'Istria is testament to the idea that recipes are so much more than instructions, that they are accumulated layers of stories and histories, both personal and collective, brought to life every time a dish is made. An exquisite book.’ — Rachel Roddy
Istria is the heart-shaped promontory at the northern crux of the Adriatic Sea, where rows of vines and olives grow in fields of red earth. Here, the cuisine records a history of changing borders — a blend of the countries (Italy, the Republic of Venice, Austria, Hungary and now Slovenia and Croatia) that have shared Istria’s hills and coasts and valleys.
This book is a record of traditions, of these cultures and of Paola’s family: recipes from her childhood, the region’s past, and family and friends who still live beside the Adriatic coast. Among recipes for semolina dumplings, beef and pork goulash and apricot strudel are memories of the region and stories of the recipes’ authors: the Italian-Istrians who remained in the region after the 1940s, and those who left for new countries.
Paola Bacchia is one of Australia’s most popular Italian food bloggers. Her blog, Italy On My Mind, tells the story of family memories and their connections to food. It won awards for best food blog in 2013 and 2015 by ITALY magazine. Paola returns to Italy every year to expand her knowledge of Italian food, its traditions and innovations. Paola previously published Italian Street Food with Smith Street Books in 2016.
Publisher: Smith Street Books (September 29, 2021)
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