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Winter in the Alps: Food by the Fireside Paperback – 1 Dec 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740667387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740667388
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,495,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Manuela Darling-Gansser was born in Lugano, Switzerland. She spent her early childhood years in Iran before returning to school in Zürich. An inveterate traveller and keen linguist she has lived in the USA, Japan, Italy and the UK, and visited other parts of Asia, India and North Africa. Inspired by family traditions, she has been a passionate cook all her adult life. Her successful travel and food books include Under the Olive Tree, Autumn in Piemonte and Spring in Sicily. She lives with her family in Sydney.

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When I first heard about Winter in the Alps on a sweetly wistful food blog called Dreaming of Winter, I gleefully scampered over to Amazon to find a copy for myself. It is even more wonderful than I had hoped it would be. Winter in the Alps travels the snowy paths of the Swiss mountains, focusing primarily on the Italian-speaking region the author's family comes from. She occasionally dips into other areas, such as the lovely chapter on Christmas in Zurich, but the book is steeped in the comfortable old Swiss-Italian traditions of Ticino and Grigioni.

About ten years ago, I was lucky enough to spend ten months on a school exchange programme in Neuchatel, and fell beamingly in love with a nation that devotes whole supermarket aisles to the glorious business of chocolate. It's this Switzerland that Darling-Gansser conjures up so beautifully: full of laughter and family and warmth and good food, even when the weather outside blasts freezing cold snow at the bolted door. She has an irrepressibly welcoming tone, as if you were a friend sitting down at her kitchen table as she slices vegetables and tells you about a wonderful mountain inn her family discovered recently. When Darling-Gansser paints verbal pictures of starry nights in the mountains, one cannot help being enchanted by her generosity and sense of wonder at the fairy-tale quality of glowing windows in winter storms and snow.

And quite apart from the utterly magical stories and memories she recounts, the recipes really work. You can tell that they've been tested extensively to make sure absent-minded home cooks like you and me don't lose our way.
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This is such a gorgeous book with not only fabulous recipes but lots of photos of the mountains, chalets and skiing..I have ordered another one for my parents as they love Austria although this is set in Switzerland with memories and inspirations by the author of how it is to live there. Really makes you look forward to Winter and inspires you to get in the kitchen!
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I saw this book for sale in Switzerland in the paperback version. With the exchange rate as it is, 26 Swiss Francs is nearly £18, so I had a look on the website and purchased it in hardback form, which is so much nicer, for less. It is a beautifully designed book, with wonderful photographs, descriptions and illustrations. I will probably not use many of the recipes, but it is a good "coffee table book" with lots of information and history about various places and customs in Switzerland. If you are a lover of Switzerland and things Swiss, you will love this book.
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This is the first book I have purchased by this author but it won't be the last. It is packed full of winter dishes few of which require expensive or difficult to obtain ingredients. The photography is very good - evocative of many a ski-ing holiday. Highly recommended.
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