Cookbook giveaway - Anatolia

AnatoliaAnatolia by Somer Sivrioglu is a richly illustrated, entertaining and informative exploration of the regional cooking culture of Turkey. Turkish-born chef Sivrioglu and co-author David Dale re-imagine the traditions of Turkish cooking, presenting recipes ranging from the grand banquets of the Ottoman empire to the spicy snacks of Istanbul's street stalls. In doing so they explain their take on the classics and reveal the surrounding rituals, myths, jokes and folk wisdom of both the old and new Turkey.

Recipes are complemented by specially commissioned photographs shot on location in Turkey. Feature spreads on local Turkish chefs and producers and their specialities add a fascinating layer of interest and flavour. You can learn more about the books in our author interview. We're delighted to offer four copies of Anatolia, two to EYB Members in the UK and two to Members in Australia or New Zealand.

One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What's your favorite Turkish food?

Please note that you must enter the comment after signing into Rafflecopter or your entry won't be counted. The contest ends June 3, 2015.


  • Clove  on  5/2/2015 at 6:55 PM

    My favourite Turkish food? Where do I start? Possibly pide for all the infinite variations.....

  • sbh2006  on  5/2/2015 at 7:42 PM

    I adore all Turkish food, especially the yogurt-based dips and spreads. I recently had the chance to take a hands-on class with Ozlem Warren of Ozlem's Turkish Table and it was a fabulous experience; I would love to one day take her culinary tour of Turkey. I also love Turkish baked goods and one of my prized possessions is the out of print "Turkish Bakery Delights."

  • meggan  on  5/2/2015 at 8:15 PM


  • Larkspur  on  5/2/2015 at 8:17 PM

    I like kofte, many things!

  • BarbaraM48  on  5/2/2015 at 9:28 PM

    stuffed veggies

  • pistachiopeas  on  5/2/2015 at 9:31 PM

    My favorite Turkish food is definitely manti!

  • Julia  on  5/2/2015 at 9:32 PM

    Kofte and the stewed tomato and green bean dish along with any eggplant preparation.

  • matag  on  5/2/2015 at 10:19 PM

    Chicken Doner

  • Lscott81  on  5/2/2015 at 11:07 PM

    Lamb kofti!

  • contest718  on  5/2/2015 at 11:17 PM

    I do not eat a lot of turkish food but, i would have to say cous cous with lots of cumin and saffron and garlic.

  • eildoncook  on  5/3/2015 at 1:46 AM

    imam bayildi, delicately spiced - glorious

  • joneshayley  on  5/3/2015 at 2:46 AM

    Lahmacun- Turkish mince spiced pizza type affair. It is delicious, and despite many attempts, impossible to make to taste as good as that in my local Turkish resteraunt

  • Vcar0565  on  5/3/2015 at 3:51 AM

    Turkish Delight!

  • Titch  on  5/3/2015 at 4:05 AM

    I've never tried Turkish food before xxx

  • nomess  on  5/3/2015 at 5:20 AM

    Iskender, lamb kofte, some pide where the flavours can do for you what nothing else can - actually hard to pick one. If the reviews of this book are an indication then there will be many more favourites.

  • bopper  on  5/3/2015 at 5:48 AM

    lamb kofte

  • andrewcbo  on  5/3/2015 at 6:34 AM

    Lamb koftas with mint yogurt

  • AGENT99  on  5/3/2015 at 7:20 AM

    We've got a great place for pide not far from home

  • Lyndaherman  on  5/3/2015 at 8:51 AM

    My exposure has been limited, because I have a garlic allergy.m would love to be able to make dishes at home, so I can substitute for the garlic and enjoy!

  • vickster  on  5/3/2015 at 9:15 AM

    Lamb koftas

  • stockholm28  on  5/3/2015 at 9:37 AM

    When I first visited Turkey in 1991, I had this amazing yogurt topped with powdered sugar. I've never tasted yogurt that was that creamy and delicious since.

  • FKEE2003  on  5/3/2015 at 10:06 AM

    Iskander Kebab, Kofte, hunkar begendi, imam biyaldi, kunafe

  • Zosia  on  5/3/2015 at 10:45 AM


  • Deneenm  on  5/3/2015 at 12:34 PM

    lamb kofta for sure!!

  • Margaretsmall  on  5/3/2015 at 5:18 PM

    Yogurt for breakfast, ate it every day we were in Turkey a few years ago, and almost every day since.natural unsweetened of course!

  • herby  on  5/3/2015 at 7:10 PM

    All eggplant dishes, zucchini fritters, and kofte are my absolute faves!

