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Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes [Hardcover]

Tessa Kiros
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1 Oct 2004
Falling Cloudberries is filled with the recipes that have woven their way through the life of Tessa Kiros and her family, from the sweets handed out at Scottish fetes on days off from a Greek school in South Africa to the rice puddings with rosewater and cinnamon made in a shed by her Cypriot grandfather (who also had a fondness for pickling baby birds) and the gravlax with dill prepared by her Finnish mother. In this dream-like journey across the globe, recipes and narrative merge with images of food. The book features over 150 recipes, all of which have been lovingly collected and adapted by Tessa since early adulthood, or remembered and recreated from childhood. They are as diverse in style and flavour as the extended family and households through which they've travelled. Some are redolent of roses, cinnamon, cassia and cardamom, mint and citrus, from the Greek side of the family, others are Scandinavian in origin, sprinkled with berries or dill and spread with mustard. Chilli, garlic, oregano, cumin and red onions appear, and there are chocolate,vanilla, cream and pistachio confections from childhoods the world over. A Peruvian housekeeper makes a contribution, and a Thai soup appears, simply because Tessa couldn't imagine her life without it. Key points: like Tessa's other bestsellers, Twelve and Apples for Jam, this also mixes a traditional recipe style with a rich and personal narrative on Tessa's own passion for food; featuring mouth watering food photography and traditional recipes; Falling Cloudberries won the Gold Ladle at the 2005 World Food Media Awards for Best Hardcover Recipe Book
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740453646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740453646
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17.8 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was four, 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, and now lives in Tuscany.

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'Every reader will find something new to try. It all sounds gorgeous!' -- Lydia Slater, Style Sunday Times

'Falling Cloudberries is a beautiful book, full of recipes I can't wait to start using.' -- Rita Konig, The Saturday Telegraph Magazine

'One of the most beautiful cookbooks I have ever seen.' -- Jill Dupleix, The Times

'Tessa Kiros is set to be the culinary world's latest star.' -- Red Magazine, September 2005

About the Author

Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was four, 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, and now lives in Tuscany. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This delightful tome takes the reader on a worldwide journey, experiencing the cuisine of the author's best-loved places.

'Finland still remains a dream; a faraway land where Father Christmas lives and glides here and there with his sleigh, ducking through falling cloudberries and past my mother ice-skating to school.....'

'Falling Cloudberries, A World of Family Recipes' is Tessa's second book, a personal collection of family recipes from around the world.

The exquisite cover opens up to reveal a recipe mix of unusual, exotic tastes and familiar, family favourites.
A family tree introduces Tessa's family members and the book is further enhanced by old family photos. This gives the recipes a sense of place and history as they have been handed down through the generations.

399 thick, high quality matt pages, split over main chapters:

1. Falling Cloudberries (Finland) page 14
2. Oregano, Oranges & Olive Groves (Greece) page 70
3. Cinnamon & Roses (Cyprus) page 144
4. Monkeys' Weddings (South Africa) page 218
5. Washing Lines & Wishing Wells (Italy) page 276
6. Suitcase of Recipes (World) pages 334-385

sandwiched between an introduction entitled 'Food from many Kitchens' and a concise index, concluding with a charming acknowledgment page, entitled 'from Tessa'.
A thin blue satin ribbon keeps your page when you have to put this book down, a book that is arguably 'just a recipe book' but almost demands to be read like a novel, at any time in any place!

The first glimpse of Tessa's unique writing style is captured in her introduction:

