Silvena Rowe is Chef Patron of The May Fair Hotel where, following a multimillion-pound refurbishment, her new flagship restaurant Quince opened its doors in June 2011. She is also an established and distinctive TV presence, making regular appearances on the hugely popular BBC programme Saturday Kitchen and ITV’s This Morning. She has recently filmed the pilot Time Machine Chefs for ABC in America, in which she will be one of the judges.
With a love of cooking instilled in her by her Turkish father and by her upbringing in the ancient city of Plovdiv, just 500km from the ancient Ottoman capital of Constantinople, Silvena is uniquely placed to enthuse the widest possible audience of food lovers and travellers with her passion for the best of the eastern Mediterranean kitchen.
Silvena was formerly the executive chef at the Baltic Group restaurants, including London’s Baltic, Chez Kristoff and Wodka restaurants, and her diverse experience with food ranges from working in conjunction with major brands such as Waitrose to writing for the Guardian, and to working on David Cronenberg’s film Eastern Promises. Silvena’s first book, Feasts, won a prestigious Glenfiddich Food and Drink award, and in 2010 Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume won the Gourmand award for the best book on Mediterranean cuisine. Her latest book Orient Express is published by Hutchinson.
ORIENT EXPRESS – Buy it here
Following her acclaimed Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume, Silvena Rowe turns her focus to the delicious small dishes that you would find in the bustling street markets of Damascus or Istanbul – koftes, falafels and pilafs – as well as delicious puddings such as vanilla baklava, and chocolate and pistachio mousse.
In this treasure trove of a book she presents 100 light, enticing new recipes, perfectly balanced for mezze-style summer meals. This is a cuisine both for celebrating and sharing: Ottoman-inspired food, based around stunning combinations of sweet and sour – honey and cinnamon, saffron and sumac -and given a brilliant modern twist by one of the most exciting chefs working in Britain today.
Silvena Rowe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the foods and culinary traditions of the eastern Mediterranean. Her cooking is light and the presentation of her dishes is elegant and sophisticated, while the flavours are powerful and the textures balanced. Her enthusiasm for the food of her heritage is evident on every page.
PUBLISHER: Interlink Books
PUBLICATION DATE:31st of August 2014
PURPLE CITRUS & SWEET PERFUME – Buy it here
Silvena Rowe invites you on a journey through Oriental Mediterranean history, sampling some of the best-kept secrets of the culinary world along the way. The olive, rosemary and basil of the west are here combined with the exotic spices of the east, for a contemporary cuisine of surprising lightness and variety – proof, if proof were needed, that there is more to the Mediterranean than just Italy and France.
It’s food for sharing, food for healthy living, food for celebrating – and above all it’s delicious! Silvena Rowe gives her own modern twist to the classic recipes of a rich tradition, following in the footsteps of the great Ottoman chefs who combined the sweet and the sour, the fresh and the dried, the honey and cinnamon, saffron and sumac, scented rose and orange flower waters.
Presenting mouth-watering recipes alongside stunning photography, Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume brings to life the natural beauty and irresistible flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean.
PUBLICATION DATE: 3rd June 2010