Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Falling Cloudberries" by Tessa Kiros

"Falling Cloudberries" is absolutely charming. It is a cookbook, family history and personal essay collection all in one. I loved reading about the author's background. Tessa Kiros' family is from Finland and Cyprus, so there are recipes from both of those areas. And then with the author's travels, we get recipes from South Africa, Greece and Italy. The recipes in this book provide a wide array of tastes and flavors.

Along with the eclectic variety of recipes, the author includes sweet stories and memories of her parents and grandparents. And those stories come to life as she has included old black and white photos of her family through out the book.

Some of the recipes that I earmarked were the pork schnitzels from Finland, the baked lamb and potatoes with cumin and tomatoes from Cyprus, sweet potatoes with sugar, cinnamon and orange juice from South Africa and especially the lemon vanilla jam from South Africa.

Everyone loves a good book that transports them to the world it describes. But a cookbook that does that is a rare treat.


Shelby Lou said...

I am going to attempt to make Ethans Mac & Cheese tonight, along with the butter cracker chicken nuggets. That is a good combo right?! haha

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Sounds like a great book!

Remember how like, a million years ago, you asked for a good meatball recipe?

Here you go!