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Books about Black Sea

Sultan's KitchenSultan's Kitchen: A Turkish Cookbook
by Özcan Ozan

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Özcan Ozan claims that Turkish cuisine is one of the greatest in the world and manages to be fairly persuasive. From tangy egg-lemon soup, vegetable-stuffed eggplants sauteed in fragrant olive oil to richly stewed lamb on a bed of pilaf. These are the flavors of Turkey, whose fabled cuisine evolved in Ottoman kitchens: These traditions are rendered by an expert in The Sultan's Kitchen with over 130 tantalizing recipes, complete menu suggestions, and stunning images inspires any cook to create dishes that are fit for a sultan.

Author Özcan Ozan was born and raised in Turkey, a traditional cuisine that is recognized by food connoisseurs as among the finest in the world. Özcan Ozan brings the best traditions of Turkish cooking to the reader with his 40 years of classical cuisine experience, including his tenure as chef in some of the finest resturants in Europe and Turkey.

A Peace to End All PeaceThe Turkish Cookbook:
Regional Recipes and Stories
by Nur Ilkin and Sheilah Kaufman

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Due to Turkey’s geographic location, its cooking straddles both Arabic and European traditions. The full-color illustrations only enhance the text which lays out the differences in cooking styles among Turkey’s several regions. The bold flavors and opulent spicing will give vegetables the widest possible audience. Meat dishes focus on lamb and beef kebabs but giving place also to stewed and ground meats as well as grilled and baked seafood. Pastry aficionados will immediately recognize the plethora of phyllo-encased meats and vegetables.

Nur Ilkin, wife of former ambassador of Turkey to the United States learned the secrets of Turkish cookery from her grandmother. She and her husband are now back in Turkey, where she works with the Executive Committee of Turkey's Foreign Ministry Wives Association. Sheilah Kaufman, a frequent guest on TV and radio programmes, is a cooking instructor, food writer and author of over 22 cookbooks.

Black SeaBlack Sea
by Neal Ascherson

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Neal Ascherson was a winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. In this study of the fateful encounters between Europe and Asia on the shores of a legendary sea, Neal Ascherson explores the disputed meaning of community, nationhood, history, and culture in a region famous for its dramatic conflicts. What makes the Back Sea cultures distinctive, Ascherson agrues, is the way their component parts came together over the millennia to shape unique communities, languages, religions, and trade. As he shows with skill and persuasiveness, Black Sea patterns in the Caucasus, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Turkey, and Greece have linked the peoples of Europe and Asia together for centuries.

Neal Ascherson, a leading British scholar-journalist, writes for The Independent in London and The New York Review of Books. He is the author of Polish August and The Struggle for Poland, among other books. He lives in London.

Turkish ReflectionsTurkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place
by Mary Lee Settle

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Mary Settle offers us an intimate portrait of a Turkey rarely seen-a land where the cutting of a tree is a crime, where goats are sacrificed to launch state-of-the-art ships, and where whole towns emerge at dusk to stroll in the streets. She finds ancient monasteries converted into discos, underground cities carved out of rock, and sleek jet-set yachts alongside camels piled high with copper pots. She follows in the footsteps of emperors and nomads, sultans and shepherds; explores the trails blazed by Alexander the Great, Tamerlane, Genghis Khan, and Ataturk. "Turkish Reflections" is a cross-country odyssey into history, legend, mystery, and myth.

Mary Lee Settle was an actress, model, and world traveler who won the National Book Award for her novel Blood Ties and was the founder of the PEN/Faulkner Prize. She died in 2005.

Expat HaremTales from the Expat Harem
by Anastasia M. Ashman & Jennifer Eaton Gokmen

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As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, a country both European and Asian, forward-looking yet rooted in ancient empire, Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances. This anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of 30 expatriates from six different nations, who established lives in Turkey for work, love, or adventure. Through narrative essays covering the last four decades, these diverse women unveil the mystique of the "Orient," describe religious conflict, embrace cultural discovery, and maneuver familial traditions, customs, and responsibilities.

Ashman was born in Berkeley, California and currently lives with her Turkish husband in Istanbul. Gökmen was born in Wayne, Michigan and has lived in Istanbul, Turkey with her Turkish husband since 1994.

