';At a time when we are all forced to stay at home, travelling in the kitchen can be a great comfort. And I have been so grateful for Irina Georgescu for taking me to Romania through the pages of her wonderful book, Carpathia. Every page is imbued with generosity, the spirit of community, and the flavours of a rich and varied culture: it makes for an uplifting, inspiring and gorgeously transporting read right now.'Nigella Lawson
Carpathiainvites you to explore Romania's unique, bold and delicious cuisine: an exciting and unexpected amalgamation of all its diverse influences. As a cultural melting pot its character is rooted in many traditions from Greek, Turkish and Slavic in the south and east, to Austrian, Hungarian and Saxon in the north and west.
From chargrilled aubergines, polenta fritters and butterbean hummus, to tangybor, stuffed breads and Viennese-style layer cakes, Irina Georgescu has createdover 100 mouth-watering dishes that are easy to make and a joy to share.
';I couldn't be happier to see one of my favourite cuisines being represented by a voice as warm and thoughtful as Irina Georgescus. Carpathia is full of delicious and interesting recipes and photos that will tempt you to travel to the Carpathian Mountains immediately.'
Olia Hercules, author ofMamushkaandKaukasis.
';I've spent the day reading Carpathia by Irina Georgescu I can't wait to make her smoked ham hock with butter beans, oven-baked barley with chicken, peppers and mushrooms, fried chicken with caramelised quince and - most of all - ossobucco with dill oil and horseradish sauce Carpathia is a book I'm going to get stuck into this autumn.'
';The recipes are both wonderfully enticing and extremely approachable, and there's a deftness to the writing that is very beguiling. And the food is fascinating: a mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar It offers a welcome window into Romanian culture. And the best thing about it is the love for family and country that just sings through the pages.'
An absolutely beautiful book showcasing Romanian food as a wondrous amalgam of Europes diverse cuisines. Real, delicious and accessible - I will be making everything from the plcint to prajitura, cremsnit to cataif!
Helen Goh, co-author ofSweetwith Yotam Ottolenghi.
Carpathia takes the reader roaming through Romania from Transylvania to the Danube Delta while introducing dozens of satisfying recipes that express the landscape, culture and joys of traditional Romanian hospitality. This is a book of many virtues, filled with new ideas, flavours and insights.'
Caroline Eden, author ofSamarkandandBlack Sea.
A beautiful book full of life and flavour; I not only want to try so many of the recipes, I now want to visit the country that inspired them.'Mark Diacono
, author ofSour
,The New Kitchen Garden
andA Year at Otter Farm