Andrea Pisac, author of the cookbook “Croatian Desserts”: Croatian gastronomic offer should focus more on traditional dishes

first_imgThe author of the book, doctor of anthropology, writer, travel blogger and winner of the City of Zagreb Award for Cultural Contribution, turned her inspiration into an interesting book, which is also the first cookbook of Croatian desserts written in English. Fifty recipes for traditional Croatian cakes from almost all parts of Croatia are immortalized in 515 attractive photos, which show the finished dessert, but also the preparation itself. It will be able to be used by enthusiasts without any experience in the kitchen, as well as those a little more skilled who want to improve their culinary skills. Numerous visitors of the Bulldog gastro pub showed how much desserts are a favorite and indispensable part of the Croatian gastronomic tradition, at the promotion of Croatian dessert chef “Croatian Desserts” Andrea Pisac. When asked how she came up with the idea to combine the recipes of autochthonous Croatian desserts into one cookbook, Andrea explained that the interest of the readers of her blog Croatia Honestly about traditional Croatian dishes was one of the main factors. “Through constant communication with them, I actually realized that people are very interested in getting to know Croatia through food, and especially through sweets. Since I am an anthropologist by profession, I am very interested in traditional food and a self-sustaining diet, so I set out to explore indigenous desserts and collect them in one cookbook.She said. The smell of the cake attracted both bloggers and journalists, a great food lover, Domagoj Jakopović Ribafish and Ashley Colburn, known for her great documentaries and great love for Croatia.  Although the cookbook is already available in bookstores and gift shops in Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Zadar, as well as on the official website, Andrea has even bigger plans for its distribution and promotion. “The plans are to distribute the cookbook to all airports in Croatia, and we are in negotiations with many centers of the Croatian diaspora around the world, such as, for example, the presentation of the book on the east and west coasts of the United States. We are also in negotiations for direct distribution through Amazon”, She explained and added that”from the spring, the plan will direct the promotion to foreign tourists and will start expanding the distribution to even more gift shops, but also hotels.” “Gastronomy is definitely one of the key elements of the tourist offer”, Andrea thinks. “I think that currently this segment is best developed in Istria and Međimurje counties. Croatia should focus much more on traditional dishes and be proud of its simple dishes to which foreigners react the most. One of the fantastic examples of such dishes is soparnik, which is actually a very simple and poor dish, but there is no guest who is not delighted with it.”, She explained. Through stories that combine tradition with a vision of the future, Andrea has created a collection of Croatian culinary heritage. “Sweets are emotions, and emotions are the best way to connect what is separated, whether it is a bridge between the past, present and future, or it is different cultures that want to get to know each other. Therefore, this cookbook is an ideal gift and in fact another authentic Croatian souvenir, because it is known that one of the favorite ways to get to know a country and its culture is gastronomy.She said. The book “Croatian Desserts” is thematically divided into several chapters: Lazy Morning, Sunday Sweets, Special Occasions, Cakes, Christmas Sweets and Easter Sweets. Recipes are expressed in metric and imperial unit systems so they will be able to be followed by those who weigh the ingredients as well as those who measure them in cups and spoons. Each dessert has an introductory story – details about the origin of the dessert, the occasions in which it is eaten, the rituals and some perhaps already forgotten lines from the life of the cake. Another peculiarity of this book are the bilingual names with pronunciation.  Andrea places Croatian desserts in the context of European, world-famous dessert classics. She collected original recipes by word of mouth and field research, and their great value is authenticity. Various culinary and cultural stories about each of the selected cakes represent an ideal window into Croatian gastronomy, as well as into the Croatian way of life. The book presents desserts by which Croatia is already recognized abroad, such as walnut and poppy seeds, fritters, štruklji, paprenjaci, kremšnite, Međimurje gibanica, but also some forgotten recipes such as Kaiserschmarrn or water rolls. You can find the cookbook in selected bookstores and gift shops, as well as in the official one website.last_img

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