A Peace to End All PeaceA Peace to End All Peace
by David Fromkin

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In A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin reveals how and why the Allies drew lines on an empty map that remade the geography and politics of the Middle East. Focusing on the formative years of 1914 to 1922, when all seemed possible, he delivers in this sweeping and magisterial book the definitive account of this defining time, showing how the choices narrowed and the Middle East began along a road that led to the conflicts and confusion that continue to this day.

David Fromkin is a professor at Boston University and the author of several acclaimed books of nonfiction, including The King and the Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh, Secret Partners. He lives in New York City.

The First crusadeThe First Crusade
by Thomas Asbridge

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In The First Crusade, Thomas Asbridge offers a gripping account of a titanic three-year adventure filled with miraculous victories, greedy princes, and barbarity on a vast scale. Beginning with the electrifying speech delivered by Pope Urban II on the last Tuesday of November in the year 1095. Featured in vivid detail are the siege of Nicaea and the pivotal battle for Antioch, the single most important military engagement of the entire expedition, where the crusaders, in desparate straits, routed a larger and better equipped Muslim army. Through all this, the crusaders were driven on by intense religious devotion, convinced that their struggle would earn them the reward of eternal paradise in Heaven.

Thomas Asbridge is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London.

The Ottoman EmpireThe Ottoman Empire and the World Around It
by Suraiya Faroqhi

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In Islamic law the world was made up of the House of Islam and the House of War with the Ottoman Sultan--the perceived successor to the Caliphs--supreme ruler of the Islamic world. However, Suraiya Faroqhi demonstrates that there was no iron curtain between the Ottoman and other worlds but rather a long-established network of diplomatic, financial, cultural and religious connections. These extended to the empires of Asia and the modern states of Europe. Faroqhi's book is based on a huge study of original and early modern sources, including diplomatic records, travel and geographical writing, as well as personal accounts.

Suraiya Faroqhi is Professor of Ottoman Studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, and the author of Pilgrims and Sultans.

Kas to DalyanTurkish Coast: Kas to Dalyan
by Michael Bussmann, Gabriele Tröger, and Dean Livesley

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The Lycian Peninsula takes in a very large area — running between Antalya and Lake Koycegiz south to the sea. It is impossible to do justice to the entire spread and feature walks in one book, so this volume concentrates on the region between Kas (including Kekova to the east) and Lake Koycegiz. A key feature of the book is coverage of the Lycian Way as day walks, with full transport details. A companion book, covering the stretch from Antalya to Demre, takes in the rest of Lycia. Historical descriptions of the wild, fissured Lycian coastal region abound with superlatives. It has been called the most beautiful in Turkey.

Michael Bussmann, Gabriele Tröger, and Dean Livesley have been visiting Turkey for many years, writing general and walking guides. Dean Livesley was one of the original developers of the famous Lycian Way, Turkey's first long-distance footpath.

Lycian WayThe Lycian Way
By Kate Clow, with photographs by Terry Richardson

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The Lycian way is a 509 km way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya. The route is graded medium to hard; it is not level walking, but has many ascents and descents as it approaches and veers away from the sea. It is easier at the start near Fethiye and gets more difficult as it progresses. It's recommended to walk the route in spring or autumn; February-May or September-November; summer in Lycia is hot, although you could walk short, shady sections. The route is mainly over footpaths and mule trails; it is mostly over limestone and often hard and stony underfoot.

Kate Clow was born in the UK. She speaks English, French, Turkish, and has been a Turkish citizen since 1996. Terry Richardson is a teacher of Classical Civilisation and a teacher of English as a foreign language in Turkey. He resides in Antalya.

St.Paul TrailSt. Paul Trail
By Kate Clow, with photographs by Terry Richardson

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The St Paul Trail is a way-marked footpath from Perge, 10 km E of Antalya, to Yalvac, NE of Lake Egirdir. There is a second branch starting at Aspendos, 40km E of Antalya and joining the first route at the Roman site of Adada. The route totals about 500km. This project partly follows the route walked by St Paul on his first missionary journey in Asia Minor. It's a wilder route than the Lycian Way, starting at sea level and climbing up to 2200m, with two optional peaks at around 2800m. At the moment there are no signposts on the route (we are looking for a sponsor) but the way-marking is complete. There are also no way-marks on paths through cultural sites.

Kate Clow was born in the UK. She speaks English, French, Turkish, and has been a Turkish citizen since 1996. Terry Richardson is a teacher of Classical Civilisation and a teacher of English as a foreign language in Turkey. He resides in Antalya.

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