  • Carpecookie  on  5/3/2015 at 9:24 PM

    Pide & burek. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

  • clairew137  on  5/4/2015 at 4:54 AM

    Turkish Delight

  • Isis1981uk  on  5/4/2015 at 7:07 AM

    I love kıymalı fasulye

  • TRACYAC  on  5/4/2015 at 1:50 PM

    Almond and Honey Pastries with Orange Cream. :)

  • trudys_person  on  5/4/2015 at 9:22 PM

    I've never really had Turkish food, but I want to try all the delicious sounding things listed above!

  • readingtragic  on  5/5/2015 at 1:52 AM

    Pekmez is amazing - as a dressing, drizzled over meatballs, tahini or to finish any dish, with bread, or yoghurt - I could go on and on...

  • NikkiPixie  on  5/5/2015 at 2:51 AM

    Gozleme! Had this amazing one with potato spinach and feta while I was travelling around Turkey and I've never found its equal since....

  • jd5761  on  5/5/2015 at 11:08 AM

    lamb kofte

  • jrubotto  on  5/5/2015 at 12:11 PM

    Any of the kebabs!

  • Aggie92  on  5/5/2015 at 4:15 PM

    Baklava made with pistachios

  • Rinshin  on  5/5/2015 at 6:36 PM

    I think kofte.

  • dbielick  on  5/5/2015 at 7:45 PM


  • hillsboroks  on  5/6/2015 at 8:13 AM

    Lamb kebabs

  • apattin  on  5/6/2015 at 11:36 AM

    can't choose a favorite. I LOVE Turkish food.

  • tasteslike  on  5/6/2015 at 9:39 PM

    Grilled sardines. So good.

  • lsgourmet  on  5/6/2015 at 11:10 PM

    Favorite Turkish food? Bistilla, duck bistilla to be specific. The richest brown gravy, the most tender duck, the flakiest pie crust. I need to go back to Istanbul even if it's only through reading this book.

  • canines5  on  5/7/2015 at 2:02 PM

    anything with lamb or dates

  • rahiscock  on  5/11/2015 at 3:52 AM

    Really good Baklava, which is hard to find! The best version I've had is made by a friend, who was taught how to do it by her Turkish grandmother.

  • moppe  on  5/13/2015 at 4:11 AM

    Döner Kebab!!

  • Mayandbill  on  5/15/2015 at 8:57 AM

    Got to be the spicy minced lamb pizzas!

  • tinaellen  on  5/16/2015 at 5:44 PM

    Lamb kofte!

  • jammydodger  on  5/18/2015 at 3:23 AM

    Anything containing aubergine

  • AjLewes  on  5/18/2015 at 9:19 AM

    It has to be slow cooked lamb

  • digifish_books  on  5/18/2015 at 6:55 PM


  • bfg67  on  5/19/2015 at 4:51 AM


  • pokarekare  on  5/19/2015 at 7:14 PM

    gozleme because I am most familiar with it but sampled many delicious dishes whilst in Turkey once - just don't know the names of them!!!

  • amoule  on  5/20/2015 at 1:16 PM

    Yaprak Sarma

  • pandapotamus  on  5/24/2015 at 11:07 PM


  • neaththerose  on  5/27/2015 at 10:40 PM

    I traveled around Turkey for 5 weeks a few years ago and the food was definitely one of the highlighted of the holiday! Very hard to choose a favorite Turkish food but stuffed, baked eggplants would take the prize.

  • Chopsfortea  on  5/27/2015 at 10:40 PM

    Iskender every time

  • Hilaryvu  on  5/27/2015 at 11:08 PM

    Gozleme!! But I also love Kisir for easy summer picnic catering.

  • sillyvy  on  5/28/2015 at 12:40 AM

    Lamb koftas

  • JanScholl  on  5/28/2015 at 1:53 AM

    I love mjadra with a side of plain yogurt so I dip my fork in the lentil and then the yogurt. So yummy. And simple

  • lils74  on  5/28/2015 at 2:32 AM

    Turkish kebabs are probably my fav… they hit the spot every time!

  •  on  5/28/2015 at 2:53 AM

    Vegetables and fish with walnut tarator

  • poppiesandpavlovas  on  5/28/2015 at 3:34 AM

    My local Turkish cafe makes wonderful Turkish delight, baklava, and really delicious doner kebabs with falafel ... so lucky to have them close by!

