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South From Ephesus: Travels in Turkey – Brian Sewell

Publisher: (1988, 2005)

Follow the author Brian Sewell on his personal travels through the Aegean coast of Turkey. British writer Sewell has been fascinated by the country since he was a young boy, and his love and adoration for the country and the people comes through in his writing.

Harem: The World Behind the Veil – Alev Lytle Croutier

Publisher: Abbeville Press, 1991

This book delves into the secret world of the harem (namely the Seraglio of Topkapi Palace) and the practices of polygamous marriages and customs within Turkish homes. It outlines the place of women in Muslim society and the secret life behind the veil.

The Turks Today: After Ataturk – Andrew Mango

Publisher: John Murray, 2005

An overview of Turkish society since the death of evolutionary leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, The Turks Today provides a portrait of the country’s development and current place in the modern world.

The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire – Patrick Balfour Kinross

Publisher: William Morrow (1979)

A thorough overview of the Ottoman Empire from its rise in 1300AD to its fall 600 years later, this is one history book that is entertaining. Full of larger than life characters, it is described more as a suspense novel rather than a boring account of history.

Classical Turkish Cooking – Ayla Algar

Publisher: HarperCollins

Crammed full of recipes for Turkish cuisine, this book is ideal for cooks of all levels, from beginner to advanced. Covering all types of food from the country, it is an ideal reference for people wishing to add a bit of culture to their cooking.