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Eastern European Food Basics

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Eastern Europe is comprised of many countries. The cuisine and customs of each has elements in common with its neighbors, while still retaining a unique identity, molded by geography and climate. This is an exploration of the culinary and cultural traditions of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
  1. Getting Started With Eastern European Food
  2. Essential Eastern European Herbs, Spices & Ingredients
  3. Glossary of Eastern European and Culinary Terms
  4. Eastern European Holidays & Festivals
  1. Eastern European Food Sources
  2. Cookbooks
  3. Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

Getting Started With Eastern European Food

Map of Eastern Europe

So, in the grand scheme of things, what constitutes Eastern Europe and which countries make it up? Well, there's some debate about that but, for our purposes, it will include Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Essential Eastern European Herbs, Spices & Ingredients

Cucumbers, Dill and Pickling Spices

While dill is common throughout much of Eastern Europe, some countries have their unique blend of herbs, spices and ingredients.

Glossary of Eastern European and Culinary Terms

Tempering Cream for Mushroom-Barley Soup

In addition to definitions and images for many Eastern European terms, you will also find definitions and images for universal culinary techniques such as "tempering."

Eastern European Holidays & Festivals

Krakow Creche or Szopka

The best way to discover the "flavor" of a country is through the customs and traditions surrounding its holidays and festivals. Many have religious overtones, while some are just modern adaptations of ancient pagan ceremonies. Food and feasting is always an integral part of celebrations and the sheer volume of recipes can be mind boggling.

Eastern European Food Sources

Polish Babka

Sometimes a person's best-laid plans can be sabotaged by the inability to find an ingredient for a recipe. Here are sources for not only ingredients, but ready-made dishes that can be shipped lickety-split.

Cookbooks

In addition to Eastern European cookbooks, classic cookbooks and reference volumes are listed to demystify Eastern European cooking, and reviews of the latest cookbooks are offered.

Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

A Kitchen Whisk

Tools and gadgets that are specifically used by Eastern European cooks are listed, as well as those indispensable in any kitchen, plus product reviews.

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