Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: New Oak Press; 1st edition (December 1, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 9.8 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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We thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine during a recent trip in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzgovina. Near the end of the trip, I went in to a bookstore in Dubrovnik and asked if they had any cookbooks in English. This was the book that the clerk showed me. So I bought it and read it on the plane home. I am now ordering several copies for friends who made the trip with us. The author's story brings back memories from our trip and the recipes are the food that we ate. We've only been home a week and I've already made several of the recipes. They are well laid out with simple ingredients. I look forward to trying many more.
While it is a well written travelogue, it leaves something to be desired as a Croatian cookbok. It provides an approximation of some Croatian recipes. It makes too many substitutions of ingrediants and leaves out some classic recipes such as cevapcici. It did not meet my expectations for a cookbook.
Karen Evenden's book describes sailing the Mediterranean, specifically the Croatian coast, in beautiful detail. It is a great way to escape from the long, cold winter and be transported to another world full of sunshine, friendly people and delicious food. The recipes are easy to follow and full of fresh, seasonal ingredients. If the reader isn't fortunate ehough to visit Croatia, at least he/she can savor the cuisine.
This book has many simple to prepare but very different recipes. Also,the author has a vivid narrative that helps the reader see the landscapes the recipes come from. Very readable, usable, and enjoyable!
Some nice text on sailing along the Croatian coast, but, a lot of the recipes are the author's fanciful adaptations of the region's cookery. For example, in her recipe for 'bakalar', she substitutes canned tuna for the dried cod. It's just not the same dish.
What a fabulous cookbook! I have spent most of July and August working my way through the lighter recipes and I've loved everything that I've made, even the sauerkraut salad! My fathers family is from Italy and some of the recipes seemed vaguely familiar but definitely had a different twist. The grilled squid turned out great/tasty/succulent and was one of my favorites. Now that autumn is almost here in New England and my vegetable garden is no longer producing (weep...) I am looking forward to the heartier dishes. Additionally, I enjoyed the travel log and cultural notes provided. It was nice to learn about groups such as DEÂA that are committed to serving the needs of women while simultaneously fostering an educational and social environment in which all can learn and develop through experiences rich in culture and community.
I was very pleased to purchase this book. I have used most of the recipes and have had pleasant outcomes. It is always good to have a recipe turn out well. It has a great bread recipe too. The only thing I did not like is that it did not have pictures of the finished product.
The recipes in this book are tasty, easy to cook, and can easily be adapted to ingredients on hand. I am cooking my way through and my family is loving it. While I am familiar with lots of Croatian dishes, they are usually difficult or very technique sensitive. The insights, suggestions and travelogue keep me reading while cooking.
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