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SPLENDOR & PAGEANTRY / Textile Treasures from the Armenian Orthodox Chuches of Istanbul

SPLENDOR & PAGEANTRY / Textile Treasures from the Armenian Orthodox Chuches of Istanbul
Ronald T. Marchese, Marlene R. Breu, İstanbul Ermeni Patrikliği

1st edition: 2010 | Book size: 23x32 cm | Price: 170 TL | ISBN: 9789944424783 |

This collection of textile treasures of the Armenian Churches of Istanbul is being introduced to world textile historians and art lovers for the very first time. Like the items the book introduces, the book too is a treasure, not only for textile historians, but anyone cultivating an interest in the culture, art and religious forms of Anatolia and Anatolian Armenians.

Over 170 plates illustrate the textile treasury of the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul that have been executed in embroidery, appliqué, techniques of textile printing, and painting.

We are amazed by the love, devotion and unique experiences that women artisans stitched into these pieces, while a closer look leads us to understand that their artistic visions were rooted in, and developed out of, Eastern traditions. The book also provides a brief historical background of the Istanbul Patriarchate and its Istanbul churches, discusses the iconographies of the objects and describes their techniques of production. The reference catalogue is highly useful as a reference for scholars, while the translations of the inscriptions on the pieces open a window to all readers onto the personal lives of the people who contracted and gifted these items to the Church.

International Menus for the Globetrotter

International Menus for the Globetrotter
Dolores Freely

1st edition: 2010 | Book size: 14x21 cm | Price: 19 TL | ISBN: 9789944424745 |

A traveller and lover of good food, Dolores Freely has spent most of her life living in various parts of the world, collecting recipes and preparing and serving her guests her favorite finds. The consummate global hostess, Freely's easy manner and gentle instructions take the mystery out of preparing many international favorites. This book eases the way for those who might be hesitant on throwing a dinner or cocktail party, for the complete menus offer step-by-step instructions that will guide the cook from soup and starters to desserts. The menus include selections from a wide variety of food cultures and tastes, with full menus from Central and Northern Europe, France, the Mediterranean, Off-Continent (America and Russia) and a variety of menus from Asia. Having lived for many years in Turkey, Freely also includes directions for preparing the traditional drinking (rakı) table of Istanbul, replete with a wide variety of the small, drink-accompanying dishes called meze. Vegetarians are not forgotten and Freely also gives us high tea and brunch offerings. The recipes in International Menus for the Globetrotter are built on readily-available ingredients and long experience with entertaining guests with unique and tasty dishes. These recipes are “home cooking” for those whose homes may be in any corner of the globe.

Three-Way Mirror: Istanbul, Athens, Rome

Three-Way Mirror: Istanbul, Athens, Rome
MICHAEL KUSER

1st edition: 2010 | Book size: 14x21 cm | Price: 20 TL | ISBN: 9789944424721 |

"As the Bosporus sweeps all before it down to the sea, always water but different water, so does the cast of characters in the city change over time, always people but different people." This turn-of-the-millennium portrait weaves together there light-hearted tales of Rome, Athens and Istanbul. Here are the Colosseum, the Parthenon and Hagia Sophia, yet the characters shows sides of each city that the casual visitor would never see. Fascinating fun.A Polish musician teaches a Georgian refugee how to beg on the streets of Rome; a Russian barmaid ducks a police shootout in Athens; a Kyrgyz madman climbs trees to watch eagles fly over the Bosporus. The magical blend of art and politics illustrates the clash of cultures in Europe, and its easy style lets you toss the heavy mantle of history in air like a scarf in the wind.