Elvan Uysal Bottoni is an author and columnist, born in Turkey and currently living in Italy. She has penned several books, including “Üzümler ve İnsanlar”, which is a book on Italian wine makers, children’s books on cooking to raise children’s ecological awareness on the food and ingredients they consume, and Italian cookbooks titled “Emma Teyze’nin Kitabı” and “Mamma Mia!”. She also writes a weekly column on olive oil for the Turkish newspaper “Hürriyet”.
*Çiğ köfte: Turkish style raw meatballs
They say we only are separated by seven people from anybody, anywhere in world. This could be true. On the other hand, we only have a single grain of wheat between us and our hunter gatherer ancestors. Everything started with our ancestors seeing potential in rye and wheat, which lead to them growing these crops following the Ice Age.