Join us for an evening of Turkish food cooked by Jason Goodwin, with recipes from detective Yashim’s culinary adventures in Istanbul.
An NPR ‘Best Book of 2016’
‘What is there not to love in a detective who enjoys cooking as much as he enjoys eating?’ The Financial Times
“A wonderful book… something unique.” Carolyn Hart, editor, Bread & Oysters
“Easy and delicious…I was seduced.” Helena Drysdale, Country Life
Our series launches on the 26th April 2017 with Jason Goodwin, author of the award-winning detective series The Janissary Tree. Set in 19th century Istanbul, the series features the investigator Yashim, and is translated into over forty languages. Fans of the series have followed Yashim puzzling over clues as he fries courgettes or pulverizes beef for dishes such as Assassin’s Steak Tartare, and they demanded the full recipes! Jason’s latest book is Yashim Cooks Istanbul (£25), a mix of Yashim’s Ottoman-inspired recipes and described as ‘genius’ by Delicious magazine. It contains lots of easy, traditional Turkish recipes that bring the flavours and colours of Istanbul to life, alongside more unfamiliar recipes for feasts
Jason will be preparing recipes from his book Yashim Cooks Istanbul, while talking us through the dishes. Aside from the deliciously prepared meal, this will be an intimate evening where guests will be able to converse with Jason about crime fiction, Ottoman history and Turkish food – and enjoy a glass of wine with a signed copy of the cookbook thrown in. The Janissary Tree series will also be available to buy in the shop for the author to sign.
Jason Goodwin: A historian and award-winning crime writer whose walk from the Baltic to Instanbul sparked a lifelong interest in Turkey. Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire, was published to wide acclaim in 1999, followed by five novels in the Yashim series, the first of which won the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Jason is a passionate cook. He lives with his family in Dorset.
Doors will open at 7:00 for a 7:30 start time.
This is the inaugural event for Cooking with Writers.