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From Dill to Dracula: A Romanian Food & Folklore Cookbook

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Romania-a hidden gem of Eastern Europe-is better known for its brush with communism than its cuisine. But, just because it's hidden, doesn't mean it's forgotten. Filled with lush ingredients, many picked fresh from the field, you'll find a traditional Romanian plate loaded to the brim with vegetables and lean proteins, never lacking in flavor.

And nestled in those hidden hi
Published November 10th 2020 by Cardboard Monet Publishing
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Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book could not be more aptly named, delivering on its promise of both Romanian food and folklore. But in addition, the reader also gets an introduction to language and customs, and photographs of Romania worthy of any high-end coffee table book. (The food photography is droolworthy too!)

Reading through the folklore section at the start of the book really set me up and provided a context for the recipes that followed. This is the food of the people - homecooking. No fancy equipment or ingred
Alicia Bayer
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This feast of a book is so much more than a cookbook. You really get a feel for Romanian culture and history, with lush photographs, bits of trivia and folklore, and authentic traditional recipes. Expect to use a lot of pork, wheat and dill (none of which traditionally have much of a home in my kitchen) and to create real, traditional dishes. There are photos of every recipe. No nutritional information is provided. While the recipes are made by hand and often look extravagant, they tend towards ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, netgalley
It is great to see a Romanian recipe book on the market! Very nice pictures, but I don't like the cover pic, it is not inviting me to buy this book. The recipes look great with not thousands of things you need. Great for a beginner cooking Romanian food.
When I saw this book on Netgalley, I knew I needed to read it. Recipes and folklore from my Romanian heritage? Sign me up! This was so much more than a cookbook - Ruggirello included tidbits about various Romanian holidays and superstitions, gorgeous photographs of castles and countryside, personal anecdotes about the recipes, even a little language and pronunciation information. I can't wait to make some of these dishes - especially the ones that my Mom pointed out when she was flipping through ...more
Mich Must Read
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yummy-stuff, arc
Thank you to NetGalley and CardBoard Monet Publishing for allowing me to review From Dill to Dracula:A Romanian Food and Folklore cookbook.

This is my first time reading anything about Romania. This book has beautiful photography and design. The book begins with folklore, such as the vampire, and monsters. It has historical pictures of what said beats looked like and descriptions. The book then changes into recipes, with Romanian names and some links to folklore with a key that describes traditio
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Romanian cookbooks on bookstore shelves are certainly not common in my neck of the woods, so I was keen to discover the food culture of Romania through this book.

The book begins by introducing some Romanian traditions and folklore, which I thought provided a nice introduction to the recipes. I very much appreciated that each recipe came with a picture of the final product. I also appreciated the picture instructions on how to fold and cut pastry when it seemed the written instructions might be
Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because my partner and I were supposed to be going to Romania this year. Of course, with everything going on that didn't happen, but we wanted to see if we could replicate some tasty food in our home at least!

The unique aspect to this cook book is that it adds little discussions of Romanian folklore alongside the recipes. I'm a huge fan of folklore and myths so this was a great addition in my eyes!

As a vegetarian the book wasn't as useful as it could have been. I understand Roma
Gina R Mitchell
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Is this a coffee table book or a cookbook? How often can you say “Both”? This beautiful book is so much more than the delicious recipes included.

From Dill to Dracula intertwines the fabled history of Romania with hearty, home-style recipes. Art gallery-worthy photographs accompany the text.

Dill, garlic, cream, and cabbage are staples of a Romanian diet. These ingredients are plentiful in the appetizers and main dishes. They even show up in desserts and drinks. Whiskey with a dill pickle? I bet
Jessie Young
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having been to Romania twice and eaten their delicious food, I was excited to see this cookbook come across my way. All the favorites are in this book. It covers such a wide range of Romanian cuisine. There’s something for everyone. The papanasi are amazing! Don’t miss that recipe. Mici are good too. I also love the cultural and language elements throughout the book. I feel like I know Romania so much better after reading this. Oh and the pictures!! There are so many pictures. It’s like going on ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

From Dill to Dracula is a culinary and cultural homage to Romanian food and folklore curated by A.M. Ruggirello. Due out 10th Nov 2020, it's 262 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats.

