As you are aware, Southeast Turkey and Syria has been very severely effected by the recent earthquake on February 6th – over 40,000 lives have been lost and still counting, an unimaginable pain. It hit home too, as my hometown Antakya – Hatay is hugely destroyed, so very heartbreaking. My immediate family in Istanbul is thankfully fine but we unfortunately lost some extended family and friends in Antakya, my heart aches and sincere condolences goes to all.
We are doing whatever we can to help the region to save and build lives. Thank you so much for your overwhelming response to our fundraiser, where, 100% of sales of the Signed copies of my cookery book Ozlem’s Turkish Table bought via GB Publishing have been donated to the UK-based charity Turkey Mozaik Foundation, (Charities Commission Registration number: 1174968) the charity which transfers Earthquake emergency relief funds directly to Turkey. My sincere thanks to GB Publishing to enable me to do this fundraising. In a short period of time, we raised 8,946 GBP for the charity; thank you very much for your overwhelming response and support, cok tesekkur ederiz.
My cookery book has been a love letter to southern Turkish cuisine especially and to my roots, and I hope to keep this heritage alive and give hope. Thank you very much for all your support and my sincere condolences for everyone’s loss.