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The whiffs of your Gran’s kitchen...
The platefuls of fritule for Christmas...
The all-season walnut roll...
50 recipes from all over Croatia are presented in a such a way that it feels like you have got your hands on grandma’s special recipe book. Andrea’s great insider tips and captivating writing style means this is not just a great cookbook but also another insight into the rich Croatian culture via food.
PAUL MUSIN // Editor of Croatia Week
Croatian Desserts is the first cookbook of Croatian sweets in English. The recipes are super easy to follow, and the ingredients are expressed in grams and cups. But this is not just a cookbook.
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We say in Croatia that ‘love travels through the tummy’. I am sure that sweets know that route the best. There is nothing more lovable than a cake baked by Mom, Gran, Wife, Sister… That’s why whatever comes from their cookbook and from their oven tastes the best in the world.
But what if you’ve never written down the recipes?
Believe me, even if you find the same dessert in a Croatian restaurants, it will never taste the same. You probably know that the best Croatian food is prepared at home? I’m sure you do.
Now you have the Croatian Desserts Cookbook.
I’ve gone to great lengths to find the most authentic versions of the traditional Croatian sweets. I tested and perfected them in my own kitchen. Now it’s your turn to recreate those flavors and rekindle your passion for Croatia.
Sometimes we fall in love with a dish on our travels. We come home and search for a recipe so we can keep enjoying those tastes.
I bet you’ve been initiated into the sumptuous Croatian sweets on your travels.
If you look for an online recipe to recreate one of our cakes at home, you’ll first get a barrage of confusing dessert names. Translation will be sloppy, method sketchy, and amounts of ingredients will drive you nuts.
C’mon, how many times did you struggle with converting grams into cups?
This Cookbook solves the problem. It is precise and detailed with ingredients measured in both grams and cups. It features desserts from entire Croatia, introducing each one with an engaging culinary back story.
You will get the recipes you can’t find anywhere else: authentic, tested, easy-to-follow and illustrated with over 500 color images.
Light but luxurious: the cookbook is a hybrid hardback, with slightly softer covers but nice wide flaps. It boasts 50 recipes, 500 color images and 224 glossy pages.
Precise and detailed, ingredients come both in grams and cups, and the step-by-step method is illustrated with at least a dozen images per each recipe.
Authentic and timeless: these 50 Croatian desserts are for all occasions and will appeal to bakers of all skill levels.
Engaging culinary story introduces each dessert. Lots of historical, ethnographic as well as personal details keep you hooked and lead you to the only next logical step: to bake youself.
These recipes are beautifully illustrated and meticulously explained in step-by-step instructions. It is helpful to be told and shown how thin the batter should be, how you know when the egg whites are beaten to the correct consistency, what the dish looks like before it goes into the pot or the oven.
LINDA WARLEY // Profesor of English Literature
In her mouth-watering recipes, she gives clear instructions on ingredients and techniques for authentic Croatian recipes that are nearly impossible to learn about elsewhere. And even better, she includes fascinating background on those recipes... their historical context, stories about the regions from which they come, and descriptions of the special occasions they often help to celebrate.
TARA BANICK // Doctor of Physical Therapy and Pastry Chef
This book is an essential guide to desserts savored by generations of Croatians. It contains all my favorites, including kremšnite, mađarica, orehnjača, fritule, breskvice, štrukle, and ledeni vjetar cake.
The combination of recipes and stories will evoke sweet memories to those with Croatian roots and lure those yet to experience Croatia, its culture, and its food.
TONI KRASNIC // Founder of Istria Gourmet Food Tours
Desserts from entire Croatia
50 desserts come from all regions: Dalmatia, Istria, Slavonia, Zagreb County, Zagorje and Međimurje. They are divided into 6 chapters that reflect occasions, such as: lazy morning, Sunday sweets, special occasions, cakes, Christmas sweets and Easter sweets.
Authentic and passed down
All of the recipes came from the women in my own family or from close friends. I learned most of them by watching the women bake.
Each recipe lists ingredients in both metric and imperial measurement system. The step-by-step method is super detailed with smart tips to prevent you from making common mistakes.
