After studying Byzantium history at Cambridge, the author Jason Goodwin contributed to our knowledge of the past, especially the East, with his book, ‘The Gunpowder Gardens or A Time For Tea: Travels in China and India in Search of Tea’. For this book, he used family history of China and India to reflect on the past with regards to tea. ‘On Foot to the Golden Horn’ is the results of his travel, on foot, walking to Istanbul from Poland; this won the John Llewellyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize in 1993. Following this, he published ‘Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire’. His fascination with the Ottomans has continued with a series of historical mysteries based in Istanbul, and a Turkish cookery book. the recipes in the book come from his Detective Yashim novels. Inspector Yashim is a eunuch living in Istanbul. Set in the latter years of the Ottoman Empire, 1830’s -1840s; the books are a delight, introducing the reader to Istanbul of that period with interesting plots imbued with authenticity and recipes. The newly published ‘Yashim Cooks Istanbul’ is not just an ordinary cookbook. Its recipes are a reflection of the wonderful rich cuisine of the Ottomans; that, if you look, can still be found in Istanbul. The book also contains extracts from the novels and is beautifully illustrated with early photographs and scenes reminiscent of that period. Both the series and this unusual Turkish cookery book are highly recommended reading.