Books & Lit,  Food & Drink

Steering the stomach straight.


There are three things in life that really burn my butt. Number one is when somebody comes up with a great idea that I wish I’d had. Number two is when I couldn’t have done a better job myself. Number three is a fire about 1 meter high. Anyway, I guess I’m about to put an evil eye on Ansel Mullins and Yigal Schleifer because their guide book Istanbul Eats — Exploring The Culinary Backstreets has achieved number one and two and managed to light a fire under my behind.

Generally, I’m not a fan of guidebooks. I don’t like the small print or the attempt to be an authority to a broad range of people with vastly different tastes. Fortunately these authors took a specific subject close to their hearts (and closer to their stomachs) and executed it brilliantly. Istanbul is full of great places to eat, but they’re not always easy to find and you’re easily overwhelmed with choice. These two devoted foodies beat the city streets, neighborhood by neighborhood, to provide insightful write ups on the places you shouldn’t miss. And, yes, there are even maps. Published and attractively designed by Boyut this handy guide should just about fit into your back pocket—at least, before lunch.

The guide seems to be a big hit locally, with the English edition in its third printing and the Turkish edition in its fourth. There’s also a website, which I’ve added to my links section.


If you want to order the book, go here.