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About the Author

Liliana Pavicic is an elementary school teacher with a passion for food, travel and writing. One of her award-winning recipes was published in Prevention magazine. She resides in Burlington, Ontario with her husband and two sons.

Gordana Pirker-Mosher was born in Sisak, Croatia. Her family lived in Petrinja, Croatia before immigrating to Canada in 1970. Gordana is a sales representative for a U.S.-based car rental agency. Her travel-related work allows her to discover new cuisines and to pursue her career as a freelance writer. She resides in Grimsby, Ontario with her husband and two daughters.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; Expanded edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781812038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781812030
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Melita Mesic on September 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book covers all regions of Croatia! The dessert chapter is comprehensive and includes some desserts made with chestnut puree, my all time favorite! I visited the web site and was pleasantly surprised to see comments by Croatian celebrities endorsing the book! I also felt good buying the book knowing that some of the proceeds are going to "Warchild". The book makes a great wedding shower gift too...I'd originally purchased it for my best friend but I've also bought one for myself too! A great way to re-connect with our Croatian roots and learn to cook like our mothers and "babas"
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Croatia's turbulent history has resulted in a varied cuisine seldom reflected in regional cookbooks, and The Best of Croatian Cooking provides an excellent selection of over 200 dishes from classic main courses to desserts. Recipes have been modified for easy preparation and American kitchens but are filled with appeal and retain their cultural authenticity.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
`The Best of Croatian Cooking, Expanded Edition' by Liliana Pavicic and Gordana Pirker-Mosher is published as a member of `The Hippocrene Cookbook Library' which seems to focus on all those national and regional cuisines which will appeal to a sizable emigrant population, but which is not covered by the mainstream foodie literati. This would be just about everything except French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, `Mediterranean', Moroccan, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, German, Russian, Turkish, Lebanese, and Jewish cooking. Their real forte is for small central and eastern European nationalities such as Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Slovak, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian cooking. I am especially drawn to several of these national cuisines, having some relatives from Hungary and Slovakia.

The problem with these books in general and with this volume in particular is that amateurs in both culinary skills and journalistic or scholastic skills write them. We are not reading minor league Paula Wolferts here. That is not to say there is nothing of value here. In fact, the intellectual discoveries one can make in this book may be even more interesting than the culinary ones. Croatia lies squarely in the confluence of three culinary dynamos. Directly to the west is Italy, especially the leading culinary region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. To the north is Vienna, the capitol of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, of which Croatia was a part for several centuries. To the south is Greece and Turkey, the heart of the old Ottoman Empire who was Croatia's landlord before the Austrians took over. So, Croatian cuisine is a great gemish of world class influences, with a bit to add on its own, being, like Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a fertile site for grape growing and, therefore, wine making.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bernell Stein on August 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Before my trip to Croatia I wanted to become acquainted with Croatian cuisine. Also, I collect cookbooks from my travels, so this way I had the book in hand BEFORE I left and didn't have to search for it in Croatia. I have already tried several recipes which are simple and good. I was pleased with my purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruno A. Nekic on May 29, 2010
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Coming from a Croatian raised eating home cooked Croatian meals all his life this book is great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura M Estes on November 3, 2014
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Having spent 5 summers in Croatia on mission trips, I find many Croatian dishes very much a comfort food. However, between the language barrier, metric system, and product differences, it's very hard to reproduce Croat favorites in the heartland of America. This book is very complete, easy to use, and has wonderful recipes. I'm thrilled that I picked it over other Croatian cookbooks on the market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Viv on April 25, 2014
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The recipes I have used from this book have been simple yet delicious!!! Our family loved the recipes I have made so far and everyone looks forward to the next new and exciting night at the dinner table!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on January 24, 2015
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My boyfriend who is from Croatia is in love with this cookbook. He picks out random dishes and says they remind him of home.
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