Tava: Eastern European Baking and Desserts from Romania & Beyond

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Price
$42.00  $39.06
Publisher
Quadrille Publishing
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
7.74 X 9.95 X 1.15 inches | 2.48 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781784885441

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About the Author
Irina Georgescu is a Romanian food writer and author of Carpathia, a book that celebrates Romanian home cooking. Irina's recipes draw on her Eastern European heritage--she has always felt very strongly about exploring the world through food and understanding people through what they eat. Her love and commitment to talking about Romanian culinary traditions encouraged her to pursue her dream to write about Romania, its food, and its heritage.
Reviews

"Like all the best cookbooks, Tava is as interested in the history and culture of Romania, as it is in all things sweet and baked. Enlightening, evocative and irresistible." --Tom Parker Bowles


"A rare glimpse into a rich and diverse baking culture, this beautiful book is packed full of fascinating stories and recipes I can't wait to taste." --Felicity Cloake


"Romania is not yet well known as a gastronomic destination, but Irina Georgescu's Tava is set to change that. This delightful and unpretentious book tells the story of her culture through comforting food memories and delicious recipes for baking and desserts. --Richard Bertinet

Tava is so accomplished in ambrosial gumption, the words exploding in my head are which should I try first. I love the clarity of sun-filled photography and pretty pastry, and the unexpected layers beneath of '...opium with sugar and spices', walnuts instead of flour, noodles, rum, history, politics, Hungary v. Romania... Belle Epoque in Bucharest. I conclude there are no empty calories where Georgescu's presentation of Romanian and Eastern European confectionery is concerned. Everything is invested with allure and cleverness. Such a beautiful book." --Yemisi Aribisala


"What a transporting cookbook Tava is! Here are tempting recipes for Romanian cakes, pastries, biscuits and other treats made using delightful ingredients such as rose petals, chestnuts, walnuts, sour cherries and poppy seeds. Importantly - and evocatively - Irina Georgescu sets the rich tapestry of Romanian baking in a historic and social context, giving readers an insight into what has shaped and influenced Romanian cuisine." --Jenny Linford


"I love Irina Georgescu's writing. Carpathia was one of my favourite books of 2020 and Tava is equally exciting: a celebration of Romanian baking that is full of a sense of light and life. Matt Russell's photography is gorgeous. The recipes set me dreaming of strudels and poppy seed crescents and I can't wait to start baking from it." --Bee Wilson


"A joy and an education. Irina Georgescu has disentangled the strands woven into Romanian cooking and identity and she has done so deliciously, through glorious cakes, pies, strudels and doughnuts. Cook, eat, learn." - Diana Henry


"I am such a huge admirer of Irina Georgescu in general, and of this extraordinarily impressive and important book in particular. A must-have, not just for enquiring bakers but, crucially, for all those interested in the context and evolution of culinary culture." - Nigella Lawson


"It's a baking book, and if you are a baker, even a hesitant one, I cannot think of one good reason why you would not want to own this book. And even non-bakers would surely be grateful for its beauty, its meticulousness, its thought-provoking essays-by-stealth on the relationship between food and heritage and, oh, the food itself!" -Nigella Lawson, Nigella.com
"This is an epic and riveting journey but a homely one too. Tava is not a lofty book, rather it is a book for home bakers, grounded in Romanian kitchens (both the humble and the not-so) and filled with incredibly tempting, doable recipes." -Nic Miller, Tales From Topographic Kitchens
"It is outstanding. Filled with vibrant imagery and recipes to inspire you like no other baking title before. A must have....I honestly have goosebumps looking at the pages and content in this book." --Jenny Hartin, Eat Your Books
"Cooks ready to embark on serious fall baking will find ample inspiration in "Tava" (Nov. 8, Hardie Grant), Irina Georgescu's compendium of cakes, strudels, pastries and other treats from Romania and beyond." -Sarah Karnasiewicz, Wall Street Journal
Irina and I agree that this part of the world is not enough known, or understood in the west--the food, the folklore, the craft of the people, the joy, the suffering, the beauty, and the culture. Tava aims to change that, through the simple joy of baking. --Sarah Copeland, EDIBLE LIVING
"Irina and I agree that this part of the world is not enough known, or understood in the west--the food, the folklore, the craft of the people, the joy, the suffering, the beauty, and the culture. Tava aims to change that, through the simple joy of baking." --Sarah Copeland, EDIBLE LIVING

"Cooks ready to embark on serious fall baking will find ample inspiration in "Tava" (Nov. 8, Hardie Grant), Irina Georgescu's compendium of cakes, strudels, pastries and other treats from Romania and beyond." -Sarah Karnasiewicz, Wall Street Journal?