlem’s Turkish Table, which I am deeply grateful. She meticulously searched photos from her library for the different sections of the book; from beautiful food and market spreads to gorgeous shots of Istanbul and Bosphorus, her shots are very much treasured and my very sincere thanks goes to her. Here is her wonderful Turkish tea glass and the fisherman in Istanbul shots, so beautiful. Below is a list of Claudia’s shots in my book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table; they showcase an amazing variety of location photography, so very kind and generous of her and I am sure you’ll all agree:

Claudia’s fisherman shot at Ozlem’s Turkish Table

Claudia Turgut’s photos at Ozlem’s Turkish Table: Pages 13 – top and bottom shots -, page 15- top left, 19, 20 – bottom -22,58, 66, 78,79, 92-93, 100, 108-109,114-115,142,144-145,155,160-161,168-169, 170, 196-197, 202-203, 207, 214-215, 229, 232-233, 240-241,246-247, 253, 261 – top left- ,268-269, 288-289, 302

Katherine Baker:

One of Katherine Baker’s shots at the Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book

Another dear friend and passionate photographer, Katherine, also most kindly researched and shared her beautiful shots in Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book. We did a wonderful cookery class with Katherine and friends in Zekeriyakoy, Istanbul a while back and Katherine most kindly took stunning shots during the class and with the permission of everyone in the class (very kindly obtained by Katherine), she let us use them in the book, I am very grateful. Katherine also have her photos at the opening chapters of Bulgur, Rice and Legumes (at  page 206) and of the Fish and Seafood Chapter at page 234 as well as the book’s closing photo of the Bosphorus with Maiden Tower and Turkish flag shot, which I love – . They are all very special contributions and my very sincere thanks to her.

Katherine Baker’s photos at Ozlem’s Turkish Table: Pages 8 (bottom right square), 9, 20 – top – , 206, 234, 304

Nancy Laing:  Dear Nancy was a part of one of my Culinary and Cultural Tours to Turkey and we had the opportunity to enjoy my home town, Antakya together. She very kindly took the very special shot of my grandmother’s house in Antakya, at page 2-3, as well as the wonderful shots at  page 14 -bottom right-, page 15 – bottom left-, 24 – left-, 261 – right column- belong to Nancy.  A dear friend and a passionate photogragher, I am deeply grateful to her kindness.

My mother Gulcin, sister, cousins and family, from Ozlem’s Turkish Table

My dear cousin Suphi Ural and my lovely sister Oznur Soyen very kindly researched our black and white family photos and provided the special family photos of my grandmother, aunts, my grandfather and family photos at Page 14. This book is special with the personal stories and family heritage and these family photos have been so dear to my heart, my very sincere thanks to them, cok tesekkurlerimle.

Ismail Dasgeldi is a wonderful photographer (and we met on Instagram!). We exchanged correspondence and he most kindly let us use the dried aubergines and peppers shot on Page 23; they are such special ingredients in southern Turkish cuisine and I have been very grateful.

Another dear friend and a very talented photographer, Nadia Swindell Photography  took a professional photo of mine a while back; it is at page 10 of my book and I used countless of times so far; huge gratitude to dear Nadia.

Lovely Joy’s shot of me making Turkish coffee at our cookery class

Dear friend and fellow blogger Joy Ludwig-Mcnutt, a very talented chef and passionate photographer, owner of the lovely blog My Traveling Joys, attended one of my cookery classes in Surrey – England and most kindly took a photo of me making Turkish coffee, at my book on page Page 8 – top left –, my very sincere thanks to her.

Dear fellow blogger Julia Power from Turkey’s for Life very kindly gave the lovely shot of  dried aubergines and peppers and the fishermen on Galata Bridge, Istanbul shot, on pages 26 and 252. Dear Lyn Ward from Fethiye Times  gave the lovely boats on the Turquoise coast shot on page 236, my very sincere thanks to them. I will be in Fethiye for Ozlem’s Turkish Table book signing and events on May 3rd, really can’t wait to meet everyone.

Dear friends and Turkish coffee and Turkish delight makers Ozerlat UK most kindly gave lovely Turkish coffee and Turkish delights shots on page 293, 296, 303; Turkish coffee is a special drink to my heart and I have been very grateful to their support.