Roughly 20% of the content is used to provide a nice capsule introduction to the culture, attractions, folklore, and history of Romania. The photography is attractive and well done. I've wanted to visit the area for a long time and I liked loo
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an electronic copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review.

This is a really nice cookbook that offers a good variety of recipes, with clear instructions and primarily ingredients readily accessible to an American kitchen (which is the target audience). The author even provides a recipe for making your own Vegeta, because she describes it as difficult to find in grocery stores (which is not my experience, but then, I regularly shop at Polish ethnic markets). The photography is
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it

Date reviewed: August 26, 2020

When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. And it is way too hot to go outside, so why not sit in from of the blasting a/c and read and review books??

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance
Helen Ostler
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am about to go to work in Hungary, I fear it may be wall to wall goulash. I saw this book on Romanian food, a border neighbour to Hungary, and figured it could have some great recipe ideas for ingredients I will find locally. What I didn't expect was such a beautiful love letter to Romania.

The first part of the book introduces some traditions and folklore of Romania. Ashley was born in the USA, the child of Romanian immigrants. Longing to reconnect , Ashley wants to uncover the beauty of a co
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Thank you, Netgalley, for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!

This book took me down memory lane! While I'm not Romanian, I was born and raised behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany. I believe that many of the dishes seemed familar since parts of Romania used to have a very high German-speaking population, the so-called Transylvanian Saxons (Siebenbürgen-Sachsen) and Banat Swabians (Banater Schwaben), and actually still do. I could almost smell and taste these d
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Potentially a good gift to anyone else with connections to Romania, or a souvenir having gone, this colourful guide to the place is only 80% recipe. We start with some (quite awkwardly written) bits and blobs about the place's folklore, and that there Dracula bloke, who is never really allowed to leave these pages. We then get on with the recipes, and find immediately it's an American book, all cup this and cup that. Luckily, of course, you seldom get an ingredient that is USA-only, although the ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-drink, netgalley
From Dill to Dracula is an interesting Romanian cookbook that is part cook book, part armchair travel guide and part folklore.

The book is divided into five chapters plus the introduction and includes recipes for:
- Bread and soups
- Garden (vegetarian and side dishes)
- Meat (main dishes)
- Sweets (desserts)
- Bottle (Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks)

Each recipe has it's Romanian name and then the English translation, along with an introduction to the recipe. Also included at the bottom of the reci
Johanna Sawyer
What an interesting cookbook! From dill to Dracula, the author takes a familiar look at Romania and family roots through a brief history and some delicious looking recipes. I’m not at all familiar with Romanian food but I was curious and thankful to have a look.

What did I like? This is a curious cookbook with a cute look at the history with Dracula, and some beautiful Romania landscape pictures. I absolutely loved the recipes, and the gorgeous food pictures. From the breads to the beautiful sou
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From Dill to Dracula: A Romanian Food & Folklore Cookbook by A.M. Ruggirello (5 Stars)

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

What a delight! The author’s introduction begins with a little personal background, moves on to Romania’s history and folklore, and then it’s time to cook! The book features beautiful photography of Romania as well as a full-page picture of each delicious recipe.

Romanian cuisine is based on typical Eastern
roxi Net
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roxicook, roxidrop
Okay. I love books. I love food. I love traveling. So cookbooks sometimes for me aren't necessarily about the recipes (weird, I know), but more as history books or memories, that just happen to have recipes I can try. I also have a fairly diverse set of family/friends and one of them happens to be from Romania so I was excited to read From Dill to Dracula and hopefully surprise my friend with tidbits that I learned. As with other cookbooks, From Dill to Dracula is a personal one to the author an ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
Thank you to the author, Cardboard Monet Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the idea of this cookbook, having travelled to Romania many times over the years - and the cover and layout is very appealing. Including a mention of the author's personal ties to the country was a great idea, I just wish it had carried over more specifically. Almost every recipe had a mention of "I remember my grandmother making this and it's delicious..." - which seems a bit i
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This cookbook was interesting, and while there were only a few recipes I could really see myself making, the warm, conversational style is delightful.

