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Istanbul Contemporary Cuisine

The feast goes online! Istanbul dinners never fail to elicit raving reviews from seasoned world travelers. So, what are the favorite dishes of the creators of those famed dinners? The answer is provided in Istanbul Contemporary Cuisine, a sturdy tome packed with mouth-watering recipes and impressive photography. 

Winner of the 2010 Special Award of the Gourmand Jury, Istanbul Contemporary Cuisine taps the private repertoires of Istanbul’s top chefs and best-selling food writers to bring together 130 professional recipes carefully chosen for easy applicability in the home kitchen.  And the welcome news is, the book now has its own website offering food lovers a foretaste of the seductive flavors inside.  With a sample selection of savory recipes, this is a must-visit site for every cooking enthusiast. 

Visitors can also explore the contents, communicate with the authors, and buy the book online.  Available in three editions, English, French and Turkish, Istanbul Contemporary Cuisine so far has only been put on sale in its home country.  Food lovers everywhere else will not want to miss the opportunity to check the book and order it.

Following article is taken from The Guide Istanbul, March/April 2010 issue, where the success of Hande and Lale was announced:

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards was founded by Edouard Cointreau in 1995 and every year the best food and wine books are honored. The winners of the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook. Awards were announced at the ceremony held on February 11, 2010 in Paris, France. (www.cookbookfair.com)

Over 6,000 cookbooks from 136 countries vied for awards in 41 categories, which had to be submitted for consideration by November 2009.

We are very happy to announce that Istanbul Cuisine Contemporaine prepared in French and co-authored by Hande Bozdoğan and Lâle Apa, publisher of The Guide magazines was given the “Special Award” of the Jury: only 27 cookbooks were given this very prestigious award.

The selection jury included Edouard Cointreau, Dun Gifford (CEO, Oldways Preservation Trust), Prince Franz-Wilhelm (Germany), Jean Jacques Ratier (Mayor of the Municipality of Saros, France & Commissioner of Salon International du Livre Gourmand) and Bo Masser (Booktown Grythyttan).

Hande Bozdoğan and Lâle Apa were present to receive their awards in Paris. In their acceptance speech, they said that the real winner of this award was Istanbul and invited all the attendees to come to Istanbul and taste these dishes first hand, prepared by the chefs represented in the cookbook.

In a press release prepared by Edouard Cointreau, President of Gourmand Awards, he wrote, “Istanbul Cuisine Contemporaine received an important “Special Award” by the Jury as part of the celebration of the Year of Turkey in France. Turkey with books like this, is winning its respected place among the great culinary cultures of the world”.

Istanbul Cuisine Contemporaine includes 130 Turkish recipes, prepared by 30 chefs and notable food writers residing in Istanbul. Istanbul Contemporary Cuisine is available separately in 3 languages: English, French and Turkish. Sold at all major bookstores throughout Turkey, the Turkish version is 45 TL and the French and English versions are 48 TL/each.  For more detailed information, send an email to guide(at)apa.com.tr

Congratulations Hande and Lâle!

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