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Cover of issue 32
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Cornucopia was founded by John Scott and Berrin Torolsan in 1992. It is an English language magazine that concerns Turkish culture. The magazine has a broad scope that covers Turkey’s heritage (prehistoric, Byzantine, Ottoman and Republican and that of the Turkic peoples.
Notably, Cornucopia has brought publicity to some of Turkey's threatened heritage.
- At the end of 1993 it documented the Mocan Yali in the historic area of Kuzguncuk, in ‘The Pink House’ by Andrew Finkel. The wooden building has since been pulled down and rebuilt in concrete.
- The 1999 article ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ by John Carswell documented the 14th-century tiles of the Murad II Mosque in Edirne. These have since been vandalised.
In both cases this is the only photographic record in print.
- In 1999 James Mellaart chose to publish his controversial discovery of 9,000-year-old paintings of Çatalhüyük in the early 1960s.
- Maureen Freely, The Guardian: "Finally, no one should go to Turkey without reading at least a few issues of Cornucopia (cornucopia.net), which has to be one of the most beautiful magazines in the world. Published here, its remit is Turkey - not its sordid politics, but its art, architecture, history and antiquities."
- Craig Brown, The Daily Telegraph: "Surely one of the most intelligent and beautiful glossy magazines in the world".
- Tyler Brûlé, founding editor of Wallpaper* and Monocle: "Focused on celebrating and chronicling all things Ottoman-inspired and influenced, Cornucopia is a cross between World of Interiors and National Geographic, with a gentle Turkic twist. I've been trying to collect all the missing back issues for years now and still have some annoying gaps in my neatly arranged stacks."
- Travis Elborough, The Guardian: "… boasting pages with the sheen of baklava and sumptuous full-colour photography throughout (and the photos, many stunning, do have the edge over the words in amount of space occupied), Cornucopia … doesn't skimp on writing of quality either."
- Caterina Scaramelli, who spent a summer helping out at their İstanbul office, is quoted in Today's Zaman: “I see articles in Cornucopia as a journey into intriguing aspects of life, culture and history in Turkey; some are secret pearls waiting to be discovered, while others are subjects represented to the public with great attention to detail and accompanied by splendid photos. Cornucopia is a great travel companion, whether the journey is real or imagined. It's published three times a year and distributed both in Turkey and worldwide with around 18,000 copies sold each time.”
Notable contributors have included:
- Insider's Turkey, 1992
- The Essential Rose, 1992
- The Pink House: Inside the Mocan Yalı, 1992/93
- The Absolute Guide to Istanbul, 1993
- Palaces of Diplomacy I, 1993/94
- Palaces of Diplomacy II, 1994
- The Great Walls of Istanbul, 1994
- A Turkish Summer, 1995
- Ideal Worlds, 1995/6
- Ingres and Lady Mary, 1996
- Anatolia Rediscovered, 1996
- The Black Sea, 1997
- The Turkish Garden, 1997
- ''Objects of Desire: Books on the Ottomans, 1997/98
- Mountain Secrets, 1998
- Beguiling Büyükada, 1998
- The Republic, 1999
- The Ottoman Riviera, 1999
- Forgotten Riches: Poland's Ottoman treasures, 1999
- The Lake that Time Forgot, 2000
- Ottoman Damascus, 2000
- The Sultan's Chalet, 2000/01
- Haute Ottoman, 2001
- The Wild East: Travels in Southeast Anatolia, 2001
- The Abstract Heart: The Visionary Photographs of Zafer Baran, 2002
- The Birth of Art: The Discovery of Göbekli Tepe and Nevali Çori, 2002
- Sublime Simplicity: The Timeless Pots of Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye, 2002
- Peoples of the Black Sea, 2003
- Ottoman Gardens, 2003
- Early Journeys, 2003/04
- China's Wild West, 2004
- The Connoisseur's Guide to Istanbul, 2004
- Great Exhibitions, 2005
- Ottoman Kaftans, 2005
- Istanbul Elegy, 2006
- Beauty on the Bosphorus, 2006
- A Riot of Textiles, 2007
- The Big Bursa Issue, 2007
- Diplomatic Secrets, 2008
- Highlights of the First 40 Issues, 2008
- Bathing Beauty:The Imperial Hammams of Istanbul, 2009
- Adventures in Anatolia, 2009
- Shrines & Sanctuaries, 2010
- Classics With a Twist, 2010
- Painting the Orient, 2011
Most back issues are still available, or can be found in second had book stores. Some have become collector's items, fetching large sums of money.
- Finkel, Andrew (1993). "The Pink House". Cornucopia 3. Retrieved November 1, 2017.(subscription required)
- Carswell, John (1999). "Rhapsody in Blue". Cornucopia 3. Retrieved November 1, 2017.(subscription required)
- Carswell, John (1999). "Under the Volcano". Cornucopia 19. Retrieved November 1, 2017.(subscription required)
- Freely, Maureen (June 14, 2008). "Friends for Faraway Places". The Guardian. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
- Brown, Craig (15 February 2008). "Istanbul with Teenagers". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
- The Financial Times
- Elborough, Travis (January 19, 2008). "Crossing the world between covers". The Guardian. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
- Scaramelli, Caterina (October 15, 2009). "A Breath of Fresh Air". Today's Zaman. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2017.