This cookery book covers more than half the gastronomic globe, from Paris to Moscow, and from the Adriatic to the Baltic. Take any dish from North or South Europe and you will almost certainly find its equivalent in Eastern Europe, adapted to local tastes and conditions. Many dishes which have migrated across the Atlantic could also be traced back to their east European origins. Within the half-continent the choice of food styles is so abundant it would be vain to try to define the cuisine of a single country. Through the medium of the food and cooking of this area the author gives us an insight into the lifestyles and history of the countries of Eastern Europe: Hungary, Romania, Poland, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia.
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"The value of home-cooked food is probably one I owe almost entirely to Eastern Europe. I found it a joy to come across a world in which, although dented by shortages in an ill-managed economy, the culture of food was still intact. Above all, the food industry was innocent compared with its Western counterpart, and the link between town and country persisted more or less unbroken from before the war. Markets were still more frequent than supermarkets, and there was no need to go to 'health' shops to buy whole grains, jam that was actually made of fruit, and superb dairy products at honest prices." --.About the Author:
Lesley Chamberlain studied Russian and German languages and literature before working as a journalist for Reuters in Moscow. She has traveled extensively in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Russia and now works as a writer and a freelance scholar. In addition to her cookery books, her published works include "Nietzsche in Turin: An Intimate Biography" and "In the Communist Mirror."
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