Moreover, my very dear friend Gillian Burns, spent months and months with us editing each and every chapter, devoting such a lot of time, love and care across the pond. I simply can not thank her enough. Many dear friends gave their pots, plates, cutlery, props for our photo shoots; many friends, individuals, worked with us as  food stylists, prepared the food with us for the photo shoots over 2 weeks period in last July;  so many folks gave a lot of support in so many levels and I tried to thank everyone as best I can at the  Acknowledgements, and I wished I can even be able to thank more – words are not enough and I sincerely thank each one of you for all your kindness and support on this special journey.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table Cookery Book

Exciting days ahead as there’s plenty more to come with Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book; lots of events, talks, supper clubs and cookery classes in the UK and I will be in Turkey as of 30th April; I am greatly looking forward to them all and hope to see you in one of the events. If you can’t make to the events, you can also order a copy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table online at this link, I am told that it has been making a lovely gift. My special thanks also goes to Pinar,  for their kind support for my book and Turkish cuisine.

My sincere thanks for your company and your support; with my best wishes and Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Ozlem’s Turkish Table upcoming events, Signed copies until 16th April!

Merhaba dear All;

 

Signing Ozlem’s Turkish Table copies at Aromas Cafe

It’s been a very busy and special few weeks; my cookery book Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland arrived last month and I have been very busy signing over 600 copies – and counting – I have been incredibly touched by your kindness and very warm messages upon receiving your copies, my sincere thanks to you all. This special book has been my dream in the making over 10 years and it is so special to have the hard copy being delivered to you all. Deadline to pre-order a signed copy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table with 10 % discount  is 16th April (please enter promo code Pre-Order Special or Subscriber Voucher at the check out to get the 10 % discount). If you’d like to have a signed copy, please kindly order at this link, my sincere  thanks to you all. Pre-ordered copies are all on the way; most of them already reached and some more on the way, I do hope you all enjoy your copies.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery class at Divertimenti Cookery School

So far, we hosted a wonderful Turkish food event at the Riverhouse Barn Art Center in Walton – Surrey, a very special book signing at the lovely Aromas Artisan Cafe and a delicious Vegetarian Feast Turkish cookery class at the Divertimenti Cookery School in London, with recipes from my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table. I have more cookery classes coming up at Divertimenti, on June 23rd a hands on Turkish Meze class and on July 22nd, I will be teaching a  Parent & Teen – Eastern Mediterrannean Baking class at Divertimenti. Please see my Cookery Classes page for the details and I hope to see you there. My sincere thanks goes to Pinar, for their support to spread the word on Turkish cuisine and my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table.

Milk Street Radio – Boston, USA podcast

Milk Street Radio Station podcast interview

We had a delightful hour long recorded podcast interview with Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio in Boston, USA. I talked about my homeland, my roots Antakya, the southern Turkish cuisine, my book Ozlem’s Turkish Table and many more. The podcast will be aired in mid May, I will keep you posted with the link and I hope you enjoy it.

Anglo- Turkish Society Review and Ozlem’s Turkish Table book talk- Royal Anthropological Institute – London, May 17th, 6pm

I was honored to be invited by the Anglo-Turkish Society to give a talk on Turkish cuisine and introduce my cookery book Ozlem’s Turkish Table at the Royal Anthropological Institute on May 17th. Please book your spot at this link, if you’d like to join us.

Anglo-Turkish Society also did a wonderful interview with me and reviewed my book Ozlem’s Turkish Table, you can read at this link if you’d like.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table is coming to Turkey!

Ozlem’s Turkish Table Cookery Book – available to order here

I am so excited to be coming home, Turkey end April to introduce my book to all Turkish food lovers. This is land that inspires and long to come back. I will be meeting Turkish food lovers and signing the copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table between 30th April through 6th May. I am still working on the schedule and will confirm the final details but so far the schedule is as below, please save the dates and I do hope to meet you in one of the venues:

Istanbul:

I will be signing copies of  Ozlem’s Turkish Table on 30th April, May 5th and May 6th in Istanbul. I am still working on the venues and will announce here as soon as possible, please kindly save the dates.  On 3oth April, between 4pm – 8pm, I will be signing at the lovely Zen Seramics Atelier in Galata – Istanbul. Adress: Hoca Ali Sokak No:17 A Galata / Beyoğlu / İSTANBUL. Zen Seramics very kindly let me use some of their lovely plates and bowls at my book so you may have a chance to view their lovely collection too.

