BEYOND THE SULTAN'S TABLE
The Fabulous Turkish Cuisine
Hugo N. Gerstl
Beyond the Sultan's Table is a celebration of Turkish cookery, one of the three major cuisines of the world – and one of the healthiest. However, this book is so much more than its 260 authentic, kitchen-tested recipes – it is the perfect guide to Turkish history, to a wonderful vacation in Turkey, and to the Turkish culture as seen through the eyes of one of its major historical figures. It is the most comprehensive Turkish cookbook, consisting of separate sections: Appetizers; Soups; Salads; Fish; Egg Dishes; Chicken; Meat Dishes; Vegetable Dishes; Rice & Dough Dishes; and Final Temptations. Each of the recipes is guaranteed to transport the reader to an exotic land, without sacrificing tastes that are both familiar and appetizing. The book includes numerous photographs of dishes, historical sites, and Turkey’s enchanting scenery.
Hugo N. Gerstl was President of a mid-sized American cookbook publisher from 1996 to 2001, a firm that produced over 30 popular, highly acclaimed cookbooks and guidebooks, a PMA Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Medal Winner, and wrote the much-treasured Cooking with the Masters of Food and Wine.
The author has been a nationally known trial lawyer for 38 years and is presently senior partner of Gerstl & Hudson in Monterey, California. Along the way, he served as an Air Force attorney in Turkey, where he was captured by the temptations of the fabulous Turkish cuisine, and twice won the Air Force Commendation Medal. The author was a licensed pilot and flew his own plane for 14 (happy) years.
The author and his wife Lorraine, a teacher at world-renowned Santa Catalina School and a published cookbook writer in her own right, have raised five (now adult) children. They live on central California’s Monterey Peninsula and have indulged their life’s passion by traveling in depth around the world.