Gastronomic Turkey: Book Suggestions
Here are some suggestions for books, biographies, and travel guides should you wish to read up on Turkey, Turkish history, and the region’s archaeology before your cultural tour. The books are in no particular recommended order. This list of books is not required reading!
UK visitors interested in purchasing these books, may click on the main title. US visitors wishing to buy, please click on ‘In USA’
Byzantium / Constantinople / Istanbul
The Blue Guide: Istanbul is the best guidebook to Istanbul, and is filled with concise information about all the visible historical monuments of every period.
Constantinople: City of the World’s Desire 1453-1924 IN USA Philip Mansel - is a colourful, informative and truly great read.
Strolling Through Istanbul: The Classic Guide to the City IN USA John Freely and Hilary Sumner-Boyd - is an excellent read.
Istanbul: The Collected Traveller An Inspired Companion Guide IN USA Barrie Kerper - A unique guide combining fascinating articles from a wide range of writers, woven together with the editor’s own brilliant advice and opinions.
Kingdoms of Ruin: The Art and Architectural Splendours of Ancient Turkey IN USA Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch - is a gorgeous photographic record of the landscapes and ancient sites of Turkey.
History of Rome IN USA Marcel Le Glay, Jean-Louis Voisin, Yann Le Bohec, David Cherry, Donald G. Kyle (4th edition) - It’s difficult to write a single authoritative book covering such a long period and geographical range, but the authors have done a great job with this.
Constructing the Ancient World: Architectural Techniques of the Greeks and Romans IN USA Carmelo Malacrino - is a good introduction to the engineering skills and prowess that we will be marvelling at on this tour.
Byzantium: the Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire IN USA Judith Herrin - is a good thematic introduction to the Byzantine world.
Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire (new edition 2008) IN USA Jason Goodwin - is a beautifully written book that attempts to go beyond traditional history to provide an insight into the culture and atmosphere of the Ottoman world.
Modern History and General Turkey Books
Sons of the Conquerors: the Rise of the Turkic World IN USA Hugh Pope - covers all corners of the modern Turkish world with verve and style.
Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey IN USA Anastasia Ashman and Jennifer Gökmen - is a riveting look at life in modern Turkey from the perspective of expatriate women.
A Fez of the heart: Travels through Turkey in Search of a Hat IN USA Jeremy Seal - is a witty portrait of modern Turkey.
Turkish Food & Cooking
The Turkish Cookbook: Regional Recipes and Stories IN USA Nur Ilkin and Sheilah Kaufman.
Turkey Novels and Literature
Orhan Pamuk is currently the most celebrated Turkish novelist, and his prose offers an intense and somewhat dark perspective on Turkey, its people and their history. Why not try one of his recent ‘classics’ such as My Name is Red IN USA or The Black Book IN USA