  • scampyie  on  5/28/2015 at 3:36 AM

    Bulgur Kofte, perde pilav, anything with pekmez as an ingredient

  • agfloyd  on  5/28/2015 at 3:53 AM

    When I think of Turkey, I think of cultures colliding, and in my mind no Turkish food epitomizes that better (or is tastier) than Manti. Assembled like Chinese steamed dumplings but boiled like Italian ravioli, those little bites of dough are as versatile as they are delicious. And even though they are addictive with just about anything inside (including, in the case of boş manti, nothing) the typical spiced lamb filling is enough to make my "flexitarianism" extra-flexible.

  • Suirauqa  on  5/28/2015 at 5:38 AM

    So many dishes to luuurve. Turkey's fresh salads, the breads, the lamb dishes, the fish rolls, and the baklava. I loved my journey through Turkey and all the different foods I sampled with their fresh produce especially Imam Bayildi made w eggplant - fantastic.

  • Ingridemery  on  5/28/2015 at 7:32 AM

    I love the salads and dips!

  • lizr  on  5/28/2015 at 8:35 AM

    Turkish delight and stuffed eggplant

  • elenajh  on  5/28/2015 at 10:15 AM

    Anything with eggplant!

  • jlh39  on  5/28/2015 at 10:16 AM

    I love Mujadara - so much flavor from so few ingredients!

  • chococoffee  on  5/28/2015 at 10:26 AM

    A freshly made simit. Just perfect!

  • mattbailey  on  5/28/2015 at 11:11 AM

    Lamb kofte for me!

  • JordanHamons  on  5/28/2015 at 4:18 PM

    doner kebab!

  • elizam  on  5/28/2015 at 6:45 PM

    I was going to write gozleme, but then I started reading the comments and oh, manti! and mjadarra! I cannot pick a favourite.

  • MoonOverParma  on  5/28/2015 at 8:33 PM

    chewy ice cream

  • enalawso  on  5/29/2015 at 2:47 AM

    Has to be gozleme because it is so versatile!

  • sheridarby  on  5/29/2015 at 11:29 AM

    Lamb kofte

  • ditravels  on  5/29/2015 at 12:12 PM

    I love it all! Can't pick just one -- roasted eggplant salad with yogurt, lamb kofte, pride, Turkish Delight.

  • GillB  on  5/29/2015 at 5:05 PM

    Roasted eggplant and lamb kofte and Turkish delight to finish with coffee!

  • fatemah  on  5/29/2015 at 5:18 PM

    Definitely stuffed veggies

  • hc_bailey  on  5/29/2015 at 7:44 PM

    I live aubergine and lamb so it has to be imam bayildi and kebabs for me.

  • suzanne P  on  5/30/2015 at 12:29 AM

    Imam Bayildi

  • greedybread  on  5/30/2015 at 12:57 AM

    Simit & Ali Nazik Kebab

  • Foodycat  on  5/30/2015 at 4:29 AM

    Cacik. On everything.

  • fionajk42  on  5/30/2015 at 4:50 AM

    my favorite is kadayif with ashtar

  • feelgood56  on  5/30/2015 at 8:22 AM

    Definitely Lahmacun!

  • GRIFTERASSASIN  on  5/30/2015 at 3:32 PM

    Chicken Doner

  • Steph53  on  5/31/2015 at 2:07 AM

    Turkish delight

  • Khudson  on  5/31/2015 at 6:25 AM

    I love all Turkish food. Best of all going to the worker's cafes and picking from the daily specials.

  • sharifah  on  5/31/2015 at 9:02 AM


  • MaggieMaggieMae  on  5/31/2015 at 1:50 PM

    Pide, or anything with artichoke.

  • norwaygirl  on  6/1/2015 at 2:56 AM

    Mercimek Corbasi has to rate high on the list: my beautiful lentil soup for breakfast every morning in of the most wonderful cities in the world!

  • pamelajosie  on  6/1/2015 at 10:10 PM

    I'll never forget the wonderfully fresh fried fish sandwiches served straight from the fishermen on the boats on the shores of the Bosphorus. Hope to be there again one day!

  • SLane  on  6/1/2015 at 11:44 PM

    I really love Kofte & pilav !

  • aurorak  on  6/2/2015 at 12:28 AM

    Sometimes, I think that I could eat only Turkish food for the rest of my life, especially eggplant, zeytinagli-style, or stewed or poached in olive oil until meltingly tender -- so ready to be scooped up with labneh with pine nuts in a golden pide bread!

  • Thermomixr  on  6/3/2015 at 8:59 AM

    For savoury Imam biyildi & for sweet Saffron-layered rice pudding (Astarli sütlac). Delicious dishes.

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