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Author Archive | Ozlem Warren

Ozlem’s Turkish Table at Edinburgh Book Fest, Coming to Texas and more

Merhaba all,

Our magical Turkish Supper Club at Power’s Weybridge – next one is on Aug. 17th

It’s been a very exciting few months of teaching Turkish cookery, sharing recipes from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book at our supper clubs and planning new events. I am very excited to share with you some really exciting events coming up, including being a featured author at the world’s biggest book festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival on Aug. 24th, as well as returning to Central Market Cooking Schools in TX between November 7-10th! I am utterly delighted and can’t wait to meet Turkish food lovers in one of these events below, and I hope to see you at one of the events.

Contents Page, Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, signed copies available at this link

Also delighted to report that over 1,000 copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book reached to Turkish food lovers around the world; my sincere thanks to you all for all your support and spreading the word. My special thanks also goes to Pinar Foods UK and GB Publishing for all their valuable support.  I love hearing how folks enjoy recreating recipes from the book, and their creations. Signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book is still available for a limited period at this link, if you’d like to get it for yourself or give a a gift.

Here are so exciting events coming up; I hope you can join us in one of these and we enjoy Turkish cuisine together.

Turkish Meze Class with Ozlem Warren

Hands On Masterclass, Sunday 22nd July, 12:00 – 3:30pm

Divertimenti Cookery School, London

Our Turkish meze class coming up on July 22nd, at Divertimenti, London

Join Ozlem Warren to recreate a scrumptious meze feast from her homeland, with recipes from her newly released cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland. You will be making the much loved ‘Baba Ghanoush’ (Smoked aubergine, pepper and tomatoes with pomegranate molasses), ‘Filo Triangles with Spinach and White cheese, Beyaz Peynir – with thanks to Pinar Food UK-, ‘Muhammara’ (Red pepper paste and walnut dip), ‘Circassian Chicken in Garlic, Walnut and Coriander Sauce, ‘Poached Dried Figs in Light Syrup’ and completing the meal with ‘Rakı’, a Turkish aniseed based drink which is the traditional accompaniment to the meze spread in Turkey.

Booking at Divertimenti Cookery School at this link

Turkish Cookery Course at Amoun College, Amman – Jordan,

July 9th and 10th, 2018

I am delighted to be returning to Amman, Jordan to teach a 2 day Turkish Cookery Course on July 9th and 10th 2018.  We will be covering a feast of classic Turkish recipes during our course. My special thanks to Mrs Suhair Kilani, la Panthera for organising our course, I greatly look forward to sharing delicious Turkish cuisine with food lovers in Amman. For the details of the course and registration, please email Marketing@panhtera-jo.com to reserve your spot, as the participation is limited. I hope you can join us at this rare opportunity to learn classic Turkish recipes.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table at the International Edinburgh Book Festival!

What a true honor to be a part of this world’s biggest book festival, the International Edinburgh Book Festival, with my cookery book Ozlem’s Turkish Table, on Aug. 24th, Friday, 2.30pm – 3.15pm, with the Afternoon Tea with Ozlem Warren event. Even more special is that Ghillie Basan will be conducting the interview, I am a huge fan of her and can’t thank her enough for all her support. Do hope you can join us as we will talk about Antakya, southern Turkish cuisine, recipe tips and more! Booking at this link please, hope to see you there!

A Turkish Summer Feast Supper Club, Power’s Weybridge – Friday, Aug. 17th, 2018

Please join us for a delicious evening of Turkish food and stories from my homeland on Aug 17th, Friday evening, as of 7.30pm at Power’s Weybridge. Pistachio lamb kebabs as well as many vegetarian choices and baklava on offer, as well as my tips on recipes and stories, booking at Power’s Weybridge please – and promises to sell out again soon!

 Returning Central Market Cooking Schools, TX – USA on Nov. 7 – 10th, 2018!

