One of the newest cookbooks in our collection won’t be found in the second floor stacks, but in our audiovisual department on the lower level. Kalamazoo area chef and food historian Channon Mondoux has written Celebration at the Sarayi: Reliving a Feast in the Palace of Suleyman the Magnificent. This electronic cookbook brings to life the beautiful and sumptuous cuisine of 16th century Ottoman Turkey.
Mondoux’s years of research — including an ongoing study of the Turkish language — has resulted in 72 recipes for appetizers, main courses and desserts, including qatlami boregi, a tasty feta-walnut pastry that was popular with guests at the program and book signing on May 21. Video clips enhance some of the recipes. For instance, you can see how to stuff grape leaves with lamb and plums for etli yaprak dolmasi. Audio narration, notes and historic images further enhance the book, making this more of an experience, than merely a collection of recipes.
About the format: This is not an audiobook, nor is it something to load on a Kindle or Sony Reader. The entire book is in Adobe PDF on a CD. All you need is a computer with Adobe Acrobat Reader version 9.0., which is a free download. This will work on Macintosh or Windows platforms.
Here’s a video from Mondoux’s program at KPL on May 21:
Celebration at the Sarayi: reliving a feast in the palace of Süleyman the Magnificent