Reports about every aspect of food and the culture it stems from, both practical and anecdotal, and naturally all the most important recipes from Europe's various regions open up a culinary universe that you can capture in your own kitchen. "The European Specialities" volume of the fabulous "Culinaria" series leads the reader on a tour of discovery, equally engaging for the eyes and the palate, throughout all of Europe: from Ireland in the west to Russia in the east, from Finland to the north and Turkey to the south. The entire richness of each country, its traditions and distinctive regional characteristics as reflected in the artistry of its bakers and chefs, its master cheese makers and butchers, its winemakers and more, is captured in detailed photographic reports and impressive, large-format images. Carefully selected recipes that best and most temptingly convey the typical character of each national cuisine make it possible to bring the culinary journey to a practical conclusion by enjoying them at home. A glossary with explanations of the most important gastronomic terms and an extensive index round out this work.