Istria: Recipes and Stories From the People of Istria by Paola Bacchia

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  • ISBN 10 1922417181
  • ISBN 13 9781922417183
  • Published Oct 05 2021
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 272
  • Language English
  • Publisher Smith Street Books

Publishers Text

Istria is the heart-shaped promontory at the northern crux of the Adriatic Sea, where rows of vines and olives grow in red fields. Here, the cuisine records a history of changing borders - a blend of the three countries (Italy, Croatia and Slovenia) that have shared Istria's hills and coasts and valleys.

This book is a record of traditions, of these cultures and of Paolo's family: recipes from her childhood, the region's past, and her relatives and friends who still live beside the Adriatic coast. Among recipes for potato dumplings, baked antipasti, and strudels made with cherries, apricots, and plums, are memories of the region and the stories of the recipes' authors: the Italian-Istrians who remained in the region after the 1940s, and those who left for new countries.

Istria is full of recipes inspired by home kitchens and memories of what grew in the owner's gardens: hearty grain soups and seafood, crepes piled high and biscuits flavored with cinnamon. Istrian cuisine is a rich blend of Venice and Vienna, Hungary and the Balkans - food doesn't have borders, and certainly not in this book's recipes

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