When Exisle Publishing asked me to review this cookbook I did wonder how I would evaluate a book filled with recipes. Cooking is not my favourite thing to do, however, I do adore fresh ingredients and eating wholesome and delicious food!
When I received The Adriatic Kitchen, and began to thumb through the pages it became apparent why Barbara Unkovic is a multiple award winner. The look of this book invokes feelings of a well-loved must have in any kitchen. I felt drawn into the Adriatic as she expertly shared her passion for writing, her love of her father’s homeland, short stories about each recipe, and the delightful recipes inspired by Croatian cuisine and local produce. The book’s sections are by season, and with each recipe I was taken to the place or people it was inspired by – like foraging for wild grapes for the grape jelly or the kind man who bought along a rotary hoe to till the potato plot so there were home grown potatoes for the leek and potato soup.
Thankyou Barbara for a cookbook that is easy for busy people to use and inspires cooking with fresh seasonal and local food. After trying a few recipes, I was surprised how much I enjoyed preparing the food, (remembering cooking is not my favourite thing to do!) The walnut coffee slice was amazing. The Almond Biscuits and pancakes with chocolate sauce are so easy and delicious. The Gnocchi and apple and cinnamon cake are to die for!
The Adriatic Kitchen won’t end up at the back of a cupboard or draw – my copy will take pride of place on my benchtop, and will be used often. I highly recommend you get a copy for your benchtop too – only $14.99.