Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes

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The New York Times calls Tessa Kiros's work "exuberant and colorful." And that is just what her gem, Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes, is. The book is full of personal touches and stories. It is a beautiful collection of family anecdotes, history, and traditions all documented with stunning photography, unique illustrations, and a warm dialogue that will simply pull you in.

Kiros's Apples for Jam, was called "a lovely quilt ...

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Overview

The New York Times calls Tessa Kiros's work "exuberant and colorful." And that is just what her gem, Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes, is. The book is full of personal touches and stories. It is a beautiful collection of family anecdotes, history, and traditions all documented with stunning photography, unique illustrations, and a warm dialogue that will simply pull you in.

Kiros's Apples for Jam, was called "a lovely quilt snuggled softly against your cheek" by the Times Herald-Record of Hudson Valley, New York.

You'll find Falling Cloudberries in the Cookbook section, but it could also easily be found in the World Cultures or Travel sections because the recipe collections give a unique taste of Finland, Greece, Cyprus, South Africa, and Italy all in one.

This is possible because of Kiros's life. She takes us on a global journey of taste and experience with her eclectic compilation of 170 simple and delicious recipes that reflect her world travels, multicultural heritage, family traditions, and amazing cooking combinations.

Taste the world without leaving your kitchen.

* Destination: delicious. Kiros inspires home cooks with a broad offering of dishes from Finland, Greece, Cyprus, South Africa, and Italy.

* Recipes are organized by country and are complemented with 185 four-color photographs and gorgeous illustrations. A handy index makes it easy to find specific foods and recipes.

* The book even has a lovely illustration of the author's family tree, which gives home cooks an inside look at the author's diverse and world-spanning family and their food traditions.

* The bold packaging and robust photography are just as inviting as Tessa's tasty dishes.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Kiros (Apples for Jam: A Colorful Cookbook) grew up in South Africa with a Finnish mother and Cypriot father, and she now lives in Tuscany with her Italian husband. Her latest book is a delightful celebration of a family that "has loved many kitchens," with separate chapters on recipes from Finland, Greece, Cyprus, South Africa, and Italy. Kiros has a lovely style, and she shares many memories in this gem; striking color photographs add to its appeal. Highly recommended. [Selection of the Gourmet Cookbook Club.]


—Judith Sutton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740781520
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 547,208
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

No one captures the spirit and soul of a place quite like Tessa Kiros. She was born in London, to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was 4, and at the age of 18 Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world’s cultures and traditions, and new ways of living and eating. She has cooked at London’s The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens, and Mexico. On a trip to Italy to study the language and food, she met her husband, Giovanni. They now live in Tuscany, with their two children.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

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    "Cloudberries" has a permanent place in my cooking library

    Jealous of Kiros' diverse family recipes and map-skipping travels, I read "Falling Cloudberries" from cover to cover, bookmarking tasty bites with flavors that span the globe. I was inspired to cook something immediately, but choosing a recipe proved difficult. My sweet tooth argued for dessert. But would it be the crumbly crisp Cinnamon and Cardamom Buns from Finland? Bougatsa from Greece, layered filo with sweet, custard-like filling? Cream cheese-filled Bourekia cookies from Cyrpus? In the end, Kiros' grandfather's Rice Pudding recipe (page 192), a mildly sweet and comforting dish, was the perfect footnote for the dinner I'd already eaten.

    Part memoir, part family scrapbook and entirely food-driven, this is the cookbook I wish I had written. Reading it feels familial, infused with childhood and nostalgia. Finished with my initial reading, I flipped through the book a second time to make my grocery list. The book already looked like a member of my (admittedly large) cooking library, torn paper scraps marking favored items and desserts with my notes for accompaniments. It being April, I'm baking up the South African cinnamon-swirled Bobba's Babka (page 246) for Easter brunch. Hopefully my family will love the recipe as much as I do.

    Served with a bit of nostalgia, this recipe collection provides a great balance of flavors with an approachable, continental flair. When this book arrived in the mail, I celebrated. There's a beautiful heft to the book - brimming with gorgeous patterns, color photography and thick, glossy pages - that makes it seem a prize, worthy of celebration and, perhaps, a bit more of that lovely rice pudding.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    Amazing Beautiful Cookbook

    I absolutely LOVE all of Tessa Kiros' books. They are beautifully illustrated personal cooking memoirs, loaded with tasty recipes, gorgeous photos and family history. I recommend them frequently for cooks and cookbook lovers.

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