Host: Selda

Istanbul, Turkey

USD
$50-$84 per person

Fresh, seasonal Turkish cuisine with a twist

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Street food tour

Meet Selda

Selda's father was an excellent cook. Originally from the Black Sea region of Turkey, he fed the family plenty of fish and only the freshest vegetables. Selda remembers him cooking chestnuts on a wood stove in the family home, and omelets that were so beautifully presented that they could have been mistaken for works for art. He believed cooking was a form of personal expression. Selda inherited her father's love of the kitchen - and then some.

Selda prides herself on her healthy take on traditional Turkish recipes cooked with seasonal ingredients. She also likes trying out non-traditional ingredients like quinoa. She has been experimenting with healthy cooking for several years and is working to open a food studio where she will entertain friends and hold workshops. Don't expect common kebabs and other heavy meat dishes at Selda's - she showcases the real foods that Turks eat on a daily basis, with a healthy twist.

A warm and inviting host, Selda loves to entertain and get to know new people.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) You'll be warmly welcomed into Selda's tastefully decorated apartment in the upscale neighborhood of Ulus. You can't miss the beautiful views of the Bosphorus from the floor to ceiling windows.

Your meal might start with a soup (warm in winter or chilled in summer), and then you'll taste dishes like Selda's savory karnıyarık (eggplant stuffed with minced meat and vegetables, on top of pillowy bulgur wheat), zeytinyağlı taze fasulye (green beans cooked in olive oil, a Turiksh staple), börek filled with chard (a recipe passed down from her husband's mother), all accompanied by a garden-fresh salad.

Cooking experience: (2-3 guests) Join Selda in her modern kitchen for a hands-on lesson of a few of her favorite seasonal recipes. As you cook together she'll tell you about the origins of the dishes she prepares and how she experiments with incorporating non-traditional ingredients to create her signature cooking style.

Notes: Due to space constraints, Selda can only offer cooking lessons to groups of 2-3 people.

Traveler reviews

It was delightful to meet Selda and her family, and to have such a delicious meal in her beautiful home, overlooking the Bosphorus Straight. She was an excellent, gracious hostess. It was great to meet her family and enjoy her scrumptious offerings. - Theresa

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Selda

$50-$84 USD

per person
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Meet Selda

Selda's father was an excellent cook. Originally from the Black Sea region of Turkey, he fed the family plenty of fish and only the freshest vegetables. Selda remembers him cooking chestnuts on a wood stove in the family home, and omelets that were so beautifully presented that they could have been mistaken for works for art. He believed cooking was a form of personal expression. Selda inherited her father's love of the kitchen - and then some.

Selda prides herself on her healthy take on traditional Turkish recipes cooked with seasonal ingredients. She also likes trying out non-traditional ingredients like quinoa. She has been experimenting with healthy cooking for several years and is working to open a food studio where she will entertain friends and hold workshops. Don't expect common kebabs and other heavy meat dishes at Selda's - she showcases the real foods that Turks eat on a daily basis, with a healthy twist.

A warm and inviting host, Selda loves to entertain and get to know new people.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) You'll be warmly welcomed into Selda's tastefully decorated apartment in the upscale neighborhood of Ulus. You can't miss the beautiful views of the Bosphorus from the floor to ceiling windows.

Your meal might start with a soup (warm in winter or chilled in summer), and then you'll taste dishes like Selda's savory karnıyarık (eggplant stuffed with minced meat and vegetables, on top of pillowy bulgur wheat), zeytinyağlı taze fasulye (green beans cooked in olive oil, a Turiksh staple), börek filled with chard (a recipe passed down from her husband's mother), all accompanied by a garden-fresh salad.

Cooking experience: (2-3 guests) Join Selda in her modern kitchen for a hands-on lesson of a few of her favorite seasonal recipes. As you cook together she'll tell you about the origins of the dishes she prepares and how she experiments with incorporating non-traditional ingredients to create her signature cooking style.

Notes: Due to space constraints, Selda can only offer cooking lessons to groups of 2-3 people.

Traveler reviews

It was delightful to meet Selda and her family, and to have such a delicious meal in her beautiful home, overlooking the Bosphorus Straight. She was an excellent, gracious hostess. It was great to meet her family and enjoy her scrumptious offerings. - Theresa

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$72 $62 $50
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $84 Not offered
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 8:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:30pm-9:30pm
Host Contact
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