Eat This Tumblr: Eating Turkey

A look into the fascinating world of Turkish cuisine, from late night pilaf carts to buttery phyllo pastries.

  • A late-night Nohutlu Pilav (rice and chickpea pilaf, eaten with chicken) cart on the Galata Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Katmer, a Turkish breakfast offering consisting of
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  • Karamanmaras Katmer with Dondurma:
  • Köfte:
  • Menemen, a Turkish breakfast staple of egg, onion, tomato, green pepper, and spices.
  • Köy Yumurtası, the classic Turkish breakfast of eggs and bread.
  • Açık Kaşarlı:
  • Etli Kuru Fasulye:
  • Elma Kurabiye: Apple Cookie
  • Zılbıt:
  • Ekşili Tavuk: Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Early morning markets in Sivas, Turkey.
  • Şambal:
  • The classic Turkish dessert pastry, baklava.

Before we proceed, it’s important to clarify that this Tumblr is not just photos of people eating Turkey. Eating Turkey is a sprawling display of Turkish cuisine, with snapshots of Turkish breakfast staples, late-night pilaf carts, and early morning farmers markets.

The blog is run by food and travel writer Robyn Eckhardt and seasoned photographer David Hagerman. Together, the superduo have contributed to New York TimesSaveurFood & WineAfar, and SBS Feast, among a multitude of other food, drink, and travel publications. They are based in Southeast Asia and spend at least five months each year in Turkey. In a blogosphere that is fettered with abroad college students’ wide-eyed travel blogs and amateur food photos, Eating Turkey sets itself apart with immaculate coverage of foreign culture and cuisine.

Click through the gallery above for a look at Eckhardt and Hagerman’s notes and images from Istanbul and beyond.  

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