Embark on a Culinary Adventure

At the heart of travel is increasingly a question of access:

How to access what the locals know? Access the secrets to where to eat, visit and discover less obvious gems.

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I highly recommend Eat Smart Culinary Travel Guidebooks if you love food, are traveling and want to do it like a local.  

Joan Peterson, author of the Eat Smart series designed for travelers and cookbook lovers, wrote guides to discover the cuisines of Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Sicily and Turkey. Joan has traveled extensively for many years, and leads culinary tours to Turkey, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Peru, and Sicily. 

I met Joan and her late husband David Peterson in 1993.  We arranged many ‘‘back of the house’ visits and cooking demonstrations at restaurants like Tugra in the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel and Beyti to name a few -  all of which have left a mark in Istanbul’s culinary history. 

One of my fondest memories with Joan and David in Istanbul is a delicious Turkish dinner we enjoyed with late Tugrul Savkay – legendary food columnist and critique who had a great influence on the evolution of Turkey’s culinary culture.  

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In December 2017, Gourmand World Cook Book Awards announced that the Eat Smart Culinary series has been awarded Best in the United States and will compete for Best in the World in May 2018 in China!  This is Joan’s well-deserved reward for pouring her passion and hard work into the Eat Smart series. The guides come in paperback, eBook and Kindle editions.

In addition to her books, The Eat Smart Abroad app helps travelers navigate the culinary scene on the go, answering questions like:

What are the best dishes in Turkey?

How to navigate a market in India?

How to order in Norwegian? 

Destinations covered include Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, Morocco, India, Sicily, Peru, France, Norway, and Germany, with more to come as the app updates. The app has a bi-lingual menu guide with a list of flavors and foods particular to the destination.

Hope you enjoy the guides as much as I have.

Wishing you all the best and much success with your business!

Esra Levent

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