'These are the recipes I grew up with; the recipes that have woven their way through the neighbourhoods of my mind, past indifference and into love.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall in love with "Falling Cloudberries". 18 Jan 2005
Format:Hardcover
I have loads of cookery books, I'm something of a cookery book addict. I could not resist this one because the photos and overall presentation of the book was mouth-watering. I bought this book just before Christmas and used it all over Christmas. Every recipe I have tried from it has worked beautifully! I made the pineapple upside-down cake for my in-laws and it was fantastic. I have made pineapple cakes in the past but Tessa's recipe includes a caramel sauce that you cook into the cake so that when you turn it upside-down, it makes the cake beautifully moist.
One of my favourite foods is candied yams (sweet potatoes) which I always used to cook in the oven. Tessa's recipe cooks them slowly on the stove top in orange juice which moistens and caramelises at the same time - gorgeous.
Apart from the recipes, what I love about the book is the way the reader is drawn into Tessa's own family history. You are introduced to the members of her family through her family tree and the book is beautifully illustrated with old family photos. This gives the recipes themselves a sense of place and history as the recipes are handed through the family. The author has travelled widely and collected recipes along the way. The food takes the reader on a worldwide journey, experiencing the cuisine of the places she loves.
Tessa says in her introduction, "These are my favourite recipes". They are fast becoming mine, too!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful present! 13 Aug 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I got this book as a christmas present from my sister and brother in law and loved it immediately. It still is one of the most beautiful cookery books I own and I've got about 300 - 400, roughly estimated. But it is not only extremely beautiful, it's also interesting to read (and no, it's not supposed to be a memoir, it says " a world of family recipes" on the front, so it will obviously be mainly about cookery) and the recipes are just great. I'm the queen of cheesecakes at work now, just because of Tessa's marvellous "Ricotta Tart with a Chocolate Crust". The ricotta makes a wonderfully light cake (but if you can't get any just use full fat cream cheese) and the added orange juice and rind give it a fresh moreish taste. People will definitely leave nothing on the plate and ask you for the recipe! Another good thing is that this book offers recipes from quite different parts of the world (due to Tessa's family history): Finland, Greece, Cyprus, South Africa, Italy and some other countries she travelled. Buy it for yourself or as a wonderful present for someone who likes stories and cookery! For me, it's one of the books I'd never part with.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exquisite Find : ) 8 Sep 2006
Format:Hardcover
I have fallen in love with this enchanting book. Just on the basis of a collection of recipes this is still a fantastic book, but this is far more than just a collection of recipes. In Tessa Kiros's Falling Cloudberries she has created an immensely personal journey through different lands and experiences and the resulting eclectic mix of foods and approaches to recipes.

It is an exquisite book both visually (it is of an exceptionally high quality) and through the generosity of Tessa's fascinating biography allowing the recipes she has chosen to really come alive.

I look foward to getting to know this book well. What a treasure and what a treat. You will want to share this book with everyone who is dear to you, as Tessa shares her memories of those who are dear to her.

Thank you Tessa for the wonderful gift that is 'Falling Cloudberries'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book
Bought for purely superficial reasons (proof you should always judge a book by its cover), this is a great recipe book complete with pretty images, lovely insights to all the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic recipes at their best.
Tessa Kiros takes you on a magical culinary journey - not to be missed. A must for all keen cooks
Published 2 months ago by G M OConnor
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful mixture of cultures and memories
Tessa Kiros, daughter of a Finnish mother and a Greek Cypriot father, recounts the various flavors of her childhood and adult life (Finland, Greece, South Africa, Italy and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Just gorgeous
Fabulous recipes, beautiful photography. Much more than just a cookery book. It makes you want to cook everything on the pages, and visit the countries that inspired the dish in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jo G
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book and recipes that work
I have so many cookbooks, but this is one I turn to over and over again. Probably it is because the Greek influence is so appealing to our personal taste in food. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Discerning reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book for any real kitchen
Good recipes, fascinating reading, inspired photography. A good read as well,as a sound collection of international recipes makes me want to visit these countries
Published 14 months ago by Chris W
5.0 out of 5 stars the world of tessa kiros
I collect Tessa's books as they are a treasury of life , love ,family , travel receipe and the most enchanting photography and art work ... Read more
Published 18 months ago by maggie
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book but infuriating binding
The recipes brought together in this book are beautiful and well written. One other reviewer has said that there is nothing new in this book; whilst that may be true for some,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by EFP
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and practical!
Not only this book beautiful to look at, with some lovely family photos as well as pictures of the food, but unlike many cookbooks I find it is packed full of good honest practical... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Helpline
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful read
not only has this book got wonderful recipies, but it's a lovely picture she paints of her life growing up, and you can taste it in the food.
Published 19 months ago by Rocket Robbie
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