"A sensitive, personal journey expressed through the beauty of food - just wonderful" - Jamie Oliver
"Olia Hercules is a storyteller-foodwriter, and a wholly original voice in the kitchen - there's not a recipe of hers I don't want to cook immediately" - Nigella Lawson
"This is an incredible book - as I began to leaf through I started to smile, and I didn't stop" - Diana Henry
Award-winning cookbook author Olia Hercules takes a culinary trip through the Caucasus—the vibrant region that bridges Europe and Asia —and share the recipes, stories, and striking images of this rich region.
In this gorgeous cookbook, Olia Hercules shares more than 100 dishes that celebrate the food, flavors, and unique culinary heritage of the Caucasus—Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Russian, and Turkey. Kaukasis charts Olia’s exploration of this unfamiliar area and introduces its wonderful cuisine that combines European and Middle Eastern ingredients in ways that are fresh and new.
Tsago’s Blackberry & Grape Sauce
Savory Peach & Tarragon Salad
Plov with Pumpkin, Chestnut & Walnut
Zahir’s Stoned Chicken
Vine Leaf Dolma
Armenian Cognac Profiteroles
Red Basil Sherbet
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About the Author
Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for 5 years before moving to London to study a BA in Italian language, followed by an MA in Russian and English. She then decided to train as a chef at Leith’s School of Food and Wine. She kicked off her culinary career working at London’s Union Market before becoming chef-de-partie for Ottolenghi’s. She has since gained national and international recognition for her culinary prowess and engaging personality and is a highly regarded chef, food stylist, and writer. Olia has appeared on The Food Network, launched an online startup (The Recipe Kit), contributes articles and video to the Guardian, which recently named her a Rising Star of 2015, and authored the critically acclaimed cookbook Mamushka. Find out more about Olia at oliahercules.com.
Read an Excerpt
Keti Sujashvili from Kazbegi in northeastern Georgia gave me this soup on a rainy June
afternoon and I fell in love with it. When she told me the recipe, I knew it would be one of
my very favorite ones in the entire book. It is so easy to make and won’t take you longer than
30 minutes, but it packs a real punch of flavor. Once when I cooked this I forgot to add the rice
and I didn’t miss it, but do add it if you prefer thicker soups. If you use the eggs, they will add
body to the soup, but add the eggs only if you’re intending to eat it all on the day of cooking.
¼ cup (2 oz/50 g) unsalted butter
2 potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
sea salt flakes
2 tablespoons mild olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, scrubbed and coarsely grated
2 bell peppers, 1 red and 1 green, cored, seeded, and sliced
2 large ripe tomatoes, grated (see Tip on page 167), skin discarded
1/3 cup (2½ oz/70 g) basmati rice (optional)
generous pinch of red pepper flakes
2 eggs, lightly beaten (optional)
2 small garlic cloves, finely grated
1 bunch of tarragon, leaves picked and chopped
Heat the butter in a saucepan over low heat, add the potatoes and coat them in the butter, then add 2 qt (2 L) water and a generous pinch of salt. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add the onion, and cook until soft and starting to go golden, about 7 minutes, then add the carrots and cook until they also start getting a little color, too, about 3 minutes.
Finally, add the peppers and sauté for a few minutes, then add the tomatoes. Keep stirring from time to time, so as not to let the mixture burn.
Add the sautéed vegetables, and the rice if using, to the potatoes and stock and cook until the rice and potatoes are tender, 10 minutes.
Lower the heat so that the stock is barely bubbling, add the red pepper flakes, and then gradually add the eggs, if using, whisking them in thoroughly.
Finally, whisk in the garlic, add the tarragon, and take the soup off the burner to serve.