Absolutely delighted to be returning to Central Market Cooking Schools on Nov 7th through 10th to teach a series of cookery classes, this time with my book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table – do hope you can join us! I lived in Austin over 5 years and tought at this wonderful cookery school as a guest chef so I am really excited to return, it will be very special classes. Registration at Central Market Cooking School opens online on 1st October, and classes likely to sell out qucikly, so please save the dates. Here are my teaching dates and venues at Central Market Cooking Schools:

Central Market Houston on Nov. 7th; Austin on Nov. 8th; Dallas on Nov 9th; San Antonio on Nov 10th.

What I have been cooking lately..

Leafy greens with onions, peppers and pine nuts, from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book

We have been enjoying more vegetables with the sunnier weather and this Leafy greens with onions, peppers and pine nuts, from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book (page 153),  inspired from Antakya, fits the bill perfectly. There is leafy vegetable called zilk in Antakya, similar to Swiss chard and locals use either zilk or spinach to make this recipe; you can use kale instead too. Bulgur or lentils are often added to make it more substantial. In my version, I included sweet, red bell peppers and pine nuts instead of bulgur. Adding a splash of fresh lemon juice or a little heat from red pepper flakes, you can serve this warm or cold, as in our Zeytinyaglis, Vegetables cooked in olive oil. Here’s also the link for my recipe in my blog.

Scrumptious Turkish bean salad with onions, olives, eggs

We love this tasty, easy and nourishing Turkish bean salad with olives and eggs, Fasulye Piyazi. It is the traditional accompaniment to Turkish meatballs, our kofte, but I love it as it is for lunch or as a light supper with pide bread and some hummus. It is also vegan and gluten-free so caters for a wide range of dietary needs. This lovely salad is on page 90 at the Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, if you have it. Here’s also the link to my recipe in my blog.

One of the happy Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book owner, posting this lovely photo

“Thank you so much for producing this wonderful book; I spent many happy holidays in Turkey and I love Turkish cuisine. It’s a joy to be able to recreate the dishes with your recipes and share with my family – your book is a treasure and I love my signed copy! This was a recent feedback from the Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book owner. I hoped my book would inspire folks to enjoy Turkish cuisine and bring happy memories of their visit to Turkey, so these kind feedback means the world to me. Signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book is still available for a limited period at this link, if you’d like to get a copy.

Many thanks and Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table are back! Recipes and Events

Signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, available now (for a limited period)!

One of the happy Ozlem’s Turkish Table book owners, posting this lovely photo

Many thanks to you all, who already got your copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table and your warm, delightful feedback on the book; so glad to see Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book has being enjoyed through your kind shares of your dishes from the book and messages you very kindly showered me. I dreamed about writing this book for over 10 years and it is such happiness to see its being enjoyed. Here’s an recent note from one of the Ozlem’s Turkish Cookery book owner; “Hi Ozlem, many thanks for a great book with fantastic recipes, it’s an invaluable inspiration to me now that I have retired and my new neighbours are amazed when I bring the Turkish food cooked by myself; maybe one day I will let them into the secret”.

Signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table book now available for limited period!

Delighted to let you know that the signed copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table is now available as of orders from June 2nd for a limited period! A great opportunity to get a copy for yourself or as a gift. If you’d like a signed copy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, please kindly order at this link. It will be delivered promptly worldwide.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table book tour in Turkey and the UK

Ozlem’s Turkish Table book launch at Zen Seramics, Istanbul, with my parents

It’s been a very busy but magical few months launching Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book , book signings and events in the UK and in Turkey. With this note, my sincere thanks goes to Pinar Foods UK for all their kind support for my book. A special highlight has been sharing my book with my dear parents, Orhan and Gulcin, at our book launch at the lovely Zen Seramics in Istanbul. My parents have always been my inspiration with their passion for Turkish cuisine and generosity in sharing, so it was a very special moment to present the book to them. The book has a lot of personal stories and our family heritage and they joyfully grabbed Ozlem’s Turkish Table with both hands with high on emotion (and some happy tears); I think my dad bought over 10 copies to proudly gift to family and friends! Most kind and I can not thank them enough for all their love and support.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table book signing at Fethiye!

