Gypsy Feast: Recipes and Culinary Traditions of the Romany People (Hippocrene Cookbook Library) Kindle Edition
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She loves the book and said that it is awesome and she wished she had it a long time ago.
The recipes are equally problematical; some are an attempt to recreate the use of wild-sourced foods, others are the stews to be found in the camp cauldrons. There are some breads, puddings, but mostly, these recipes didn't look very interesting. So this is neither a cookbook or an accurate guide to the food customs of the Rom. It's somewhere in between, and for that reason, I didn't really find this a satisfying book. Read anything by Jan Yoors before you read this book. Then you decide.
From this, I have come to the conclusion that Gypsies are one of the greatest cultures on the face of the planet. Because Food.
Unfortunately, she has very poorly researched her project and is utterly confused. She seems unable to understand the difference between the several, vaguely related cultures that are mentioned in the book. She includes as authentic Romani dishes many foods that are not a part of Romani culture across borders or not even possible for people living a more traditional Romani lifestyle to make.
If A Rom in New Jersey eats a corndog at the county fair or a Rom in Sydney, Australia goes to a sushi restaurant one afternoon, should we include a sushi recipe in a book of Romani dishes? She would if someone told her with a straight face that this is what all Roma grew up eating.
This book will not be useful to someone trying to better know Romani culture(s) or culinary norms. It will be useful for someone who wants to bake some unusual English and Balkan dishes.