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The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia [Paperback]

Darra Goldstein
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21 July 1999
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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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (21 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520219295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520219298
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darra Goldstein is the author of a number of books, including A Taste of Russia: A Cookbook of Russian Hospitality (1983) and The Vegetarian Hearth: Recipes and Reflections for the Cold Season (1996). She is Professor of Russian at Williams College, and is now writing a cultural history of Russian food.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From someone who knows 14 April 2008
Being a (a) Georgian (b) enthusiastic cook and (c) collector of culinary books I most certainly recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in Georgian cuisine.
Only complaint (not bog enough to deduct a whole star) is glossary at the end. Could be a bit more extensive and needs more through checking.

However, there is no better book in English on the subject.

Just ordered my third and fourth copies. First two migrated from my library, third one will make a gift. Fourth one is mine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stock up on your walnuts 19 Sep 2009
By Jen13
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I got this book partly because I enjoyed the chapter on Georgian food in Nigella Lawson's feast, and partly because a friend who visited Georgia really, really liked the food.

The book is really enjoyable to read through. It explains about the history of Georgia and where it's food traditions come from, as well as the author's experience of travelling in Georgia, before getting into the recipes. These first sections might be overly long for people who just want the recipes, but I enjoyed them.

The recipes themselves are generally really accessible and easy to follow, and are really tasty as well. Ingredients that you can only really get in Georgia have been sensibly substituted for things you can easily get hold of in the West - although a small criticism is that the book caters to a US audience and some of the words and ingredients used aren't as immediately recognisable in the UK as they are across the pond.

However, the recipes are generally excellent, and quite a bit different to food here while still remaining appealling - from a book of a completely unfamiliar ethnic cuisine, the only one I wouldn't want to try is the tripe soup!

Although a fair bit of the book focuses on meat, there's also an emphasis on the importance of vegetables in Georgian cuisine and it'd be a good book to get if you regularly have to cook for a veggie.

The only thing I'd really change about this book is the lack of photos - as Georgian cuisine is generally unfamiliar to most of us, an idea of what the food is meant to look like would be much appreciated. However, don't let this put you off as the recipes are easy enough to follow.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The only other Georgian cookbooks written in english I have been able to find seem to have come from Soviet publishers and are very difficult to use. This book is well presented with pleasant stories about the dishes and the author's experinces. The recipies are also explained properly, but where this book lets itself down is that the recipies only show imperial measurements. The publishers did not even bother to put the metric equivalents in brackets afterwards. Also an author who has obviously travelled outside of the US should know better. The nonsensical meansurements do make the book a bit of an inconvenience for those of us under 50, hence only 3 stars for an otherwise good effort.
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