Join two-time Saveur award winner Robyn Eckhardt, travel photographer David Hagerman, and award-winning food writer Helen Rosner in celebrating the release of Robyn's first book, Istanbul & Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey. Istanbul & Beyond documents regional cuisines and life in the villages, cities, farms, and high pastures of the lesser-known provinces throughout Turkey.
Robyn has stumbled upon these recipes over the past twenty years and traveled over 13,000 miles along the backroads of Turkey. Istanbul & Beyond is her and David's snapshot of Turkey’s glorious culinary abundance.
Robyn and David's talk will be followed by an informal reception featuring Turkish bites from Cinar Turkish Restaurant, Turkish wine from Vinkara Wines, Brooklyn Brewery beer, and a book signing.
About Robyn Eckhardt
Robyn Eckhardt’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Food & Wine. Her food blog, EatingAsia, is a two-time Saveur award winner and has been praised by the New York Times, Food 52, and The Splendid Table.
About David Hagerman
David Hagerman is an award-winning American food and travel photographer based in northern Italy. His editorial work includes assignments for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Lucky Peach and The Economist. Between 2011 and 2015 David spent sixteen months in Turkey, documenting farm-to-table food culture for the cookbook Istanbul and Beyond. When not on assignment, David teaches photography workshops in Italy, Turkey, and Asia. Follow his travels on Instagram @DaveHagerman.
About Helen Rosner
Helen Rosner is a New York-based writer and editor. She has chronicled the modern era of food and dining culture as an editor at New York Magazine, Saveur, and Eater, where she launched the publication’s James Beard- and National Magazine Award-winning features and long-form department, served as executive editor, and hosted the interview podcast The Eater Upsell. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Racked, The Awl, Afar, and more. Her 2015 essay “On Chicken Tenders,” published in Guernica, has been widely anthologized, and was the winner of the James Beard Award for Personal Essay.
About Cinar Turkish Restaurant
As executive chef of Cinar Turkish Restaurant in Emerson, Yilmaz Ucar has been praised by NJ Advance Media for his “flair for food with roots deep in his homeland.” Ucar earned a culinary-arts degree from Anadolu University in his native Turkey, and has cooked in restaurants in Moscow, Ukraine, and Manhattan. His authentic and modern fare have turned Cinar into a North Jersey dining destination; the group also has locations in Cliffside Park and West Caldwell.
About Vinkara Wines
Vinkara’s winemaking philosophy is to introduce and build awareness of indigenous Anatolian grapes and their unique tastes to the world by working with indigenous varieties ideally suited to their sites, soils and climate.
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