Just received an awesome cookbook of traditional Lithuanian dishes with some great English commentary. I am amazed at how familiar the recipes and cultural traditions are to me, having been raised in the USA. Reading through the book brought back many memories of mealtimes with my grandmas on both sides of the family. It makes me appreciate them so much more knowing that through their cooking they were exposing me to our rich culinary heritage, for that I am forever grateful.
This is the sixth cookbook by Lithuanian food expert Beata Nicholson. It is both a culinary memoir and cooking travelogue. Childhood reminiscences are interspersed with visits to makers of artisanal foods around Lithuania. The book is a ptersonal compendium of contemporary Lithuanian cooking. It contains more than ninety recipes for traditional dishes that are still prepared in Lithuanian homes today. They range from daily fare to homemade masterpieces for special occasions. The book’s seven chapters cover dishes for all meals of the day and vary from the simple to the elegant. Recipes for preserving and fermenting food are included.
The book is intended for those who wish to enjoy homemade Lithuanian foods.
CONTENT OF THE BOOK
I wanted to make sure it included recipes that remind me of the childhood breakfasts and lunches my mother and grandmother used to make.
“If you don’t eat soup, your belly will stick to your back,” my grandmother used to say. In the this section, I’ve put together the greatest hits of the Lithuanian soup charts.
Here I’ve put together all the most popular nibbles and bites you would expect to find on the traditional cold snack table and also the most loved salads on our table.
The potato is a perfect root vegetable and the most popular one in Lithuania. We love potatoes, and we can’t get enough of them. I’m proud of this.
The dessert table can never be just a one-cake show in Lithuania: it usually has at least four or five desserts. We love our cakes.
Every country has its own Christmas Eve traditions, but Lithuanian Kūčios is like nothing else in the world. No meat or dairy products can be eaten on Christmas Eve—only dishes made with vegetables and fish.
Lithuanian tradition of preserving and canning everything possible is still something of a national obsession. In this section, you’ll find the essential recipes for the most popular ones.
I wanted you to see and feel the soul of our country through the men and women you’ll meet in the book. They continue to preserve our traditions and are still making food the way it was done decades ago.
For those of you who love Lithuanian food – this English language cookbook TASTE LITHUANIA by Beata Nicholson is absolutely wonderful. A great collection of recipes, detailed descriptions, and beautiful photography.