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12 reasons to buy a one-way ticket to Turkey

It’s the birthplace of baklava, Turkish baths and (weirdly) Saint Nicholas; the namesake of America’s native bird; and the setting for Shane Delia’s latest Spice Journey. If you need more excuses to become an expat, read on.
1. You can conquer the king (prawn)When Julius Caesar overthrew the Turkish kingdom of Pontus, he said, “Veni, vidi, vici” (translation: “I came, I saw, I conquered”). To feel equally triumphant, we suggest you cook, and swiftly devour, Somer...

Our best celebrity chef recipes

Over the years, we've collected prized recipes from all the big guns, including Heston's perfect mash, Madhur Jaffrey's masala roasted chicken, and Margaret Fulton's ricotta pancakes with fig jam. Take this hotlist into the kitchen.
1. Rachel Khoo's boeuf bourguignon with baguette dumplings"Each region in France uses their own local red wine for this dish, so you don't need to use a bottle of Burgundy! Dumplings made from leftover baguettes make a great alternative to...

16 OMG meals for the part-time vegetarian

Flirting with vegetarianism is cheap, colourful, and generally leaves you feeling like you've done yourself a solid. We've harvested our most impressive meat-free meals, in the hopes that your dalliance with veg is an ongoing one.
1. This is what morning glory looks likeIt's no bacon-and-egg roll, but that's the beauty part! Iranian white zucchini omelette with mint and melting cheese can be made with almost any mix of vegies and herbs. White zucchini (deceivingly pale...

Shane Delia's tales from the road

Check in weekly for Shane's travel diaries, in which he shares behind-the-scenes antics, and what didn't quite make it into the show.
Ep 1 – Istanbul's hidden secrets[[{"fid":"34670","view_mode":"full","type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]]I met some amazing people who, like Ataturk, unveiled Istanbul for me and let me see her real beauty. From the...

Why the French do it best

We've gobbled our fair share of tacos, and slurped pho with the best of 'em, but when it comes to a special occasion, French cuisine still wins out. Forget the berets and clichéd croissants, this Bastille Day we’re going for all out indulgence.
1. Style is in the subtletiesFrench fashion icon Coco Chanel instructed: “Less is always more”, and when it comes to dressing – both outfits and oysters – we tend to agree. This seafood starter from Feast magazine is trimmed with champagne...