Welcome! I’m Vidar, a Norwegian food writer based in Istanbul. This is the home for my writings and recipes in English.

I’ve published two cookbooks on the cuisine and food culture of Turkey and the Middle East with major Norwegian publishing house Cappelen Damm. The critically acclaimed Hummus & granateple (“Hummus & pomegranate”), came out in Norway in 2018, and is currently in its 7th print. The follow-up Aubergine & tahini came out in 2020, debuting at number two on the bestseller charts.

Since 2015, I’ve also regularly updated my award-winning Norwegian language blog Et kjøkken i Istanbul, sharing recipes and stories from Istanbul and Turkish/Middle Eastern food cultures.

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