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National & regional cuisine

See below for a selection of the latest books from National & regional cuisine category. Presented with a red border are the National & regional cuisine books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great National & regional cuisine books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

How We Fell in Love with Italian Food

How We Fell in Love with Italian Food

Author: Diego Zancani Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Pizza, pasta, pesto and olive oil: today, it's hard to imagine any supermarket without these items. But how did these foods - and many more Italian ingredients - become so widespread and popular? This book maps the extraordinary progress of Italian food, from the legacy of the Roman invasion to its current, ever-increasing popularity. Using medieval manuscripts it traces Italian recipes in Britain back as early as the thirteenth century, and through travel diaries it explores encounters with Italian food and its influence back home. The book also shows how Italian immigrants - from ice-cream sellers and grocers to chefs and restaurateurs - had a transformative influence on our cuisine, and how Italian food was championed at pivotal moments by pioneering cooks such as Elizabeth David, Anna Del Conte, Rose Gray, Ruth Rogers and Jamie Oliver. With mouth-watering illustrations from the archives of the Bodleian Library and elsewhere, this book also includes Italian regional recipes that have come down to us through the centuries. It celebrates the enduring international appeal of Italian restaurants and the increasingly popular British take on Italian cooking and the Mediterranean diet.

Baltic Old & New Recipes Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia

Baltic Old & New Recipes Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia

Author: Simon Bajada Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

As in the Nordics, there has been a surge of interest from Baltic folk to identify more strongly with their food history--and display it proudly. This book celebrates that, identifying traditional dishes from each of the three countries and adapting them to create accessible and delicious recipes suitable for home kitchens the world over. Rather than strive to be authentic to the core, Bajada has selectively picked the best for international palates, curating a mix that is a combination of traditional and modern. At its heart, Baltic shows the commonality with other northern European cuisines--what's cooking is dictated by the produce at hand, as well as the enthusiasm of chefs and cooks there. Baltic's package is also visually beautiful, with the author capturing the color and vibrancy of the produce, local culture and landscapes as these countries emerge from nearly fifty years of Soviet rule, reconnect with the past, and embrace new promise for the future.

Venetian Republic Recipes and stories from the shores of the Adriatic, the Dalmatian Coast and the Greek islands

Venetian Republic Recipes and stories from the shores of the Adriatic, the Dalmatian Coast and the Greek islands

Author: Nino Zoccali Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

The food of the Venetian Republic is steeped in stories from the days when Venice and its surrounds controlled the silk, saffron and spice trading routes from East to West. But how did such a small place enjoy unrivalled opulence for so long also play a defining role in shaping the culture and cuisine of its Mediterranean neighbours and the rest of the world? To tell this story, respected writer and restaurateur Nino Zoccali focuses on the four key regions that geographically encapsulate the Venetian Republic, each of which has its own distinct cuisine: Venice and its lagoon islands; the Veneto, of which Venice is the capital; the Croatian coast and the Greek Islands formerly under Venetian rule. The 80 dishes he has selected all have strong traditional Venetian roots or influence, celebrating ingredients and techniques that show how, to this day, food in this magnificent region continues to be influenced by neighbouring cultures.

Copenhagen Cult Recipes

Copenhagen Cult Recipes

Author: Christine Rudolph, Susie Theodorou Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Let Copenhagen Cult Recipes take you on a journey to the heart of Copenhagen's culinary traditions, to find out why the Danes embrace their food heritage so passionately and why their lifestyle continues to be adopted enthusiastically around the world. This cuisine is about traditional foods and locally grown ingredients; it's about keeping things simple and tasty, using fresh herbs and greens that are grown on rooftops and in window boxes, and small vegetable patches. It's this love of food and eating that amplifies 'hygge', the cosy atmosphere for which the Danes are famed - shared tables, outside eating, simple local produce, eaten in company. Iconic location shots and food photography showcase traditional dishes with a modern twist, together with recipes from some of the most contemporary restaurants Copenhagen has to offer.

