Oklava and Kyseri are modern Turkish-Cypriot restaurants in London, with cooking from star chef Selin Kiazim.
Selin developed her love of cooking at an early age and her food takes inspiration from her Turkish-Cypriot heritage, focused around communal eating and encouraging conversations about food by sharing dishes between diners. She has worked for acclaimed chef Peter Gordon at The Providores in Marylebone, later becoming head chef at Kopapa in Covent Garden, before taking up residency at Trip Kitchen in Haggerston. Selin has been a finalist in the BBC's Great British Menu.
THE OKLAVA COOKBOOK was published in spring 2017 by Mitchell Beazley (Octopus).
With influences from the Mediterranean, Southern Europe and the Middle East, Turkish-Cypriot food offers incredible flavour combinations unique to its region. Oklava: The Cookbook celebrates the culinary delights of this area in a way no cookbook has done before.
Oklava translates simply as 'rolling pin'. For Selin Kiazim, this word conjures up memories of her Turkish-Cypriot grandmother: a rolling pin was never far from her hands, which meant a delicious treat was imminent. The same can be said for this book. These sensational recipes will take you on a journey from home-cooked meals and summers spent in North Cyprus to an exciting interpretation of modern Turkish-Cypriot cooking in London.
Bring the Oklava experience into your home with Turkish delights such as Pistachio-crusted Banana & Tahini French Toast with Orange Blossom Syrup & Smoked Streaky Bacon; Grilled Quails with Palm Sugar, Sumac & Oregano Glaze; Courgette, Feta & Mint Fritters; Crispy Pomegranate-Glazed Lamb Breast with Yoghurt; Chilli-Roast Cauliflower; and Chocolate, Prune & Cardamom Delice.
Praise for Oklava:
'Fantastic Turkish-Cypriot food' - Yotam Ottolenghi
'Welcome to the extremely tasty world of modern Turkish-Cypriot food - what a stunning and beautiful book' - Peter Gordon
'This woman can bloody cook' - Grace Dent, Evening Standard
'Keep an eye out for Selin Kiazim, because she is going places, in every conceivable way' - Giles Coren, The Times
'Swoon' - Time Out London