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10 of the best books set in Istanbul

Strolling through IstanbulPerhaps the definitive guide to Istanbul. Detailed but never boring, we stroll through Istanbul in the company of the best-informed and most engaging of guides who clearly love the city themselves.

"So the visitor is advised to stroll to the Galata Bridge for his first view of the city. But you should do your sight-seeing there as do the Stamboullus, seated at a teahouse or a café on the lower level of the Bridge … looking out along the Golden Horn to where it meets the Bosphoros and the Sea of Marmara."
Galata Bridge

ConstantinopleOne of the most enjoyable accounts of the city ever written, full of teeming life and startling contrasts. Yes, times have changed since 1877, but this complex and vibrant portrait of the city remains recognisable.

"One of the most splendid bazaars is for shoes … The walls are stacked with slippers; in velvet, in leather, in brocade, in satin, in the most startling colours and the oddest shapes, embroidered with filigree, glittering with sequins, decorated with swansdown and silk tassels, starred with flowers in gold and silver"
• The Grand Bazaar

A short, beautiful novel from one of Turkey's best-loved writers and lovingly translated by his wife, it centres on the idea of gaining grace through kindness to all living things by the old practice of releasing birds captured specifically for the purpose.

The Birds Have Also Gone"Taksim is the most populous part of the town. Wouldn't there be some, among the crowds that always throng the square, just a few with still a modicum of humanity who, for a trifling sum, will take pride and joy in setting little birds free. Such a sight it is when those birds soar joyously up into the sky …"
• Taksim Square

The Nobel Prize winner recalls the Istanbul of his youth. Atmospheric black-and-white photos contribute to his depiction of hüzün ― a particularly Turkish form of melancholy.

"The beauty I see in Süleymaniye Mosque is in its lines, in the elegant space beneath its dome … Even four hundred years after it was built, I can look at Süleymaniye and see a mosque still standing in its entirety, just as it did, and see it as it was meant to be seen."
• Süleymaniye Mosque

Considered by Orhan Pamuk to be the greatest novel ever written about Istanbul, this is a lyrical tribute to both the city and human love.

"Çadircilar Street was bewildering as always. On the ground before a shop whose grate usually remained shuttered, waiting for who knows what, were a Russian-made samovar spigot, a doorknob, the remnants of a lady's mother-of-pearl fan so much the fashion thirty years ago, a few random parts belonging perhaps to a largish clock or gramophone …"
• Çadircilar Street (between Beyzait Square and the Grand Bazaar)

Though written in the 18nth century, the lively, incredibly modern voice of Lady Mary keeps us entertained throughout.

Istanbul Memories of a City A Mind at Peace The Turkish Embassy Letters The Bastard of Istanbul
Beaufort Books The Knock at the Door: A Mother's Survival of the Armenian Genocide
Book (Beaufort Books)

Chomsky's Interview with Salon

by justyouraveragecitizen

Chomsky Interview with Salon < Justyouraveragecitizen > 01/19 15:03:00
Noam Chomsky
The nation's most implacable critic of U.S. foreign policy argues that the war is unjust, America is the biggest terrorist state and intellectuals always support official violence.
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By Suzy Hansen
Jan. 16, 2002 | Noam Chomsky and Susan Sontag will always be remembered as the two leading American intellectuals who said the wrong thing after Sept. 11.
For Sontag, it was her now infamous New Yorker magazine slap at the idea that the terrorists were cowards. For Chomsky, it was statements like this one: 'The terrorist attacks were major atrocities. In scale they may not reach the level of many others, for example, the bombing of the Sudan with no credible pretext, destroying half its pharmaceutical supplies and killing unknown numbers of people (no one knows, because the U.S. blocked an inquiry at…

Greek islanders visit Turkey for grocery shopping  — Daily Sabah
.. many people come to Turkey from the Greek Islands including Lesbos. "Greek tourists come to Kemeraltı between 10:00 a.m. and 04:30p.m. Within this time period, they spend [quite a bit].

Eland Books Portrait of a Turkish Family
Book (Eland Books)
Da Capo Press The Turkish Lover: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)
Book (Da Capo Press)
Basic Books Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire
Book (Basic Books)
Syracuse University Press A Millennium of Turkish Literature: A Concise History
Book (Syracuse University Press)

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Turkish recipes?

Can someone plz give me some good n delicious turkish recipes for food, sweets or any non-alcholoic drink, thanks!

I love Turkish food, it's delicious and healthy. Here are some wonderful recipes, enjoy!

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I want to cook my husband turkish food?

Hi my husband is turkish so he loves turkish food, id like to cook him a really nice turkish dinner what is easy for me to cook. Any ideas and please tell me what i will need and how to cook. Thanks i want to surprise him with something, as i normally cook english food

HUNKAR BEGENDI

kg. Diced meat
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
3 cups milk
4 tablespoon flour
2 onions
4 aubergine
2 tomatoes
5 tablespoons butter
Salt
Lemon

DIRECTIONS
Grill the aubergines and peel them. Leave it in some water mixed with lemon juice and flour for a while. Cook the meat in slow heat first, than add some oil and saut頩t with chopped tomatoes and onions. Saut頳 tablespoons of flour in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil until it gets light brown. Add the milk very slowly. Drain the aubergines and mash them. Then add them in your mixture.…

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