My Big Fat Greek Cookbook Classic Mediterranean Soul Food Recipes

My Big Fat Greek Cookbook Classic Mediterranean Soul Food Recipes

Author: Christos Sourligas, Evdokia Antginas Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

65 deliciously authentic recipes straight from Mama's kitchen. My Big Fat Greek Cookbook is a comprehensive, contemporary overview of Greek food, recipes, and family culture as documented by the son of a Greek immigrant as his mother neared the end of her life. This Greek eating tragedy has a beginning (appetizer), a middle (main course), and an end (dessert), Christos shared. As my Mama is in her final act, it's fitting that a quarter of her recipes are desserts. Bon appetit! Kali Orexi! (Insert the sound of breaking plates here . . .) This is more than just a list of ingredients or series of steps, of course. It's filled with simple recipes, gorgeous photographs, traditional meals, memories, and tidbits of information that draw family and friends to Greek tables time and again. It has everything from iconic egg-lemon sauce to rich soups, sweet pies, and traditional delicacies like rabbit stew and octopus with pasta, accompanied by tales of Greek history and insight into cultural nuances. Recipes include: Meatballs (keftedes) Lentils (fatkes) Stuffed vegetables (gemistra) Spinach pie (spanakopita) Tzatziki Spaghetti with cheese (makaronia me tyri) Roast lamb (arni sto fourno) Moussaka Apple cake (milopita) Ride pudding (rizogalo) And more! With stunning photographs throughout, this book is a peek into a Greek family that has achieved what so many of us yearn for: a fuller, more meaningful and joyful life, lived simply and nourished on real, delicious Greek meals that you can access anywhere with this cookbook on hand.

Seattle Chef's Table Extraordinary Recipes From The Emerald City

Seattle Chef's Table Extraordinary Recipes From The Emerald City

Author: James Fraioli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Seattle Chef's Table is the first cookbook to gather Seattle's best chefs and restaurants under one cover. Profiling signature at home recipes from almost fifty legendary dining establishments, the book is also a celebration of the growing sustainable food movement in the Pacific Northwest. With full-color photos throughout highlighting fabulous dishes, famous chefs, and Seattle landmarks, it is the ideal ode to the city's coveted food culture and atmosphere.

Denver & Boulder Chef's Table Extraordinary Recipes From The Colorado Front Range

Denver & Boulder Chef's Table Extraordinary Recipes From The Colorado Front Range

Author: Ruth Tobias, Christopher Cina Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Landscape has everything to do with who Coloradans are and thus how they cook, eat, and drink. Ruggedness is a given: the cowboys and outlaws of the old Wild West have their modern-day equivalents in chefs and back-to-the-land enthusiasts who forage for forest mushrooms when they're not tending to their beehives and chicken coops. This sense of adventure and emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients is imparted on every plate served in Denver and Boulder's restaurants and eateries. Combined with a spotlight on cooking traditions from around the world, the Front Range dining scene has never felt so exciting and vibrant, all the while set against a singular backdrop: the Rocky Mountains. Denver & Boulder Chef's Table gathers the cities' best chefs and restaurants under one roof, featuring recipes for the home cook from over fifty of the region's most celebrated restaurants and showcasing full-color photos of mouth-watering dishes, award-winning chefs, and lots of local flavor.

Portland, Oregon Chef's Table Extraordinary Recipes From the City of Roses

Portland, Oregon Chef's Table Extraordinary Recipes From the City of Roses

Author: Laurie Wolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Portland, Oregon Chef's Table celebrates the food and culture of what the New York Times calls the city's Golden Age of dining and drinking. The city's food scene-largely a celebration of the farm-to-table movement-has grown and evolved tremendously in the last five years, with an abundance of local farms, fisheries, and small beef, lamb, and pork producers providing the city's iconic restaurants with a wide array of locally-grown deliciousness. Portland, Oregon Chef's Table is the first cookbook to gather Portland's top chefs and restaurants under one cover. With over seventy recipes for the home cook from more than sixty of the city's most celebrated restaurants and showcasing stunning full-color photos from award-winning photographer Bruce Wolf, featuring mouth-watering dishes, famous chefs, and lots of local flavor, Portland, Oregon Chef's Table is the ultimate gift and keepsake cookbook for both the tourist and the Portland local.