I will confirm the other venues as soon as possible, I would be grateful in the mean time you can save these dates – I greatly look forward to meeting you all in person!

May 2nd; Izmir – Yasar University, Bornova – Izmir

I will be giving at talk on Turkish cuisine to the Yasar University, Gastronomy Club on May 2nd in Bornova – Izmir and I will be signing copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book there as of 2pm; the book signing is open to public, please do come and join us. My sincere thanks to Yasar University, Gastronomy Department and Pinar for their support.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table talk at Yasar University, Gastronomy Dept, Izmir – 2nd May

May 3rd – Ozlem’s Turkish Table coming to Fethiye!

I am really excited to be coming to Fethiye with my book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table on 3rd  May – it’s a well overdue visit and I am so looking forward to it. My sincere thanks to Fethiye Times to help me organise this trip, I am greatly looking forward to it. I will be signing Ozlem’s Turkish Table over a delicious Turkish breakfast from 10am-11.30 at the lovely Yakamoz Hotel. Please kindly get in touch with Yakamoz Hotel to book your spot.

On the evening of 3rd May, I will be co-hosting a southern Turkish themed dinner at the lovely Mozaik Bahce in Fethiye. The owner of Mozaik Bahce is from Antakya and they are passionate about their local cuisine, I am so looking forward to recreating specialties from Antakya, from my cookery book Ozlem’s Turkish Table at Mozaik Bahce. There will be a ticketed set menu and places will be limited, so please kindly get in touch with Mozaik Bahce to book your spot for our  May 3rd southern Turkish dinner. I will also be signing my book Ozlem’s Turkish Table there. Do hope you can join us!

 

Upcoming Ozlem’s Turkish Table events:

Below are some more upcoming events, I do hope I may be able to see you at one of the events:

April 10th; I will be at the London Book Fair, signing my book  Ozlem’s Turkish Table and giving a talk on Turkish cuisine, at the Turkish Tourism Board UK‘s stand.

April 16th; end of signed copies for pre-ordered Ozlem’s Turkish Table; please order at this link, if you’d like to grab your signed copy with 10 % discount! (please enter promo code Pre-Order Special or Subscriber Voucher at the check out, to get the discount)

May 17th, 6pm – Ozlem’s Turkish Table talk and book signing with the Anglo-Turkish Society at the Royal Anthropological Institute

May 23rd, 6.30pm – I am excited to be signing Ozlem’s Turkish table at the  One Tree Bookstore bookstore with a supper club with Madeleine’s Kitchen  with recipes from  Ozlem’s Turkish Table, on May 23rd, 6.30pm (details to be confirmed, please save the date)

May 24th, 7.30pmPowers Weybridge  I am also super excited hosting a southern Turkish style Supper Club at the lovely Power’s Weybridge on May 24th; 7.30pm. Please check out their website and book your spot as the places are limited and the event likely to sell out soon.

June 23rd, 11 am-2.30pm – Turkish Meze feast Hands On cookery class at Divertimenti cookery school Please join us to recreate a delicious Turkish meze feast with signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table, please book your spot at Divertimenti website, more details are at the Cookery Classes page

July 22nd, 12pm-3.30pmParent & Teen – Eastern Mediterrannean Baking class at Divertimenti Cookery School : Please join us as you cook alongside your teen to have a go and make ‘Antakya’s Kaytaz Borek Pastry’, ‘Filo Rolls with Feta and Parsley’, ‘Baklava with Walnuts’ and more. A fun class class for the family to share and enjoy! Booking at Divertimenti cookery school website. more details at Cookery Class page.

So looking forward to seeing my parents, Turkish food lovers and sharing my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from my Homeland

I so look forward to seeing you in one of the events and enjoying Turkish cuisine together. And I must say, I am so looking forward to returning home, and sharing Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book with everyone, especially with my parents. They have been my inspiration, my role models and this special book is their legacy to pass on.

Sevgilerimle, Afiyet Olsun!

