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Jennifer Hattam

Jennifer Hattam

Jennifer, one of CB’s Turkey correspondents, is a freelance journalist originally from San Francisco and based since 2008 in Istanbul, where she writes about arts and culture, the environment, food and drink, politics and society, travel, and urban issues while exploring the many corners of the city. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic's CityLab, The Christian Science Monitor, Cornucopia, Discover, GOOD, The National, Sierra, Wired, Women's Running, Yale Environment 360, and Zester Daily, among many other publications. When she’s not writing, you’ll likely find her hiking, running, cooking, gallery-hopping, or taking the night bus on a new adventure in Turkey.

Recent stories by Jennifer Hattam

August 20, 2020

Building Blocks: Simit, Turkey’s Lord of the (Bread) Rings

Istanbul |
Istanbul -- Sold by roving vendors, street carts and bakeries, spread with a triangle of soft cheese or tossed to circling seagulls from the ferry, the humble simit has become a quintessential symbol of Istanbul – and of Turkey more broadly. But there’s more to this sesame-coated bread ring that it may at first appear, as demonstrated by the reactions last autumn to a piece of unexpected news from abroad. Read more
December 12, 2019

Fish Out of Water: An Iconic Istanbul Sandwich’s Uncertain Future

Istanbul |
Istanbul -- On a blustery, drizzly winter afternoon in Istanbul, Muhittin Öztürk swipes his cell phone until he finds the photo he’s looking for: three men clad in blue aprons, standing behind a grill inside a small fishing boat. “That one’s my father, that one’s my uncle,” Öztürk says, pointing at the image. “This is the culture I come from.” Read more
December 5, 2018

A New LIFE: Helping Refugees Become Food Entrepreneurs

Istanbul |
Istanbul -- In happier times in Aleppo, a sweet drink called sharab al-louz – made with almond extract, milk and sugar – was a staple at celebratory events such as engagement parties and weddings, Ammar Rida recalls. That was before he had to leave his job as a lecturer at the University of Aleppo and flee Syria lest he be conscripted to fight in the war that has been ravaging his country for the past seven years. Read more
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