“At a time when we are all forced to stay at home, travelling in the kitchen can be a great comfort. And I have been so grateful for Irina Georgescu for taking me to Romania through the pages of her wonderful book, Carpathia. Every page is imbued with generosity, the spirit of community, and the flavours of a rich and varied culture: it makes for an uplifting, inspiring and gorgeously transporting read right now.” Nigella Lawson
Carpathia invites you to explore Romania’s unique, bold and delicious cuisine: an exciting and unexpected amalgamation of all its diverse influences. As a cultural melting pot its character is rooted in many traditions from Greek, Turkish and Slavic in the south and east, to Austrian, Hungarian and Saxon in the north and west. From chargrilled aubergines, polenta fritters and butterbean hummus, to tangy bors, stuffed breads and Viennese-style layer cakes, Irina Georgescu has created over 100 mouth-watering dishes that are easy to make and a joy to share.
“I couldn’t be happier to see one of my favourite cuisines being represented by a voice as warm and thoughtful as Irina Georgescu’s. Carpathia is full of delicious and interesting recipes and photos that will tempt you to travel to the Carpathian Mountains immediately.”
Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka and Kaukasis.
“I’ve spent the day reading Carpathia by Irina Georgescu… I can’t wait to make her smoked ham hock with butter beans, oven-baked barley with chicken, peppers and mushrooms, fried chicken with caramelised quince and – most of all – ossobucco with dill oil and horseradish sauce… Carpathia is a book I’m going to get stuck into this autumn.”
“The recipes are both wonderfully enticing and extremely approachable, and there’s a deftness to the writing that is very beguiling…. And the food is fascinating: a mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar… It offers a welcome window into Romanian culture. And the best thing about it is the love for family and country that just sings through the pages.”
“An absolutely beautiful book showcasing Romanian food as a wondrous amalgam of Europe’s diverse cuisines. Real, delicious and accessible – I will be making everything from the placinta to prajitura, cremsnit to cataif!”
Helen Goh, co-author of Sweet with Yotam Ottolenghi.
“Carpathia takes the reader roaming through Romania from Transylvania to the Danube Delta while introducing dozens of satisfying recipes that express the landscape, culture and joys of traditional Romanian hospitality. This is a book of many virtues, filled with new ideas, flavours and insights.”
Caroline Eden, author of Samarkand and Black Sea. “A beautiful book full of life and flavour; I not only want to try so many of the recipes, I now want to visit the country that inspired them.”
Mark Diacono, author of Sour, The New Kitchen Garden and A Year at Otter Farm.
"a wonderful new cookbook" -- Bee Wilson * Financial Times * "genuinely fascinating" -- Felicity Cloake "Irina Georgescu does a beautiful job of taking us to the heart of the Balkans, exploring food, traditions and breathtaking landscapes side by side." -- Feel Good Food * Woman and Home * "There is something to learn from a book like this, written so beautifully by someone who is fascinated by the cuisine of their homeland and takes the time to document and share it with the world. As soon as I can, I will get myself to Romania and send Irina a postcard to thank her for inspiring me to do so." -- Joan Ransley
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