Elizabeth Taviloglu

Expertise: Turkish food

  • Freelance writer with an interest in Turkish food
  • Lived and traveled in Turkey for more than 24 years
  • Operated a home catering business in Istanbul
  • Hosted Turkish cooking workshops in the U.S. 


Elizabeth Wilson Taviloğlu is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles and recipes for more than three years. She is a business professional who moonlights as a Turkish foodie. She has lived and traveled in Turkey for more than 24 years which has given her the chance to experience Turkish food and culture firsthand. Her love for foreign foods began as a child growing up in the Hudson Valley while cooking together with her German-English mother and Italian grandmother.

After she moved overseas, Elizabeth settled in Istanbul—Turkey's largest city. There she learned Turkish cooking hands-on from the best and toughest local chefs—her female friends and relatives.

For several years, Elizabeth ran a home catering business in Istanbul and hosted Turkish cooking workshops in the U.S. Some of her recipes have been published locally.


Elizabeth has a Bachelor's degree in communications from Syracuse University. She learned Turkish cooking hands-on from friends and relatives in Turkey.

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