Turkish cuisine after kebab and baklava

First Lady of Turkey Emine Erdogan

To present the richness and diversity of Turkish gastronomy to Filipinos, Ambassador of Turkey Artemiz Sumer hosted a wonderful lunch at her official residence, to celebrate the first-ever Turkish Cuisine Week. It was organized under the leadership of Turkey’s First Lady Emine Erdogan, with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

During Turkish Cuisine Week, the book “Turkish Cuisine with Timeless Recipes” was launched. This historical cookbook, prepared under the patronage of First Lady Erdoğan, was written in collaboration with well-known Turkish chefs, along with leading culinary experts and culinary historians.

Turkish Cuisine Week was organized simultaneously in Turkey and in Turkish diplomatic missions around the world.

Turkish Ambassador Artmez Sumer
Turkish Ambassador Artmez Sumer

Although Filipinos may only be familiar with some Turkish dishes, such as kebabs and baklava, Turkish cuisine is actually one of the most famous in the world.


The roots of Turkish culinary culture can be traced back to the 15th century, through several Ottoman cookbooks, and it has been enriched by many different cultures and traditions.

Guests were welcomed in a warm and elegant atmosphere decorated with the famous Iznik pottery in blue and turquoise (by the way, the word “turquoise” comes from the old French word “turquoise” or “Turkish”, since Turkey is the region of extraction of this beautiful stone as well as the week of Turkish cuisine, leading First Lady Erdoğan also has other initiatives in Turkey, including Come On Girls Let’s Go To School, which aims to provide 100 percent education for girls and promote gender equality; the Rainforest Project, which aims to expand green spaces in Turkey; and the Zero Waste project Which aims to eliminate all waste, especially the types that pollute the environment, through recycling and other means.

The Zero Waste project received awards last year from UNDP and UN-Habitat. It was also included in the OECD Country Report in 2019 as a promising project. Recently, she was honored by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean. —INQ booster

Gambian Consul Agnes Hoibonhwa, Third Secretary of Turkey Zeki Koçuk
Gambian Consul Agnes Hoibonhwa, Third Secretary of Turkey Zeki Koçuk
Cover of the book “Turkish Cuisine with Timeless Recipes”
Jordanian Consul Michael Ang, Angolan Consul Helen Aung
Consul General of Monaco Fortune Alita Ledesma and Edith Lorenzana

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