Privacy Policy

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Last updated: 4 May 2024.

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal data. Here’s our privacy policy, which outlines how we protect the data that we may collect from you and how we use it in order to provide a user friendly experience when you visit (formerly

This Privacy Policy describes the policies of A kitchen in Istanbul / Vidar Bergum, Istanbul, Turkey, email: [email protected] on the collection, use and disclosure of your information that we collect when you use our website ( ). (the “Service”). By accessing or using the Service, you are consenting to the collection, use and disclosure of your information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If you do not consent to the same, please do not access or use the Service.

We may modify this Privacy Policy at any time without any prior notice to you and will post the revised Privacy Policy on the Service. The revised Policy will be effective immediately when the revised Policy is posted in the Service and your continued access or use of the Service after such time will constitute your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy. We therefore recommend that you periodically review this page.

Who we are

This website is run by Vidar Bergum out of Istanbul, Turkey. He is the controller and responsible for your personal data. If you have any questions please contact us.

This Cookie Policy explains what cookies are and how we use them, the types of cookies we use i.e, the information we collect using cookies and how that information is used, and how to control the cookie preferences.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. They are stored on your device when the website is loaded on your browser. These cookies help us make the website function properly, make it more secure, provide better user experience, and understand how the website performs and to analyze what works and where it needs improvement.

How do we use cookies?

As most of the online services, our website uses first-party and third-party cookies for several purposes. First-party cookies are mostly necessary for the website to function the right way, and they do not collect any of your personally identifiable data.

The third-party cookies used on our website are mainly for understanding how the website performs, how you interact with our website, keeping our services secure, providing advertisements that are relevant to you, and all in all providing you with a better and improved user experience and help speed up your future interactions with our website.

What types of cookies do we use?

Essential: Some cookies are essential for you to be able to experience the full functionality of our site. They allow us to maintain user sessions and prevent any security threats. They do not collect or store any personal information.

Statistics: These cookies store information like the number of visitors to the website, the number of unique visitors, which pages of the website have been visited, the source of the visit, etc. These data help us understand and analyse how well the website performs and where it needs improvement.

Marketing: Our website may in the future display advertisements. Cookies may be used to personalise the advertisements that we show to you so that they are meaningful to you. These cookies also help us keep track of the efficiency of these ad campaigns.

The information stored in these cookies may also be used by the third-party ad providers to show you ads on other websites on the browser.

Functional: These are the cookies that help certain non-essential functionalities on our website. Some functionalities on the website, such as video or social sharing content, may not function properly if disabled.

Preferences: These cookies help us store your settings and browsing preferences like language preferences so that you have a better and efficient experience on future visits to the website.

Should you decide to change your preferences later through your browsing session, you can click on the “Update Privacy Settings” at the bottom of the page. This will display the consent notice again enabling you to change your preferences or withdraw your consent entirely.

In addition to this, different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block/delete the cookies. To find out more about how to manage and delete cookies, visit,

How we share your information with third parties

In order to improve the contents of the blog and any marketing campaigns, we currently use the following services, further details of which are set out below:

Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of personalised advertising by visiting Ads Settings. Read more about how Google uses information from this site.

The data collected from Google, Facebook and Microsoft services are only used in aggregates for analytical and marketing purposes. It is not possible for us to identify individuals or track your personal browsing. It is also not possible – or desirable – for us to target marketing campaigns at you individually.

We use to improve user experience through search, saving recipes in your own cookbooks and enabling more relevant marketing. Some functions, including but not limited to print friendly versions of recipes, may require signing up to and our email newsletter.

We use Substack to administer and send our newsletters. As such, Substack may store data about you. Previously we used MailerLite and Mailchimp for the same purpose. Data on these platforms have been deleted.

We use ConvertBox for sign-up forms throughout the website. ConvertBox does not store any personal data. Previously we used Convert Pro and Thrive Leads for the same purpose. Data on these platforms have been deleted.

We use Mediavine to provide programmatic advertising throughout this website. Please see information about data collection relating to this at the end of this privacy policy.

If you leave a comment, you will have the option of saving your name, email address and website. This is for your own convenience, and the cookies will last for one year. The information is not retained by us.

We reserve the right to change service providers at our own will and in our own time, but commit to only use service providers who comply with relevant privacy regulations.

We require such third parties to use the personal information we transfer to them only for the purpose for which it was transferred and not to retain it for longer than is required for fulfilling the said purpose.

We may also disclose your personal information for the following: (1) to comply with applicable law, regulation, court order or other legal process; (2) to enforce your agreements with us, including this Privacy Policy; or (3) to respond to claims that your use of the Service violates any third-party rights. If the Service or our company is merged or acquired with another company, your information will be one of the assets that is transferred to the new owner.

We reserve the right to regularly back up the database stored by third party providers, including storing locally and through cloud services.

Your rights

Depending on the law that applies, you may have a right to access and rectify or erase your personal data or receive a copy of your personal data, restrict or object to the active processing of your data, ask us to share (port) your personal information to another entity, withdraw any consent you provided to us to process your data, a right to lodge a complaint with a statutory authority and such other rights as may be relevant under applicable laws. To exercise these rights, you can write to us at [email protected]. We will respond to your request in accordance with applicable law.

Do note that if you do not allow us to collect or process the required personal information or withdraw the consent to process the same for the required purposes, you may not be able to access or use the services for which your information was sought.

Retention and disclosures of personal data

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purpose it was collected for. Your personal data will never be used for another purpose than it was collected for. We will never sell your data to third parties. We reserve the right to retain and use non-personal data collected for research or statistical purposes indefinitely.

Some data, including that collected in relation to the newsletter, analytics and marketing, is collected and retained by third party providers. These providers collect, retain and delete the data in accordance with their own privacy policies. We only ever use serious providers that are well-known in the market and comply with relevant regulations.

The only personal data we collect which can identify you, is the information you choose to provide to our newsletter provider. If you have unsubscribed and wish to ensure your data is completely deleted, please contact us directly.


The security of your information is important to us and we will use reasonable security measures to prevent the loss, misuse or unauthorized alteration of your information under our control. However, given the inherent risks, we cannot guarantee absolute security and consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk.

Data protection officer

If you have any queries or concerns about the processing of your information that is available with us, you may email our Grievance Officer at Vidar Bergum, Istanbul, Türkiye, email: [email protected]. We will address your concerns in accordance with applicable law.

Changes to the privacy policy

This privacy policy may be updated from time to time. Please check back regularly to stay informed about how we collected, retain and use your personal data. The date of the latest update is listed at the top of this page.

Acceptance of the privacy policy

By browsing this website, you are deemed to agree to and accept the version of our privacy policy that is in place at that time.

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising

For information regarding data collection by Mediavine ad partners including how to opt out of data collection, please click here.

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)

The Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at All About Cookies.

Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.

The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:

  • IP Address
  • Operating System type
  • Operating System version
  • Device Type
  • Language of the website
  • Web browser type
  • Email (in hashed form)

Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.

If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit National Advertising Initiative opt out page. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance website and Network Advertising Initiative website to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at Digital Advertising Alliance’s AppChoices app to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

For specific information about Mediavine Partners, the data each collects and their data collection and privacy policies, please visit Mediavine Partners.

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