Hello! / Merhaba!
Welcome to my blog about Turkish food & culture!
My name is Brittany and I am currently working on my MS in Nutrition and completing my dietetic internship with the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey. After living in Turkey for two years, I wanted to re-create Turkish food in the US. This blog contains a mix of traditional Turkish recipes, and some which I have modified to be healthier.
I first moved to Istanbul, Turkey for 8 months during my 3rd year of undergrad, During that time, I learned as much as I possibly could about Turkish food, especially from my internship with the Turkish Cultural Foundation's YESAM Culinary Arts Center. The next fall I returned to the U.S. to complete by BS in Nutrition. After graduating from Syracuse University in 2015, I moved back to Istanbul for a year, and completed the some of my MS coursework online.
When many people think of Turkish food, the image of spinning döner kebab comes to mind, but Turkish food is so much more than that. I hope that this blog can help to show the rich diversity of Turkish food beyond the stereotypical dishes.
The purpose of this blog is to: (1) teach about traditional Turkish food culture & recipes (2) offer ways to make simple, nutritionally-conscious versions of traditional Turkish foods in your own kitchen, regardless of where you live
I find recipes for this blog from mainly Turkish sources, and then translate them into English (and U.S. Measurements). I also write some recipes on my own, based on inspiration from living in Turkey. Every recipe that I post is something that I have made and tested.
While I will be offering healthy versions of many of the Turkish recipes, there are some things (like cookies!) which are best eaten as the original Turkish recipe intended.
Please contact me if you have any suggestions for recipes I should include in my blog or questions about the ones I have already posted!