My guest this week brings new meaning to “World Travler!” Robyn Eckhardt and her photographer husband David Hagerman put together one of the coolest books of the year; Istanbul & Beyond – Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey.   Having spent many months in Turkey while on active duty in the Air Force, I was always impressed with the people, culture and especially the food…this book brings back so many great memories 🙂

The most extensive and lushly photographed Turkish cookbook to date, by two internationally acclaimed experts

Standing at the crossroads between the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Asia, Turkey boasts astonishingly rich and diverse culinary traditions. Journalist Robyn Eckhardt and her husband, photographer David Hagerman, have spent almost twenty years discovering the country’s very best dishes. Now they take readers on an unforgettable epicurean adventure, beginning in Istanbul, home to one of the world’s great fusion cuisines. From there, they journey to the lesser-known provinces, opening a vivid world of flavors influenced by neighboring Syria, Iran, Iraq, Armenia, and Georgia.

From village home cooks, community bakers, café chefs, farmers, and fishermen, they have assembled a broad, one-of-a-kind collection of authentic, easy-to-follow recipes: “The Imam Fainted” Stuffed Eggplant; Pillowy Fingerprint Flatbread; Pot-Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Onions; Stovetop Lamb Meatballs with Spice Butter; Artichoke Ragout with Peas and Favas; Green Olive Salad with Pomegranate Molasses; Apple and Raisin Hand Pies. Many of these have never before been published in English. Get a copy now.

About the Authors
ROBYN ECKHARDT and her husband, DAVID HAGERMAN, have logged more than 15,000 miles in Turkey since the 1990s. Eckhardt’s articles and recipes have appeared in Saveur, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Design Sponge, and Travel + Leisure. Hagerman has photographed around the world for Travel + Leisure, Saveur, and the New York Times. They live in Italy.  Check out their Face Book page and learn more!

Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
2015 Edna Valley Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Our Edna Valley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc offers elegant aromas of honeydew melon and grapefruit. On the palate, these citrus notes are echoed and complemented by
tropical fruit flavors of guava, passion fruit and a hint of lime zest. Balanced, crisp acidity with flavors that linger on the finish, this Sauvignon Blanc is a true expression of the varietal and the vintage.

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