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Estonian Tastes And Traditions [Hardcover]

Karin Karner
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Jan. 3 2006 Hippocrene Cookbook Library
Join Estonian-American Karin Annus Kärner on an exploration of Estonian cuisine. The family recipes contained within were collected by the author from Estonians both at home and abroad. They include such classic dishes as jellied veal or pork (sült), blood sausages (verivorstid), saurkraut with barley (mulgikapsad), beet and potato salad (rosolje), and a cranberry-farina whip (roosamanna). This comprehensive cookbook contains more than 150 traditional and modern recipes, all designed for the modern kitchen with readily available ingredients. The book also includes extensive historical and cultural information, and an Estonian-English/ English-Estonian glossary of culinary terms.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Book OK, Packaging not! Dec 8 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Book is fine, but the book arrived with corners dented and a big dent in the side. Packaging was inadequate to protect the book! Most disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Find Jan. 6 2010
Format:Hardcover
I am of Estonian descent but have lived in Canada for over 50 years. I had a few of my mothers recipes but nothing that she ever wrote down. Over the years I've cooked some Estonian dishes for my family which have evolved into our own taste preferences. Often I would ask my Estonian relatives and friends on how to make other food items but with mixed results, as they too have had to tweak things over the decades.

When I realized that this God-sent book, (I just saw it in a store in Nov.2009, when a woman ahead of me in line purchased 3 copies & the storekeeper said she was all sold out#, was actually in Canadian measurements with ingredients that were available here, I had to have it.

My grown daughters have been asking about certain foods that I make, and now that I have this amazing cookbook with everything that pertains to our culture in there, I will serve items from there more often. I, too, brought several copies and will gift them to my two daughters and son's families for them to see where we came from and what our food traditions are.

The recipes are clear, concise and some, with a fantastic taste, are so easy to make #Hazelnut merangues)... my family raved over these and 36 of these disappeared in one evening. I would recommend this book to anyone with an Estonian background and even to others who are curious cooks and bakers, to revel in the fantastic tastes and aromas of the recipes in ESTONIAN TASTES AND TRADITIONS. With grateful thanks to the author Karin Karner!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! Sept. 5 2009
By KaMaRa
Format:Hardcover
Estonian food is indeed simple & real food... and isn't that what we're looking for these days? These recipes are so easy to follow and true to my mother and grandmother's Estonian kitchens of 40 years ago (before chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients destroyed real honest food). I'm thrilled to have finally found authentic recipes for the best breads in the world, peen and must leib. Aitah Karin!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Informative! Feb. 8 2009
By Thinking Person - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a great introduction to not only Estonian cuisine, but also its culture. Ms Kärner has wisely included a bit of Estonian history and cultural traditions along with her extensive recipes. What I most like are her introductions with each recipe explaining the whys and wherefors of it. The recipes are a mix of traditional and contemporary Estonian dishes, using ingredients that are readily found at the market (even saffron and cardamom, which one used to have to diligently hunt for). All the favorites of mine that I grew up eating are there along with new ones that I would love to try.

This is also great for you Estos out there who have no one to show you how to make our most traditional and beloved dishes and long for a taste of home. This is the recipe book for you--and for anyone out there who would love to learn about an up-to-now little known country, its culture and its cuisine. "Head isu!" (Bon appetit!)

P.S. For those wanting to learn much more about Estonia, check out the DVD "The Singing Revolution", also found on Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Live Without This Book! Jan. 2 2013
By vintagemoderneer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this cookbook! So many of the recipes in here are just like the one's my IRISH mother used to make which I was never able to learn before she passed. Many of my Estonian friends here in the US were shocked when I pulled out this book! And many have received it joyfully as a gift from me! When will Karin produce another Estonian cookbook? Long overdue. My only recommendation to the writer is there should be lots of colored photos of the finished food - the eyes eat first!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Estonian Recipes!! Jan. 29 2010
By Astrid - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted authentic recipes from Estonia to pass on to my children who do not speak Estonian - this book is it - I have compared several recipes with those of my mother's, nothing comes closer than this book - very pleased!!Estonian Tastes And Traditions (Hippocrene Cookbook Library)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent April 12 2009
By T. Hendrikson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is great for all aspects of Estonian cooking. I am an Estonian-American 1st generation living in Australia. I have tried for years to do the 'Kringel", festive raisin bread, and all have been sorry attempts. This is the only book that has taken me through it step by step, and this Easter it was terrific. Exactly as my mother used to do. The same with the other receipes, although there are various American additives used which are not available overseas, ie 'Knorr aromatic seasoning'. , 'Old Bay seasoning'. I either do not use it, or use something else. So far it has not proven to be a great obstacle, only a slight irritant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good and authentic Feb. 21 2009
By Louise Jakobson - Published on Amazon.com
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I've tried several recipes from this book, all successful and authentic-tasting. I disagree with the reviewer who found the recipes americanized: they are as close as you can get. I lived in Estonia for several years and live with an Estonian now, and the results seem great to both of us! A good buy if you like this kind of food (not for everyone!).
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