Ozlem

 

 

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Ozlem’s Turkish Table Cookery Book on its way! Hope it inspires

Ozlem’s Turkish Table Cookery Book – on its way! Here’s my sample copy 🙂

Merhaba dear All;

I wanted to share my excitement with you, as I just had a delivery of my sample hard back copy of my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland! It has been a hugely special and quite a surreal moment to hold the physical book in my hands; over 10 years in the making, a dream becoming true. And it really looks beautiful – as expressed by family and friends nearby, who had a chance to see it. Absolutely stunning colours and photography, warmth and sincerity with my family photos, personal stories, delicious, wholesome recipes and more. I am very proud of it and can not wait to share with you all!

Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery books packed ready to go!

Also, delighted to inform you that as I write this blogpost, the books are being packed at the printers in Hong Kong to be delivered!! We expect the Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery books to arrive by end February and as soon they make it to me by early March, I will be signing each and every pre-ordered copy and they will be delivered as the first priority, so very exciting 🙂 I can not thank each one of you who very kindly pre-ordered as it helped us hugely to determine the initial print run and helped finance some of our costs, my sincere thanks. Also, my very sincere thanks to Pinar for their support for my book and their help to spread the word on Turkish cuisine abroad.

My sincere thanks to Pinar for their support to Ozlem’s Turkish Table and Turkish cuisine

Contents Page, Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book

You can still pre-order your copy of my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, at this link, with 10 % pre-order discount (please enter promo code Pre-Order Special at the check out for the discount). I will gladly sign each pre-order copy and they will be mailed in March, ahead of the release date in end April. Not long know!

Turkish Breakfast Chapter – one of my favorite chapters!

As I share a few images from my sample cookery book, I also hope that this special book would inspire folks not only to try delicious, wholesome Turkish cuisine but may encourage to have a go and pursue their dreams.. This book has been my dream over 10 years and finally becoming true. I had that burning desire of not only sharing my homeland’s delicious cuisine but also wanted to leave a legacy behind for the next generations, my children and wanted to make a tribute to my southern Turkish roots and to thank to my parents, who instilled in us the love of good food, importance of sharing and hospitality. I am ever grateful to them. So I truly hope that as you hold this special book to my heart, you will feel the warmth, sincerity, hard work of over 10 years and I sincerely hope that it may inspire you to have a go at whatever in your heart. Life is too short to delay dreams and even if it is a baby step you take each and every day, it will grow and make your dream become a reality before you know it. Nothing to loose and it will provide you special rewards along the way, no doubt – a very special journey.

Back cover of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book

Ozlem’s Turkish Table book events:

We are planning many book events as of mid March and would love to see you in one of these events. March will be devoted for pre-orders and all pre-oders will be given signed copies.

On March 15th, 6.30pm, we will have Ozlem’s Turkish Table book signing and food event at Riverhouse Barn Art Centre. I will serve delicious vegetarian courses from my book and will demo the smoked aubergine salad, Patlicanli Eksileme, from my cookery book. You can also pick up your signed copy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table with 10 % pre-order discount at this event. Please kindly book at this link for this event, it is likely to sell out soon.

On 20th March, I will be teaching A Vegetarian Turkish Feast cookery class at Divertimenti Cookery School in London. I will demonstrate ‘Sebzeli Pide’ (Turkish oval flatbreads with spinach, feta, peppers), ‘Imam Bayildi’ (Stuffed aubergines with tomatoes, onions, garlic in olive oil), ‘Kisir’ (Spicy bulgur wheat salad with pomegranate molasses and pomegranate seeds), ‘Kayisi Tatlisi’ (Baked dried apricots with walnuts) and Turkish Coffee. I will also have signed copies of my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table. Please kindly book at this link, if you like to join us at this special class.

There will be more to come including more book signing and demontrations, appearance at the Edinburgh Book Festival – with huge thanks to dear Ghillie Basan-, cookery workshops in Amman – Jordan, book launch events in Turkey and fingers crossed cookery classes and book tour in the USA – Texas and hopefully more – all in the process of arranging, I will update the events here and do hope to see you in one of the events.

What I have been cooking lately..

We have been making at lot of Lentil soup with vegetables, Mercimek Corbasi, lately. My children, whole family love it; the warming, pungent cumin and squeeze of lemon juice adds a delicious kick. My daughter has been taking the soup in her flusk as her school lunch – so it can be a wholesome lunch alternative for school or work too. Here’s my recipe link for the lentil soup; needless to say it is included at my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table too.

My sincere thanks for your company at my blog, always a pleasure to share my recipes and Turkish food news with you all.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

 

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