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.
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 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 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
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 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.
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.
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,