Book Size: 7.5 x 9.75

Pages: 272

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623718794

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Photography by: Oliver Fitzgerald

Illustrations: Illustrations, color

Release date: Fall 2021

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Macedonia: The Cookbook

Recipes and Stories from the Balkans

By • Photography by Oliver Fitzgerald

$ 35

About this book

Discover the flavors and traditions of Northern Macedonia

The cuisine of Northern Macedonia is a rich mosaic of influences from the Mediterranean and Middle East, and the neighboring countries of the Balkan Peninsula. Known for its opulent family meals, the regional dishes play important symbolic roles in local traditions and family celebrations.

Macedonia: The Cookbook
is a love letter to Macedonian culture, and a cuisine deeply rooted in its land and traditions. Through over 100 mouthwatering recipes for mezze dishes, salads, soups, fish, poultry, meat, vegetables, and delicious sweets and preserves, chef and food writer Katerina Nitsou shares the authentic flavors and wisdom brought along with her family from the mountainous villages of Northern Macedonia, recreated and adapted in her North American kitchen.

Coupled with beautiful photography of the food, people, and landscapes of Northern Macedonia, this cookbook captures the country's essence and belongs on the kitchen shelf of every foodie.


About the author

Katerina Nitsou spent her childhood in the kitchen helping her grandmother, mother, and aunts prepare meals using fresh herbs and vegetables from the family’s prized garden. Growing up in a large Macedonian-Canadian community in Toronto, she was immersed in the Macedonian culture through language, dance, and celebrations. She began writing about traditional Macedonian cuisine long before she completed her training at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. She honed her recipe writing skills in the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen and developed her cooking style working as a food stylist, caterer, and private chef in California. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two young children, whom she is teaching to cook.


“This is a book written straight from the heart. Katerina’s stories and recipes are an affectionate celebration of her Macedonian heritage, transporting you right to her family table, enjoying dishes that are respectful of tradition and yet accessible to everyone.” —Irina Georgescu, author of Carpathia: Food from the Heart of Romania

“Nitsou’s passion for her heritage is evident throughout … her personal variations on dishes, and her unassuming perspective on life and on food … Nitsou’s family hails from Macedonia, a southeastern European country nestled between Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, and Kosovo/Serbia. Traces of all these nations plus Italian, Turkish, and more influences are evident in the 100-plus colorfully photographed dishes Nitsou provides here ….” Booklist

“Inviting and professional … Nitsou combines a connection to her roots with a strong handle on culinary skills in her intriguing debut … her instructions are clear and direct … this shines a spotlight on a little-known cuisine with eminently doable results.”Publishers Weekly


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