A Recipe for Daphne

Nektaria Anastasiadou


February 2nd 2021

An American-born traveler to one of Istanbul’s oldest communities receives an unexpected welcome in this heart-warming and romantic debut.

Fanis is at the center of a dwindling yet stubbornly proud community of Rum, Greek Orthodox Christians, who have lived in Istanbul for centuries.

When Daphne, the American-born niece of an old friend, arrives in the city in search of her roots, she is met with a hearty welcome. Fanis is smitten by the beautiful and aloof outsider, who, despite the age difference, reminds him of the fiancée he lost in the 1955 pogrom.

Kosmas, a master pastry chef on the lookout for a good Rum wife, also falls instantly for Daphne. She is intrigued by him, but can she love him in return? Or will a family secret, deeply rooted in the painful history of the city itself, threaten their chances?
This story of love, hopeful beginnings, and ancient traditions introduces a sparkling new literary voice sure to transport and entertain.



"Nektaria Anastasiadou’s debut novel 'A Recipe for Daphne' visits the ghosts of the past, including those of September 6-7, 1955, but comes out unhaunted and hopeful . . . A delightful tale that combines the tragic secrets of the past with hopes for the future . . . a book of secrets, confrontations and complex identities."— Nazlan Ertan, Duvar English

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Nektaria Anastasiadou

Nektaria Anastasiadou is the 2019 winner of the Zografeios Agon, a Greek-language literary award founded in 19th-century Constantinople. Her writing has appeared in Al-Monitor, Daily Sabah, Mashallah News, The Shanghai Literary Review, Ruminate, and other literary journals. She received an honorable mention in Ruminate’s 2015 Short Fiction Contest and Glimmer Train’s Spring 2017 New Writer Contest. She lives in Istanbul.

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  • February 2nd 2021
  • $16.95 / £10.99 / LE250
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9789774169793

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