Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Pelican Publishing (May 31, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #655,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #4 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > European > Eastern European
As an avid cook, I highly recommend this book, full of origical recipes based on Romania's history and traditions. There is a huge selection of recipes to choose from: meat, fish, soups. And the best things are in the desserts chapters. I especially liked the walnut budinca. And the ingredients are easy to find anywhere and the recipes easy to follow. The authors little stories are also very interesting.
Personally I am a romanian and as you see from my reviews I only review what I am passionate about or different items regarding Romania. This item in particular is a good thing to buy if you are interested in learning more about Romanian cooking. Romania has several unique meals as well as different ways of cooking some common day things than the US. Any of you ever hear of pork gelatin/pork jello? Well, it's not what you think but actually a mix of pork, gelatin and other spices served during the holidays in Romania and quite tastefull. You might also be surprised about some Romanian appetizers and how good or different they taste. This book is also very good for those of you who have gone out to Romania tasted and liked the cooking but had a hard time getting original recipes for some of the things you tasted. Who better to show you this than someone who had actually lived there as this author. Many people I have met personally were very pleasantly surprised at some of the tastes of Romanian food and its appearance while some have it at some special ocassion as.. well something different. If you ever wanted to try Romanian deviled eggs, the Romanian meatballs "mici" or other types of foods then buy this book. Hope you enjoy and I wish you a taste of Romania in every bite.
Romania is usually included in general cookbooks about the Baltic nations, so it's refreshing to see it earn its own acclaim in The Art Of Romanian Cooking, a specialty cookbook which covers everything from appetizers such as Fried Cheese Papanasi to Tongue with Olives. The historical commentary accompanying many of the dishes is also fascinating and inviting.
I'm Filipino and so I wasn't raised on Romanian cooking. Buying this book was a bit of a shot in the dark but it is extremely easy to follow and my Romanian boyfriend and his family approves that it comes out tasting authentic.
I was so deeply touched by simply reading the reviews that I ordered the book, I recently lost my husband who survived Romania's communistic regime and I learned to cook from his parents, we were married thirty years, now that they are all gone I look forward to having this book.
The recipes are well chosen, they cover everything from appetizers to deserts and the author clearly has a passion for Romanian cooking which makes the reader enjoy it too. Also, they're pretty easy to follow and understand even for beginners like me.
We are very pleased with the recipes in this cookbook. We are not of Romanian descent, but love Eastern European cooking and have enjoyed working through the delicious recipes in this book. Feels like you're reading (and cooking) from Grandma's notes. :)
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