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The Best of Slovak Cooking (New Hippocrene Original Cookbooks) Hardcover – 1 Feb 2000


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books Inc.,U.S. (1 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781807654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781807654
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,903,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This cookbook features nearly 100 easy-to-follow Slovak recipes, including such favourites as caraway seed soup, stuffed peppers, braided bread, and Christmas dumplings. All the recipes are adapted for the North American kitchen.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan 2001
Format: Hardcover
'Best of Slovak Cooking' by Sylvia & John Lorinc
This book offers a fairly large variety of typically Slovak dishes however I would not recommend this book to anybody who wants to experience Slovak cooking.
Born in Slovakia and having lived there for 20 years before moving to England 5 years ago gives me the ability to judge the quality and 'colourfulnes' of the recipes.
The first negative impression is that the book contains no pictures except a bad quality one on the front cover. Surely it is important to tempt the readers visually by accompanying some of the recipes with an enticing photograph of the final result. Secondly the recipes are brief. This may be sufficient for an experienced cook but it will probably scare off the novice and intermediary who are unfamiliar with Eastern European style cooking. Thirdly the book correctly mentions the importance of sauerkraut, sour cream and caraway seeds in Slovak cooking, however I have noticed that sour cream is often used where single or double cream would be more appropriate. Also, the book places little emphasis on the importance of mushrooms in Slovak dishes. Finally I was surprised that there is not a single recipe for a main fish dish. Despite the fact that Slovakia is landlocked, its rivers and lakes are full of fresh water fish especially trout as well as carp and pike. There is an endless number of ways to prepare trout and admirers of Slovak cuisine should not miss out on experiencing such a wonderful taste.

Born in Slovakia and having lived there for 20 years before moving to England 5 years ago gives me the ability to judge the quality and 'colourfulnes' of the recipes.
The first negative impression is that the book contains no pictures except a bad quality one on the front cover.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Good Peasant Food 16 Oct 2001
By A Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I must disagree with the reviewer from Amsterdam. I think this is quite a good cookbook. Though, if you're expecting Nouvelle Cuisine or modern fusion cooking, you will be disappointed. Slovak cooking is, at its heart, peasant food: hearty, filling, and unsophisticated...but good! Pirohy, dumplings, stuffed cabbages, pork dishes, poppy seed and nut rolls, and mushroom soup flavored with sauerkraut juice take me back to my Slovak grandfather's kitchen (my grandfather used dried wild mushrooms in his soup). My one criticism of the book is that, aside from the brief introduction, it contains no information on the cultural context of the recipes. Some personal anecdotes from the authors, and a bit more on the food traditions of Slovakia would be welcome.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Best of Slovak Cooking 11 Jun 2007
By Deborah Richadson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If the author thinks this is the best of Slovak cooking he has not eaten great Slovak food. Sorry, I consider this book a waste of money.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
not very good 4 Aug 2001
By GAGNAIRE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is not the best cooking book I have ever seen, there are not pictures at all, and some meal might be particular to the authors area in slovakia , the introduction starts with saying from slovak people, which is unknown from my girlfriend who is slovak... When I read this book, I felt like it was written very quickly, it does not seems to be written from someone who got the receipies from his grandmother. However, it gives a good overview of what they eat, I recommend the cabage soup, mnam !!!
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A good basic cookbook 18 Oct 2000
By Bob Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a good cookbook, with very easy to understand recipies with different variations of recipies like goulash, potato soup etc.
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