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Taste of Romania: Its Cookery and Glimpses of Its History, Folklore, Art, Literature, and Poetry (New Hippocrene Original Cookbooks) [Kindle Edition]

Nicolae Klepper
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Book Description

Over 150 recipes, including the specialty dishes of Romania's top chefs, are intermingled with fables, poetry, photos and charming illustrations, making this book a genuine treasury of both Romanian cuisine and culture. Also includes an appendix of Romanian wines and an index in Romanian and English.

Here is a real taste of both Old World and modern Romanian culture in a unique book that combines more than 140 tasty traditional recipes with enchanting examples of Romania's folklore, humor, art, poetry, and proverbs. A wealth of archival material provides a glimpse into the 4,000-year-old history of the Romanian people and their Roman ancestry. This comprehensive and well-organized guide to Romanian cuisine contains recipes for many classic favorites including Mamalinga, a polenta-style cornmeal, Eggplant Salad, Fish Zacusca, Mititei Sausages (The Wee Ones), and Pan-fried Pork with Polenta. Savor the tastes of one of Europe's heartiest and most varied culinary traditions!

Editorial Reviews


It's a mine of information and a beautiful read - a wonderful and thrilling way of discovering Romania. -- Claudia Roden, author of "The Book of Jewish Food

Over 140 recipes, including the specialty dishes of Romania's top chefs, are intermingled with fables, poetry, illustrations, and photos. "A brilliant cultural and culinary history of this little-known country . . . a collection of recipes to be treasured, tested, and enjoyed. -- George Lang, owner, Cafe de Artistes - New York