Happy owners of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book in Fethiye

I visited Fethiye at early May as part of Ozlem’s Turkish Table book tour; it was a very special visit meeting Turkish food lovers at the lovely Yakamoz Hotel over a delicious Turkish breakfast and at the delightful Mozaik Bahce, at our Antakya style dinner. It was a very memorable trip and I can not thank dear Lyn Ward from Fethiye Times enough for arranging our events in Fethiye and all her support. My sincere thanks to everyone who joined our events and their kind interest for my book and to Yakamoz Hotel and Mozaik Bahce for their amazing Turkish hospitality – I can’t wait to be back!

Ozlem’s Turkish Table book signing at One Tree Books, Petersfield

We have done lots of events and book signings in the UK too and it was so lovely to see everyone’s interest for Turkish cuisine and Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book. One of these book signings were at the One Tree Book Store in Petersfield; a delightful book store at the heart of the community with the lovely Madeleine’s Kitchen Cafe attached to it. One Tree Book Store arranged a lovely book talk and interview with me and the Madeleine’s Kitchen served Spicy bulgur and Lentil Soup, Ezo Gelin Corbasi, Courgette fritters with feta and dill, Mucver and Revani, Semolina Sponge cake from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, to a very enthusiastic crowd of 35 folks. It was a magical evening meeting Turkish food lovers and exchanging stories. You can get copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table at One Tree Book Store.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table podcast interview at the Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Cookery School and Radio Station

Milk Street Radio Station podcast interview

We also had a delightful podcast interview with Christopher Kimball of Milk Street Cookery School and Radio based in Boston – MA, talking about southern Turkish cuisine, stories from my homeland and my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table. You can listen to this podcast at this link (my interview starts at about 17. minutes onwards), hope you enjoy it.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table Events Coming Up

Many more events, classes, supper clubs (as well as a special Turkish cookery master class and book signing in Amman in July) coming up, so stayed tuned.

Turkish Meze Class with Ozlem Warren, Divertimenti Cookery School, London

Hands On Masterclass, Saturday 23rd June, 11:00am – 2:30pm

Please join us to recreate a scrumptious meze feast from my homeland, with recipes from my newly released cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland. You will be making the much loved ‘Baba Ghanoush’ (Smoked aubergine, pepper and tomatoes with pomegranate molasses), ‘Filo Triangles with Spinach and Feta’, ‘Muhammara’ (Red pepper paste and walnut dip), ‘Circassian Chicken in Garlic, Walnut and Coriander Sauce, ‘Poached Dried Figs in Light Syrup’. We will be pairing each course with various  Yeni Rakı, a Turkish aniseed based drink which is the traditional accompaniment to the meze spread in Turkey. Each participant will also get a Yeni Rakı traditional glass and bottle; a special class not to be missed!

Participation is limited, please book your spot at Divertimenti this link, under June 23rd, hope to see you there!

Some Popular Recipes from Ozlem’s Turkish Table to share

Here are some of the recipes that have been popular from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, I hope you enjoy recreating them:

Pide bread, from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, image by Sian Irvine Food Photography

Pide bread (pide ekmek), Turkish round flat breads are a personal favorite and special especially during Ramadan, as we traditionally break the fast with pide. Many of my readers have been making Pide ekmek at home from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book (page 107). Here’s also the link to my Pide bread recipe if you’d like to make it.

Baked Turkish meatballs casserole from Ozlem’s Turkish Table, image by Sian Irvine Food Photography

This Turkish meatballs with vegetables casserole, Firinda Sebzeli Kofte, has been another favourite from Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book (page 179); I love that you can made this all-in-one pot easy, delicious meal ahead of time and left overs freeze beautifully, a real crowd pleaser – here’s the link to my recipe.

Baked cauliflower with red onions, feta and dill, from Ozlem’s Turkish Table; image by Sian Irvine Photography

This simple Baked cauliflower with red onions, feta and dill is my family’s favorite from Ozlem’s Turkish Table (page 165)  – as a matter of fact, I made twice this week! – Such a lovely and easy way to enjoy and flavour cauliflower, great as a side or as part of your meze spread, here’s the link to my recipe.

I hope you enjoy the recipes and if you’d like to order a signed copy of Ozlem’s Turkish Table cookery book, you can order at this link, with prompt delivery.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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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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