Chef Ana Sortun’s Cookbook

"Ana Sortun has followed her passion to the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, seeking out fragrances, flavors and techniques with infectious enthusiasm, then recreating them in this delightful book. If Spice doesn't make you want to get on the next boat to Istanbul, it will surely drive you into the kitchen to try your hand at these delectable combinations." --Nancy Jenkins, author of The Essential Mediterranean

On a trip to Turkey as a young woman, chef Ana Sortun fell in love with the food and learned the traditions of Turkish cooking from local women. In this gorgeously photographed book, Sortun shows readers how to use this philosophy of spice to create wonderful dishes in their own homes. She reveals how the artful use of spices and herbs rather than fat and cream is key to the full, rich flavors of Mediterranean cuisine--and the way it leaves you feeling satisfied afterward. The book is organized by spice, detailing the ways certain spices complement one another and how they flavor other foods and creating in home cooks a kind of sense-memory that allows for a more intuitive use of spice in their own dishes. The more than one hundred tantalizing spice categories and recipes include:

Fried haloumi cheese with pear spiced dates
Spoon lamb
Salmon with Egyptian garlic & coriander sauce
Whipped feta with sweet and hot peppers
Swordfish kebobs with nigella seed vinaigrette
Homemade crackers
Warm buttered hummus
Black walnut baklava
Arabic coffee pot de crème...and so many more