About the Author

Nicolae Klepper, born in Romania, came to America with his parents at the outbreak of World War II, at the age of 12, and settled in New York. Later, returning from a tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Europe, he decided to devote his career to international business. After obtaining Engineering and Business degrees from the University of Denver, he worked and lived in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for the next 25 years. Taste of Romania, his first book, is a result of his life-long love affair with cookery, and a desire to make his native country better known to the world. Mr. Klepper has three sons and a daughter, all living around the world. He and his wife, Ann, reside in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3588 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; Expanded edition (April 30, 1997)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002C1AG7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cookbook September 21, 2002
This book is an all-around great cookbook. To be honest, I had never heard of Romanian cuisine before and picked up the book on a whim. I'm glad I did because the book introduced me to a delicious culture that I had never sampled before. The recipes in the book are grouped into the following chapters: appetizers, salads, egg dishes, soups, polenta, fish dishes, meat dishes, poultry dishes, vegetable dishes, dumplings, sauces, desserts, wines, preserves, and Jewish dishes. I found good recipes in each chapter, some fancy, and some that can be whipped up in minutes. Interspersed throughout the book are short history lessons about Romania, fairy tales, and poetry, as well as Klepper's comments explaining the cooking culture. The book also includes a bibliography, a place and personal name index, and English recipe index, a Romanian recipe index, a brief pronunciation guide, an English-Romanian-French food dictionary, and even an American-British food dictionary (surprisingly useful!). If you're looking for a Romanian cookbook, this is a great one. And if you're just looking for some interesting and tasty new recipes, you'll find some here.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! January 8, 1999
By A Customer
I have cooked many of the dishes in this book, and the recipes turn out consistently well, and authentically delicious (according to my Romanian born husband!). I love the short stories, poems and jokes that have been included in the book. The book gives you a peek at the culture beyond the food, but it is foremost a wonderful cookbook. There are tips on what to serve with which dishes, holiday menus, appetizer platters, etc. This book is a must for anyone wishing to try the delights of Romanian cuisine!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it from cover to cover ! December 27, 2000
By C. Naor
This is the cookbook to read from cover to cover for its wonderful content. The stories, poems and bits of culture repolish the tarnished image that Romania has aquired from the media... As a Romanian born American, I've been waiting for a book like this for years to share with my American born children and friends. There is no question regarding the authenticity of the recipies, and delicious results are almost guaranteed due to the "user friendly" format. I cannot praise this book enough, I just wish I can thank the author in person. The expanded edition that I purchased also has a delightful chapter on Romanian Jewish cooking.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some fundamentals are still missing... September 4, 2001
Somehow, everyone in Romania seems to believe that their heaviest food is also the tastiest. In Romanian restaurants both in Romania and accross the US, in cookbooks -- all I'm finding are the stuffed grape or cabbage leaves, the pork products, the mamaliga. What happened to all those seasonal (in Romania) meals centered around the great vegetables that abound in Spring, stuff that a family would actually eat everyday at home? The light and flavorful zuchinni with yoghurt, the spinach puree, all the many ways to prepare mushrooms, celery roots, even the lowly potatoe? The great sour soups that wake one up with their taste? What about some of the staples, like bors (not to be confused with Russiona borscht), the sour grain vinegar that is so good in those soups? Or all the pickled vegetables that spice up ones winter meal? Also, there are all the holiday preparations, such as a stuffed goose, duck on sourkraut, and, for the kids, the "sweet bites", sort of like a gingerbread cracker, but thicker and with a soft, molasse-like consistency (turta dulce for those of you out there who know :-)...
I'm not a great Romanian cook myself and I bought this book hoping to fill in some of my childhood favorites. It does do a good job of the recipes it presents. I handed the stuffed grape leaves recipe to the chef in charge at my wedding and it ended up being a favorite with my (mostly non-Romanian) guests!
The other complain I have is that some of the ingredients have been "adapted" to suit most American supermarkets. I won't complain about getting some of the fat out (although most of it stayed...) but what about the tarragon, the lovage, dill --they're all available here, with a bit of effort.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical introduction to Romanian Cookery June 30, 1998
By A Customer
This book is a must for anyone who is interested in Romanian cookery and culture. It combines recipies and snippets of cultural information in a relaxed and easily absorbed way. It is very practical and suggests alternatives when using Romanian ingredients. There is no excuse for not cooking up a decent Romanian meal even if you live in the last outpost of western Europe!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like being there... December 2, 1998
By A Customer
A comprehensive cookbook with very accurate and realistic recipies, just like I remember my grandmother's cooking. When I visited Romania, the recipies are exact. Enjoy it!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Wife June 7, 2001
I just married a Romanian while he was on tour in the U.S. for six months. Having only been here for a year he was terribly homesick. After ordering the book I was able to surprise him with a full Romanian meal, and it was so easy! Highly, highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook October 2, 2007
By Emmly
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This is a fantastic book. So many of the recipes I remember from my mother's and grandmother's cooking. It's also nice to get a little bit of a history lesson, along with Romanian poems and folktales. I purchased it for my daughter and sons. Since I left Romania at 15 (over 18 years ago), it's nice to remember some of the Romanian cooking I grew up with.
Now, if I could only get my American husband to try some of the recipes, that would be a victory indeed. :o)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Way outdated. I should have checked publishing date
Published 3 months ago by Kathleen M. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure
I am part Romanian and do not know anything about my father's country, so it was a delight to read and learn through this cookbook. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mary Michniak
4.0 out of 5 stars Romania
My boyfriend is Romanian. He is actually the first in his family to be born in the United States of America. Read more
Published on February 20, 2013 by Lola
5.0 out of 5 stars culture and cookery
My husband is of Romanian background, and I thought it would be nice to have some recipes to remind him of his childhood. Read more
Published on January 8, 2013 by amrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Guide
Tons of information and recipes. The section on herbs and flowers and their medicinal uses was of particular interest and the history/culture was amazing to read about. Great book!
Published on January 28, 2012 by C. Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cookbook and historical reference
I have found this cookbook very useful. My Romanian husband has tried several things that I made using this book and has found the results to be quite authentic. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by A.T.H.
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed...
Does not have that many recipes....non that my Romanian husband has tried or liked. There should be a better description about this book. Read more
Published on October 4, 2010 by carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love this book! No, it does not contain pictures but neither did my grandmother's ancient cookbooks that are falling apart now. Read more
Published on March 17, 2010 by Penelope Cruz
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorely disappointed
This book is a HUGE disappointment. Recipes are complicated and in metric. Unusual ingredients. Better recipes and directions when you Google Romanian Foods AT NO COST
Published on January 30, 2010 by Nanci L. Salistean
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, taught me how to cook
This book is amazing! I used to be a lousy cook who never "went beyond" (lol) french fries, but this book taught me how to make Romanian soups, steaks, the wee ones "mititei" and... Read more
Published on January 21, 2010 by Pavic
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About the Author

The American author, Nicolae (Nick) Klepper, was born in Bucharest, Romania. At the age of 12, he and his parents moved to America, where they settled in New York City.
After obtaining Engineering and Business degrees at the University of Denver, Nicolae decided to devote his career to international business. As a corporate executive, he worked and lived for many years in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
His lifelong interest in cookery and the desire to make his native country better known to the world led to his first book, Taste of Romania: Its Cookery and Glimpses of Its History, Folklore, Art, Literature and Poetry. It was published by Hippocrene Books, New York, in 1997 in a hard cover format. A second edition was published in 1999, and a fourth printing of the expanded edition came out in 2008. The book has now been released in paperback.
Romania: an Illustrated History, his second book, was published by Hippocrene Books in 2002, and is in its third printing. It is also being published in China.
Mr. Klepper's many years of international corporate experience has helped inform his newly published work, a gripping psychological suspense novel titled The Geneva Affair.

Nicolae resides in Edinburgh, Scotland with his Scottish wife, Ann. He has three sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren, living in different parts of the world.
He is a member of the Society of Authors and the Edinburgh Writers Club.

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