This entertaining and informative cookbook is an excellent introduction to a cuisine that few Americans are familiar with. Forristal not only introduces the reader to the foods of Bulgaria, but also to the history, geography, people, and culture of this Eastern European country. If you like Greek or Turkish food, you'll also like the dishes featured in this cookbook. Forristal's selection of more than 100 recipes reflects her own preference for light, healthy--yet authentic--Bulgarian dishes that can be prepared easily in American kitchens. The emphasis is on vegetarian foods, but there are also several recipes for dishes made with meats. Separate chapters focus on traditional Bulgarian breads and desserts. The author tells you how to make your own phyllo dough for flaky pastries, how to make pita bread in the shape of a sunflower, and how to make a pudding that, according to legend, contains all the foods left on Noah's ark when it landed on Mt. Ararat. Another section on "Ceremonies and Celebrations" provides menus and recipes for a Bulgarian Christmas Eve dinner, a Bulgarian Jewish dinner, a traditional barbecue, and even a low-fat feast. Printed on high-quality paper, this cookbook contains many color photographs illustrating the recipes. Throughout the book you'll find Bulgarian proverbs, tips from Bulgarian cooks, short folk tales, and descriptions of Bulgarian customs and holidays. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Balkan cuisines in particular, international foods in general, or just healthy, tasty, home-style dishes that can be easily prepared from readily available ingredients.