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Estonian Tastes And Traditions Hardcover – Jan 3 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: HIPPOCRENE BOOKS (Jan. 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781811228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781811224
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #500,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Karin Annus Kärner is a first-generation Estonian American and a resident of New York where she works as a television producer. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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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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Love this book!!!! My Vanaema, (grandmother) passed away in 2004. We bugged her for years to write down her recipes for her black bread, Kringle ( She was famous for these here in Vancouver) I purchased this book looking for these foundation recipes. Finally after all these years I found everything and so much more!!! Everything from my childhood is in this book! I forgot about most of them till I found them here. This book is a mandatory item for any Estonian family, make sure you get a copy for all your children so these traditions are never lost!!!
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My thoughts echo those of most people reviewing here already. I learned some Estonian dishes at my mom's hip, but many things she cooked and I ate when I visited, so I never learned how to make many of them myself. I found a Soviet era cookbook in a rummage sale, once, but it was written in Estonian and had very thin instructions and could never get a satisfactory result. Similarly when I googled recipes online, I could see pictures of things that looked right, but I couldn't decipher the instructions. Well, I've been learning Estonian and I've improved to the point that I can fairly easily follow an Estonian recipe, but this book has so much more than just the recipes. The anecdotes and sayings are so typically Estonian that I chuckle with each recipe. The authors are women like my mother, who brought their traditions with them and invented ways to remake their cultural foods using what their new country provided them. I've tried many things from this book, but look forward to many more yet to come. The Hakklipallid are amazing - the tenderest meatballs you will ever eat. The sweet and sour rye bread is wonderful as well, and such a joy to have the recipe as that was something ema never made, we only bought.
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