Thursday, May 9, 2013

See You in Istanbul

I have just published my first book, See You in Istanbul, in both e-Book and print format!  It is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  See You in Istanbul is a collection of funny stories about travel, food, and family.  It is about the misadventures we often go through as we go exploring outside our realm.  I was influenced by the great, hilarious David Sedaris and Laurie Notaro, two of my favorite writers.

Please check it out readers!  I hope you enjoy it.

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Some pictures of the yummy food described in See You in Istanbul (good thing you guys can't see me drool...

In Istanbul, the de-salting of fish, a sort of extravagant process

Sea bass

A type of burek (fried pastry filled with ground beef) that my Aunt makes

Sigh...manti. It is a delicious dish with ground beef in little dough hat-like shapes boiled to perfection.  Add garlic yogurt and a spicy butter sauce and voila- it's nom nom nom time.

My dad, who is like a master chef, makes scrumptious Turkish dishes often.  This one is a favorite, kofte (beef patties) with "Shepherd's Salad," tomato-butter rice, tursu (Turkish pickles), and purslane and garlic yogurt.  We keep trying to tell him he should open a restaurant.

A giant kumru sandwich-made of toasty sesame bread with sucuk (spicy beef sausage), tomato, and cheese melted to greatness.

Don't bring any guilt around here! Lokma is like a donut, fried dough with a sweet syrup and cinnamon on top.

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