SHERBET AND SPICE
The Complete Story of Turkish Sweets and Desserts

MARY IŞIN
336pp 30 COLOUR ILLUS 2013 LIST PRICE: £20.00 E314

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The stories behind Turkey's huge variety of sweets and puddings are as fascinating as their multiplicity of flavours. This exploration of their history and role in Turkish culture is a voyage of adventure, taking us from the sultan's palace to the homes of ordinary people in Turkey's villages and towns, and beyond to Central Asia, Persia, Arabia, Egypt and the Levant. This is the land of Turkish delight perfumed with rosewater and musk, rose jam, whose praises were sung by Rumi, asure, zerde tinted with saffron, baklava filled with nuts, clotted cream or cheese, milk puddings and helvas, strings of nuts dipped in grape syrup, lollipops in the shape of animals and model gardens built of sugar carried in wedding processions. This is social history foremost, but 70 authentic recipes are also included.