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Hey, there!

I’m Vidar. For the past few years, I’ve been exploring the foods of Turkey, the Middle East and beyond from my house in Balat, Istanbul. Let me show you around!

My books

I’ve published two books on Turkish and Middle Eastern food, available in Norwegian and German.

Popular

    Ayran (Turkish yoghurt drink) - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul
    İzmir köfte (Turkish meatballs with potato and tomato sauce) - recipe / A kitchen in Istanbul
Vidar Bergum sitting on front porch in front of his house, reading a book and drinking tea with a street cat eating in front

No e-books. Just inspiring emails.

Get delicious recipes &
fascinating stories
from
the heart of Istanbul
in my monthly newsletter.

If you have a question or comment on a particular recipe, please leave a comment under the post in question. I monitor comments and reply as soon as I can. This way, other readers with the same question also benefit!

For any other questions, please send me an e-mail and I’ll get back to you if relevant.

Vidar Bergum sitting on front porch in front of his house, reading a book and drinking tea with a street cat eating in front

No e-books. Just inspiring emails.

Get delicious recipes & fascinating stories from the heart of Istanbul in my monthly newsletter.
Vidar Bergum sitting on front porch in front of his house, reading a book and drinking tea with a street cat eating in front

No e-books. Just inspiring emails.

Get delicious recipes &
fascinating stories
from
the heart of Istanbul
in my monthly newsletter.