The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia / Edition 1

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According to Georgian legend, God took a supper break while creating the world. He became so involved with his meal that he inadvertently tripped over the high peaks of the Caucasus, spilling his food onto the land below. The land blessed by Heaven's table scraps was Georgia.

Nestled in the Caucasus mountain range between the Black and Caspian seas, the Republic of Georgia is as beautiful as it is bountiful. The unique geography of the land, which includes both alpine and subtropical zones, has created an enviable culinary tradition. In The Georgian Feast, Darra Goldstein explores the rich and robust culture of Georgia and offers a variety of tempting recipes.

The book opens with a fifty-page description of the culture and food of Georgia. Next are over one hundred recipes, often accompanied by notes on the history of the dish. Holiday menus, a glossary of Georgian culinary terms, and an annotated bibliography round out the volume.

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Goldstein is the author of the well-respected A Taste of Russia (published as A La Russe , LJ 8/83; HarperPerennial: HarperCollins, 1991) and a Russian professor at Williams College. Here she focuses on an area known for its warm hospitality and diverse regional cuisine. Beginning with a brief history of the Georgian republic and an exploration of its cultural and culinary traditions, she then presents 100 or so recipes. Goldstein's scholarly credentials are evident in her informed commentary. Juliane Margvelashvili's earlier The Classic Cuisine of Soviet Georgia ( LJ 8/91) has a lighter, somewhat more engaging tone, and, not surprisingly, many of the recipes in the two books are similar. Nevertheless, good books on Russian food remain few and far between, and Goldstein's is a good addition to the literature.Sciences
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520219298
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/14/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Darra Goldstein is Willcox and Harriet Adsit Professor of Russian at Williams College and founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. She has consulted for the Council of Europe as part of an international group exploring ways in which food can be used to promote tolerance and diversity and is the author of a number of books, including A Taste of Russia and The Winter Vegetarian.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
PART ONE: AN ABUNDANT LAND
1. A Cultural Excursion
2. The Georgian Feast
3. The Flavors of Georgia
PART TWO: RECIPES AND MENUS
Appetizers
Soups
Meat
Poultry
Fish
Sauces
Cheese, Egg, and Yogurt Dishes
Breads and Grains
Vegetables
Pickles and Preserves
Sweets
Menus
A Glossary of Georgian Culinary Terms
Selected Bibliography
Index
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