- Series: Culinaria
- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: Konemann (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3895082341
- ISBN-13: 978-3895082344
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 10.9 x 1.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Culinaria: European Specialties 0th Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Visually, the book is very impressive. The surrounding pictures and text describe the country and some of the culture, putting the recipies in context. It is this extra material that makes trying out these recipies so much fun. The Europa series does not have the same breadth as the individual country books in the remainder of the Culinaria series, however, it does hit the highlights of each country.
The recipies themselves vary in the level of difficulty, preparation and practicality. Again, pick your experiment and get started as you have time. My biggest frustration is that some of the ingredients are hard to find if you are outside of Europe - obviously not the book's fault.
I found this two volume set to be the best buy in the Culinaria series. This book was well worth the investment and is an interesting read.
There is plenty of interesting information, with superb photography and illustrations; well-researched commentaries on the various industries; snippets of little-known historical info (did you know that Britain's King Edward VII gave the name Crepe Suzette to a spoiled dessert?) and well-chosen recipes which highlight the particular country's culinary strong points.
These are 2 weighty tomes (6lb/3kg each!), but only in the physical sense - they are very readable. With a chapter devoted to each of the European countries, the authors give an introduction, an overview of the country's specialities and an in-depth look at each speciality:- how it is grown/made; different varieties; anecdotes from the area; useful snippets of information, as well as some wonderful recipes (not all of them well-known).
Obviously some countries get more coverage than others; France Spain & Italy each get far more attention than, say, Russia - but deservedly so, given their gastronomic heritage (although the wines of France are over-played, to my mind).
While I would not recommend this as a working cookery book, it is certainly a valuable addition to anyone's culinary library - an ideal present for that friend of yours who has a love of food and cooking; anyone would be over the moon to receive such a present!
The product description says that this book weighs just under eight pounds but it feels more like twelve to me. The paper is of excellent-quality stock, very thick and heavy. This volume is what we used to call a "coffee table book".
Here's what the book is about:
1. It details individual and exotic ingredients which serve to make traditional European ethnic dishes.
2. It features, specifically, European recipes and dishes.
3. It provides hundreds of beautiful color photographs and detailed descriptions which insure that the reader will know precisely what these regional products look like and how they fit in to particular dishes.
Here is a list of the countries whose food and beverages are featured in this fine work:
8. Russia and other member states of the former Soviet Union
10. The Czech Republic and Slovakia
15. The Netherlands
The book is bulging with tips, (e.g., how to cook crayfish, how to make tortellini, etc.) These recipes are not for the beginner, many are even difficult but they're the real deal.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have these books from years ago and paid a lot for them, great price on these beautiful sets now and I have been giving them as gifts.Published 9 months ago by Robin A. Whitburn
This is my 5th in the series. These books are amazing and so beyond a cookbook; they are a look at food culture. This set is a look at food culture in Europe. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Marcella, the Cheesemonger
this is a great book, I am in the process of collecting the whole Culinaria sequence , there is so many more that cover a large number of other countries, , recommended by a chef... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marilynn
There is an entire series of Culinaria books. These are not your typical cookbooks. These are travels to foreign countries. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by Bill K.
Nice 2 volume set, great value with lots of photos and information. I love it and all the culinaria series.Published on March 6, 2014 by Lawrence wybrant
Awesome history/ tradition reference. I love the fact that there' s recipes from each region they cover. I just wish the sellers would have sent me a better copy.Published on December 20, 2013 by Richard J. Castaneda