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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

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Length: 330 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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

. . . dishes like creamy cauliflower soup, sour cream-enriched mamaliga (the Romanian polenta), lamb stewed in sauerkraut juice and scallions, mititei (exactly like the ones I tasted so long ago in Bucharest) are simple and appealing . . . Klepper paints a pretty picture of his native country's culinary possibilities. --Colman Andrews, SAVEUR magazine

A brilliant cultural and culinary history...a collection of recipes to be treasured, tested, and enjoyed. --George Lang, Restauranteur, former owner Cafe des Artistes

About the Author

Nicolae (Nick) Klepper was born in Romania and grew up in the United States. A retired sales and marketing executive who lived for many years in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, he now devotes himself to writing. TASTE OF ROMANIA resulted from his lifelong interest in cookery and his desire to make his native country better known to the world. He is also author of ROMANIA: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, also published by Hippocrene Books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3588 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; Expanded edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Publication Date: April 30, 1997
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002C1AG7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on January 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on June 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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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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