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The Best of Croatian Cooking Paperback – January 30, 2007
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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.Read more ›
The authors include both a time-saver and a heart healthy tip at the end of almost every recipe. Some of these tips are pretty mundane and come off as amateurish like: Buy fresh pasta from the supermarket instead of making your own; Buy ready-made crepes; Chop vegetables the day prior; Hard boil the egg the day before; Steam cauliflower the day before; Use a non-stick pan and cut the oil in half; Substitute fat-free Italian dressing.
Some tips offered in the book are really useful for time-management and suggestions for freezing/thawing/doubling, but it seems they forced themselves to add a "tip" to every recipe, hence some rather silly suggestions. I think the time would have been better spent testing the recipes more, or offering more detailed suggestions on where to source rarer ingredients outside of Croatia, or even offer more cultural insights from the region the dish came from.Read more ›
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Looking for variations of family favorites...but nothing familiar to our Dalmatian family... Some interesting ones to try for fun.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Could have used more photos. Since I am Croatian I thought they should have included pogaca and brudit and other basic foods. Generally seemed more of restaurant cookbook.Published 13 months ago by Ann Tomasic
My boyfriend who is from Croatia is in love with this cookbook. He picks out random dishes and says they remind him of home.Published 18 months ago by Courtney
this book has made my Croatian husband swoon with delight.Published 22 months ago by christine burgess
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... Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by Viv