Baltimore Chef's Table Extraordinary Recipes From Charm City And The Surrounding Counties

Baltimore Chef's Table Extraordinary Recipes From Charm City And The Surrounding Counties

Author: Kathryn Wielech Patterson, Neal Patterson, Kevin Maher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

In the midst of recent growth and downtown development, Baltimore is breaking away from its culinary stereotypes and emerging as city that is attracting some extraordinary restaurants and talented chefs. While embracing the local food movement, the city is now being recognized for an expanding culinary movement. Newcomers and homegrown chefs alike are charming diners with delicious variations staring the perennial favorite, crab, as well as offering unique options like frankenfish tacos and hearts of palm crab cakes that are becoming the taste of Charm City.With more than eighty recipes for the home cook from over fifty of the city's most celebrated eateries and showcasing photos featuring mouth-watering dishes, famous chefs, and lots of local flavor, Baltimore Chef's Table is the ultimate gift and keepsake cookbook for both tourists and locals alike.

Austin Chef's Table Extraordinary Recipes From The Texas Capital

Austin Chef's Table Extraordinary Recipes From The Texas Capital

Author: Crystal Esquivel, Aimee Wenske Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Austin is an oasis of creativity in Texas. Food ranges from mom-and-pop eateries and eclectic food trailers to high-end, chef-driven restaurants, and all of them have received a warm welcome from the community. East Austin is home to taquerias and barbecue joints, while north Austin claims some of the city's best Vietnamese and Korean cuisine. Austin Chef's Table is the first cookbook to gather Austin's best chefs and restaurants under one cover. Including a signature at home recipe from more than fifty iconic dining establishments, the book is a celebration of the city's creative food scene. Full-color photos throughout capture Austin's eclectic eateries and highlight fabulous dishes and famous chefs.

Shuk From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking

Shuk From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking

Author: Einat Admony, Janna Gur Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

With Shuk, home cooks everywhere can now inhale the fragrances and taste the flavors of the vivacious culinary mash-up that is today's Israel. The book takes you deeper into this trending cuisine, through the combined expertise of the authors, chef Einat Admony of Balaboosta and food writer Janna Gur. Admony's long-simmered stews, herb-dominant rice pilafs, toasted-nut-studded grain salads, and of course loads of vegetable dishes--from snappy, fresh, and raw to roasted every way you can think of--will open your eyes and your palate to the complex nuances of Jewish food and culture. The book also includes authoritative primers on the well-loved pillars of the cuisine, including chopped salad, hummus, tabboulehs, rich and inventive shakshukas, and even hand-rolled couscous with festive partners such as tangy quick pickles, rich pepper compotes, and deeply flavored condiments. Through gorgeous photo essays of nine celebrated shuks, you'll feel the vibrancy and centrality of the local markets, which are so much more than simply shopping venues--they're the beating heart of the country. With more than 140 recipes, Shuk presents Jewish dishes with roots in Persia, Yemen, Libya, the Balkans, the Levant, and all the regions that contribute to the evolving food scene in Israel. The ingredients are familiar, but the combinations and techniques are surprising. With Shuk in your kitchen, you'll soon be cooking with the warmth and passion of an Israeli, creating the treasures of this multicultural table in your own home.

Alphabet Cooking: S is for Sri Lankan

Alphabet Cooking: S is for Sri Lankan

Author: Quadrille Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

S is for Sri Lankan showcases 50 iconic recipes with a modern twist, including egg hoppers, coconut pancakes, shredded roti, string hoppers, podi dosa, green sambol, buriani, fish kari, lotus root and cashews, kurakkan flatbreads, goat curry, dhal, beetroot and pumpkin curry, date and tamarind chutney, love cake curd and sambahr.