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The food of Turkey


My trip to Turkey
Claudia Roden Writer
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Now, Turkey was the first country that I went to. I went to, I had been before, but I went to the Tourist Office and said, 'Can you tell me where to go? I want to go to Turkey to write about it in a new book. And could you tell me where to go?' And so she invited me very soon after to go to Turkey. And that they would fund the whole trip, and that they would also provide a translator whenever I wanted, and she said, 'Where would you like to go? What kind of things do you want to see?' She was absolutely fantastic. And I was very happy to meet her again when I went last December. And she invited me to dinner. She was really happy that I had written to much about Turkish food. And she knew I was there from somebody else and contacted me. So, the food of Turkey was for me familiar anyway. Because Egypt had been part of the Ottoman Empire for a time, and the King. In my time it was King Farouq, was from a dynasty that was an Albanian Ottoman Dynasty as well. And so, the food of Turkey had been in Egypt for quite a few years.

Claudia Roden (b. 1936) is an Egyptian-born British cookbook writer and cultural anthropologist of Sephardi/Mizrahi descent. She is best known as the author of Middle Eastern cookbooks including A Book of Middle Eastern Food, The New Book of Middle Eastern Food and The Book of Jewish Food.

Listeners: Nelly Wolman

Claudia Roden talking to her granddaughter Nelly Wolman about her life in food.

Tags: Turkey

Duration: 1 minute, 59 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2022

Date story went live: 04 December 2023