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‘Cyprus – a Culi­nary Jour­ney’ is the first Ger­man-lan­guage book for afi­ciona­dos of culi­nary travel, cre­ated by Mar­ilena Joan­nides, Franz Keller, Markus Bassler, Mar­i­anne Salentin-Träger and other con­nois­seurs

The Ger­man edi­tion is pub­lished by Call­wey, Mu­nich, while the English edi­tion, pub­lished by C&C Frankfurt, was pre­sented by the CTO at an event last week that took place at the Filox­e­nia cen­tre in Nicosia. The book (“Ver­führerisches Zypern” in Ger­man) por­trays, in its out-of-the-or­di­nary way, en­coun­ters with the peo­ple, cul­ture, na­ture and tra­di­tions of this fas­ci­nat­ing Mediter­ranean is­land. Lav­ish il­lus­tra­tions, en­chant­ing sto­ries and re­portage in­vite the reader, over 336 pages, to go on a wholly ex­cep­tional culi­nary jour­ney through Aphrodite’s isle.

Culi­nary ex­pert Mar­ilena Joan­nides and top chef Franz Keller re­searched around 70 recipes, partly cre­ated anew and per­son­ally pre­pared. The lay­out was ar­ranged by graphic de­signer Oliver Hick­Schulz and vi­su­alised by lead­ing gourmet-food pho­tog­ra­pher Markus Bassler. The book fea­tures out­stand­ing por­traits by pho­tog­ra­pher Anja Jahn and cap­ti­vat­ing re­portage by au­thor Rita Henss that arose dur­ing their joint vis­its to peo­ple’s homes, kitchens and work­places. In a sep­a­rate chap­ter on wine, som­melière Astrid Zieglmeier de­votes her time to the is­land’s wine cel­lars, with their in­dige­nous va­ri­eties of grape. Through chang­ing sea­sons, the team of culi­nary ex­perts spent 150 days to­gether with the coun­try and its peo­ple.

The idea for this book orig­i­nated dur­ing a pho­to­graphic jour­ney taken by Markus Bassler and Mar­i­anne Salentin-Träger through Cyprus. En­thused by the coun­try and its in­hab­i­tants, a team of ex­perts sub­se­quently formed around the ed­i­tor: “The con­cept is just what a coun­try and its hos­pi­tal­ity de­serve. That’s shown not least in the work put into the pho­tos, the choice of pa­per, the print­ing and the mak­ing of the fin­ished prod­uct – un­com­pro­mis­ing and sim­ple: the best of ev­ery­thing!” The book was printed in 5,000 copies and sells for 40 euros. For in­for­ma­tion visit or www.face­

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