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4.0 out of 5 stars The author's personal collection of family recipes from around the world.
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but not the most exciting
This book is beautiful and the collection of recipes diverse but not necessarily anything new. Cookbook enthusiasts are likely to already have other versions of these recipes and although the family history was endearing, it isn't a book I will be regularly dipping into. Perhaps a good buy for those new to cooking.
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60 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and presented, 13 Nov 2005
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This book has all the elements of a great cook book - lovely recipes for all occasions, gorgeous pictures, but most importantly an explanation for the choice of recipes. The author uses family history and her life experiences so that the recipes come alive and you can imagine food in the surroundings where the author enjoyed them.
And best of all, the recipes are great!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 7 July 2014
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recipes are okay and the book itself is attractive but not too inspiring
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 30 Jun 2014
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Wonderful recipes, well presented with beautiful photographs. Absolutely love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more than just a recipe book, 12 May 2014
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I love the variety of recipes from very different countries - Cyprus, South Africa and Finland, but I also love the old photos of family and places, its like delving into a travel book and brings the atmosphere of those places to life. Also has the best carrot cake recipe I've tried!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book, 18 Mar 2014
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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 countries and cultures within and stories behind the recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic recipes at their best., 16 Feb 2014
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Tessa Kiros takes you on a magical culinary journey - not to be missed. A must for all keen cooks
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful mixture of cultures and memories, 2 Nov 2013
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 beyond). Stories are interwoven into the simple yet delicious recipes and sprinkled with vintage family photographs and luminous photos that highlight the character of the faces and places that make these recipes memorable.

Falling Cloudberries opens with a pencil sketch of Tessa's family tree, complete with a Russian great-great-grandmother, her mother's Finnish relatives, and Tessa's Italian husband. The first chapter is dedicated to Finnish comfort foods such as marinated herrings, smoked salmon, Finnish meatballs with lingonberry jam, and cinnamon and cardamom buns. From Greece we have dolmades, baklava, tzatziki, avgolemono, octopus, and numerous lamb and seafood dishes. Cyprus is the most Middle Eastern of the cuisines, featuring airani (a chilled yogurt drink), grilled haloumi, hummus, lachmajou, tabouli, and koupes.

The chapter on South Africa is a mix of culinary influences that feels right at home in the United States: garlic bread, chicken wings with blue cheese dressing, barbecue, and carrot cake. Italy offers a divine champagne risotto, several pastas, and numerous elegant salads. The final chapter, A Suitcase of Recipes, features influences from farther abroad, including Thailand, Peru, and Morocco.

Tessa's style, both in the memoirs and the recipes themselves, is simple yet elegant. The ingredients and steps are clearly laid out, making Falling Cloudberries approachable even for beginning cooks. Most of the Greek and Italian ingredients should be fairly easy to find in any large supermarket (if you're lucky enough to have a Middle Eastern market in your city, you should be able to find rose water, haloumi and semolina (NOT semolina flour, but sameed, the cracked wheat used in basboosah).

There's a beautiful amount of variety in the endless possibility of mix-and-match dinners borrowing from different regions, or you could plan a theme party (a Finnish dinner, or a Greek one). Vegetarians will find numerous tasty recipes for cold salads (such as the chickpea and feta salad), baked dishes, as well as numerous potato preparations (the stuffed vegetables call for ground meat, but you could substitute rice). I loved the light, elegant desserts in particular, from flaky filo recipes for baklava and bougatsa to elegant shortcakes, chocolate truffle cake and creme caramel. This is a beautiful cookbook with a wealth of recipes that will appeal to cooks of all levels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just gorgeous, 3 Jun 2013
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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 the first place. A must for every food lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book and recipes that work, 19 May 2013
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. The family all love her chicken with lemons and potatoes and we have just had the roast lamb with lemons and oregano - delicious. I am really hoping to try her beautiful ice creams, and what is so nice is that, whatever I have in the fridge, I can always find a great recipe in this book.

Some people say there is nothing new here, but for me this book brings together flavours in a new and really satisfying way. It is quite an expensive book (I had it as a Christmas present) but you will be using it a great deal if you are lucky enough to get hold of a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book for any real kitchen, 9 Feb 2013
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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
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