Carpathia: Food from the Heart of Romania
by Irina Georgescu
A podcast for The New Books Network
A Journey to Romania: Into the Heart of a Country and its Cuisine
Romania is a land of crossroads: of empire, of geography, and culture, shaped by centuries of rule by the Greeks, Ottomans, and Hapsburgs. The dramatically different geographic regions of Romania include flat plains and soaring mountain peaks, as well as the Danube Delta. But wherever you go in this fascinating country, you find a passion for food and a celebration of tradition. Irina Georgescu’s new book, “Carpathia: Food from the Heart of Romania” (Interlink Books, 2020), is a marvelous exploration of Romania’s rich culinary heritage, inspired by her family’s recipe collection and her recollections of the family’s “all hands-on deck” approach to cooking and eating.
“Carpathia” is filled with recipes that run the gamut from simple spreads to complicated festive dishes. And for anyone with an adventurous streak looking to explore a new culture and cuisine, it offers a window into the fascinating traditions of Romania, emerging from decades of Communist rule to take its rightful place on the map of European culture and cuisine.
Enjoy my conversation with Irina Georgescu!
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Exploring food markets, developing recipes, and just eating was once my hobby, but now it is a full-time job. I write about food markets around the world, develop recipes, and study culinary history and emerging trends. I have a particular interest in Russian and Eastern European cuisine and culinary history.
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