Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes Hardcover – 1 Oct 2004
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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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Top Customer Reviews
'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.Read more ›
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!
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'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great recipes and lovely stories to go with them
She has such a gift for words, her recipes and photo's are a work of art.Published 8 months ago by Dana
Bought as a present - one very happy recipient! In great condition, only one page showed any wear.Published 11 months ago by sandt
I received this as a mother's day gift from my daughters more than 10 years ago. Since then, I have bought several copies for friends' birthdays and Christmas gifts, and now for... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Clea Caisley