For readers of Ken Follett's Kingsbridge series and Richard C. Morais's The Hundred-Foot Journey, a sweeping tale of love and the magic of food set during the Ottoman Empire.
A Pasha of Cuisine is a rare talent in Ottoman lore. Only two, maybe three are born with such a gift every few centuries. A natural master of gastronomy, he is the sovereign genius who reigns over aromas and flavors and can use them to influence the hearts and minds, even the health, of those who taste his creations. In this fabulous novel, one such chef devises a plot bring down the Ottoman EmpireÂ should he need toÂ in order to rescue the love of his life from the sultan's harem.
Himself a survivor of the bloodiest massacre ever recorded within the Imperial Palace after the passing of the last sultan, he is spirited away through the palace kitchens, where his potential was recognized. Across the empire, he is apprenticed one by one to the best chefs in all culinary disciplines and trained in related arts, such as the magic of spices, medicine, and the influence of the stars. It is during his journeys that he finds happiness with the beautiful, fiery dancing girl Kamer, and the two make plans to marry. Before they can elope, Kamer is sold into the Imperial Harem, and the young chef must find his way back into the Imperial Kitchens and transform his gift into an unbeatable weapon.
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Saygin Ersin is a former journalist and the author of two previous novels in Turkish, Judgement of the Emperor and The Storm of Erbain, as well as Retired Police Club, a collection of short detective stories, and the script for the comic Skywind. He lives in Izmir, Turkey.
"Nourishment through food, which is the strongest link between humans and nature, turns into a magical act in this novel. . . . We smell the odor seeping from the cinnamon jar, see the color of frying eggplants . . . the descriptions are so real that it is even possible to hear the sounds of the kitchen."--Posta Kitap "History, medicine, astrology, and gastronomy come together with a sense of curiosity, You'll relish reading about identities lost in love among the spices, scents, and all kinds of food."--Star Kitap
"Saygin Ersin takes you on a delightful historical journey where fantasy and fiction meet, but it isn't a meeting as you'd imagine! As we follow the protagonist, the Pasha of Cuisine, the novel takes us from a time where Ottoman palace cuisine has already become legendary to within the mysterious harem of Topkapi Palace."--Banyo Mutfak Dergisi
"A delicious novel! The Pasha of Cuisine ranges from the Topkapi Palace to Baghdad and Alexandria, and recounts a love story that isn't just delicious, but mysterious as well."Â Kitapeki
"A novel without precedent in Turkish publishing with a hero who is a cook and recounting tales of dishes and the kitchen. The Pasha of Cuisine may well be the first gastronomy novel in all of Turkish literature. Of course, there are novels with recipes in them, but this is the first Turkish one with such a sweeping story centered in the kitchen."--Besir Ayvazoglu, Turkist lyricist and author of Ask Estetigi.
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