Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros
OK, we admit to having bought this mainly for the title and the cover; I know, we’re suckers for looks. But we weren’t disappointed when we opened it. i’m somewhat ashamed to say though that it took us (literally) a couple of years to properly open it though, and I wish we’d have done it before then.
The cuisine is the result of a Russian, Finnish & Cypriot family background, further influenced by the author travelling to learn about other cultures and food. This translates into a fantastic range of recipes ranging from herrings, gravadlax, stroganoff, pasta dishes and the wonderfully fragrant orange and rose blossom water.
As you’d expect being raised in such cultures at such a time, there are enough ‘peasant-style’ dishes like Oven Cooked Potatoes with Onions and Cream to satisfy those who dream of simple, cheap, flavoursome and quick to prepare dishes.
Almost journal like, each dish has meaning to the author and it’s a weighty, beautifully photographed example of a non-mainstream book that really does deserve a look. Just don’t wait two years before doing it.
Note for these book reviews:
Like many others, our shelves are groaning under the weight of cookbooks, some celebrity, some less well known. Of course, we have plenty of the Jamie, Heston and Hugh FW collections, but there’s also quite a few gems that have a lower profile, most undeservedly so. So we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you in the hope you’ll do the same and we’ll all be a little richer because of it. These are books chosen from our own collection, many which we’ve had for years, and only mentioned here because we love them! In case it helps, we’ve added a link to Amazon.co.uk so you can read other reviews and maybe see what offers they have on any that might take your fancy.