The Food Life

A Culinary Escape

By Katherine Rapin / Photography By Jason Varney | November 20, 2017
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Bring the bright flavors of the Mediterranean to your kitchen with the new cookbook Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking (Burgess Lea Press, 2017). Let authors Joy E. Stocke and Angle Brenner be your guides with this collection of recipes, photos and stories,

"From the forest of northern Turkey along the Black Sea where cherries and hazelnuts grow, to the Mediterranean coast where lemon, orange and walnut trees grace fields and hillsides, we have been the lucky recipients of cooking lessons in all kinds of kitchens," write Stocke and Brenner in their introduction. They tell of making chickpea dumplings with aunties In a Turkish kitchen; buying fresh simit—chewy sesame-crusted, bagel-like rings—balanced on the heads of street vendors; and dining on salt-crusted red mullet by the sea.

The cookbook contains both traditional recipes that require a days work In the kitchen and simple adaptations for everyday meals, Feta with raki and quick saltwater and lemon pickles are simple highlights from the mezes (small plates) section , The more time-consuming Circassian chicken poached chicken with walnut sauce is one of Stocke's favorite recipes For a simple weeknight meal, try dilled yogurt soup with sweet potato flatbread.

The all-encompassing collection of recipes includes kebabs, soups, salads, pilafs, vegetarian stews, seafood, lamb, desserts and even beverages, Incorporate a new recipe into your holiday menu or give a gift to your cookbook-loving friend.

Available at Barnes & Noble and online

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