Some typically Croatian ingredients may be difficult to find in your neck of the world. But you don't need to worry because I give you plenty of suggestions for their substitutions. I even explain what to look for so you can find a micro local substitution.
Smart tips and guidelines
Detailed instructions include smart tips and cautions against common mistakes. Read those hacks coloured in red: they’ll make you laugh but also spare you a few disasters.
Bond with Croatia
Read dessert intros if you want to know why and how we indulge in them in Croatia. If you are keen on learning Croatian, take note of the pronunciation - the apostrophe marks which syllable is stressed.
Now you found it...
Recreate these classic, easy-to-make sweets
and nurture your Croatia connection.
224 glossy full color pages
50 step-by-step recipes
more than 500 images
expert baking tips mixed with insightful storytelling...
$29.95 USD + shipping
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Andrea’s incredible baking skills are hard to match, but her choice of words, as delicious as the recipes themselves, and smart tips (“we eat them with hands”, “your biceps will burn like crazy”) will inspire even the most timid of bakers to awaken their sweet tooth and bring home the delightful flavors of authentic Croatian tradition.
IRENA STANIC RASIN // Author and translator
I was instantly transported back to my Polish grandmother’s kitchen, where baking marathons meant holidays and love. It is a beautifully written (and photographed) ode to the women in our lives and to classic Croatian desserts that have stood the test of time.
SARAH B. HODGE // Food and travel writer
This book took me back 'home' in a way I had not expected. My heart leaped when I realized that what I had been eating in this unknown land was Croatian food all along. All of these sweets I had eaten a thousand times, I just didn't know their names. I didn't even know they were Croatian as such - just my granny's home cooking.
PAULA VILLASECA // Anthropologist
Andrea’s Croatian Desserts carry a sense of pure exuberance: from the joy of preparation, the delight of tasting, all the way to rekindling the happy memories when her Granny or Mum would sweeten Sunday gatherings with a dessert. A special treat is granted to those who read recipes’ intros, where Andrea locates each dessert in historical and personal space and time.
JASNA ČAPO // Author and anthropologist
Whether you live in Croatia or just have it on your bucket list, Andrea's book brings the tastes of Croatia to wherever you are. There's a great variety of recipes here, from a Sweet Cheese Strudel to a Chestnut Parfait, and a thoughtful page design that ensures the ingredients are always on display. Excellent photography makes it as sumptuous to look at as the desserts are to eat.
CHRIS BACKE // Travel writer
Not only is Andrea Pisac a Croatia expert, but she is also a wonderful baker. We are thrilled to read her beautiful cookbook with so many authentic recipes, and we can't wait to return to Europe so that we can bake them ourselves.
DARYL & MINDI HIRSCH // Co-editors of 2FoodTrippers
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ANDREA PISAC // Author
Why me? I am an award-winning writer who also has a PhD degree in anthropology. When I left my successful academic career in London and came back to Croatia, I knew I had to invent my own job. Fast forward a few years and I’ve created this blog: a unique travel resource for anyone interested in Croatia and its culture. Read more about me...
Why the cookbook? My biggest talent is to depict, illustrate and convey something or someplace. I mixed that with my love for baking and voila. Here’s the book of sweets that does just that.
The first time I read Andrea's blog I thought 'who is this person with such a fresh and meaningful approach'? She caught my attention and left me impatient for her next piece of writing. I've been eagerly waiting for her cookbook too. And to say that it's up to my expectations is not enough. Because with all the colourful stories and interesting observations that fill the pages of the book, it wasn’t the tastes nor the memories that I enjoyed the most. It was the passion and the rare dedication that Andrea poured into its creation.
IVA SILLA // Founder of Secret Zagreb
Anywhere between 7 and 15 days.
Each recipe has a super detailed and illustrated step-by-step method so even the most timid bakers can successfully recreate them.
There is a recommended substitution for every such ingredient.
All the recipes contain a reference to the classic pastry techniques. You'll enjoy trying out their Croatian variations.
Don’t worry. You don’t have to convert the recipes - they all contain the amount of ingredients both in grams and cups.