Food from the Heart of Romania$ 35
“In this delightful debut, Romanian-born food blogger Georgescu shares the traditional recipes, and explores the various regional influences, of her homeland’s cuisine … Shining a light on an underexplored food culture, this collection proves to be full of hearty and unique treats.” —Publishers Weekly
About this book
The first book to celebrate the culturally diverse and delicious cuisine of Romania
A true fusion of East and West, where traditional recipes are given a truly modern twist
Romania is a true cultural melting pot, its character rooted in many traditions from Greek, Turkish, and Slavic in the south and east, to Austrian, Hungarian, and Saxon in the north and west.
Carpathia, the first book from food writer Irina Georgescu, aims to introduce readers to Romania's unique, bold and delicious cuisine. Bringing the country to life with stunning photography and recipes, it will take the reader on a culinary journey to the very heart of the Balkans, exploring Romania's history, traditions, and food, one mouth-watering recipe at a time.
From chargrilled eggplants, polenta fritters, and butter bean hummus, to tangy borş, stuffed breads, and Viennese-style layer cakes, this book is a true celebration of a country that's never afraid to mix things up!Brand: Irina Georgescu
“In this delightful debut, Romanian-born food blogger Georgescu shares the traditional recipes, and explores the various regional influences, of her homeland’s cuisine. The opening chapter of small plates includes stinging nettle fricassee with garlic flakes and pumpkin seeds (recipe names are all presented in Romanian with English subtitles) and includes tips on nettle-picking (best in March, when they first appear). Bread makers will rise to the challenge of such offerings as Romanian cornbread or Hungarian chimney cakes, which are coated in chopped walnuts. Georgescu instructs that sour broths, made tangy by the addition of fermented wheat, vinegar, or pickle brine, are commonly served before a dinner’s main course. Options include a cod-filled fish broth with rice and sour cream as well as a tarragon pork rib broth with smoked pancetta. Pancetta also turns up, along with ground pork, juniper berries, and sauerkraut, in the country’s national dish, stuffed cabbage leaves. For desserts, there’s a tasty array of baked goods, including an Easter favorite, brioche baked cheesecake, as well as a comforting noodle pudding with grilled peaches that uses honey rather than sugar. Shining a light on an underexplored food culture, this collection proves to be full of hearty and unique treats.” —Publishers Weekly
“I couldn’t be happier to see one of my favorite cuisines being represented by a voice as warm and thoughtful as Irina Georgescu’s. Carpathia is full of delicious and interesting recipes and photos that will tempt you to travel to the Carpathian Mountains immediately.” —Olia Hercules