I've made two recipes so far, the roasted garlic soup and the cheese sticks. Both were good, but I needed to make some changes to get the recipes to work correctly. The roasted garlic needs to be roasted much longer than the 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. I ended up wrapping it in foil and leaving it in for another 30 minutes. I also think giving a
The Shakti Witch
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it

This book had me at “dill” and “Dracula”. Join author Ashley Ruggirello as she discovers her family’s Romanian heritage through food and mythology. Part cook book, part arm chair travel guide and part folklore, Ruggirello includes exquisite photos taken from her travels throughout the country.

As a vegan I still found a number of these recipes easily adapted with plant based substitutes. A number of the dips are fabulous and so to the Varza Calita, braised cabbage with subbed vegan smokey sausage
Sara Catherine
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the cover, the title, and the theme of Romanian cooking in a cookbook so this immediately caught my eye!!! I was so excited to learn more about Romanian cooking as try out a few new recipes!

I will start out with the positives! I loved the inclusion of the author's personal connections to Romania and the brief history and traditions at the beginning of the book. As someone who is not very familiar with Romania or the culture, it was extremely interesting and informative! I also loved the
Opal E
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From Dill to Dracula is a beautiful Romanian cookbook. I loved looking through this book and can imagine it being a great coffee table read. It was really a pleasure to look at the pictures of Romania and discover the local hearty cuisine. I know very little about the region and have never eaten the local food but I was very curious to see what it had to offer. I recognised some dishes I had come across in Georgian, Slovak and Polish cuisine. It looks filling, full of winter veggies, cheese and ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been a huge vampire fan since I first read a kid-friendly version of Dracula way back during my elementary days, and now anything Dracula-related gets my full attention. From Dill to Dracula is the first cookbook I have seen with Dracula in the title. It's not your typical cookbook as there are more than just recipes inside it. The author, A.M. Ruggirello, gives a history lesson about Romania, including chapters about Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula) and the coun ...more
Charity  Bartley Howard
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This cookbook is complete with beautiful photos, information, folklore and recipes. If you are interested in learning a little about Romanian recipes and Romania this is an interesting cookbook. Thanks to the author you are given more than recipes creating an extra interesting cookbook and fascinating read. Learn some about Dracula and so much more. The details of folklore she has included is amazing.
It is more than Dracula in this book. There is more to Romania and you will learn about it. I lo
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I received an e-ARC from NetGalley for an honest review**

I loved the intro with the history and folklore of Romania. The pictures were beautifully done. The transition into cookbook was seamless, and the actual setup of the cookbook was really well done.

While the recipes were reminiscent of a lot of other Eastern European cultures, they are still individualistic enough that I would buy this book in a heartbeat. Most of the recipes would be perfect for people living on a budget or in a colder c
M.C.V. Egan
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-copy as an exchange for an honest review. The book is a culinary and cultural experience in one.
I have never visited Romania, but this book takes the reader through Romania, through its food, folklore, history, and geography. It feels like an escape to another place and sometimes another time.
Filled with over 80 recipes, well presented with lovely images and illustrations. Varied ingredients, uses many fresh ones that merit visits to greengrocer markets.
It promises Romanian plat
Steve Taylor
I was drawn to this book by the title and not knowing much about either the country or it’s cuisine I thought it was definitely worth a read.
The introduction is very interesting and peppered with great photos, poems and snippets about Romanian folklore and also the type of ingredients that are used in the cuisine.
On reading the recipes I found them a little hard to work out the ingredient quantities as different abbreviations are used to those used in the U.K. and possibly more aimed at the Amer
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When requesting for this book, all I have in mind is what the Romanians eat? A country far away, rarely mentioned, got my curiosity poked. But opening this book is like opening a chest of treasure. Never would I imagine opening a recipe book with stories inside about the land of the Dracula. This is more than I anticipated.

As you might know, I read cook books to learn about the culture and travels. So cookbooks full of story is my favorite! And this one, I think I can bring the book to my bedsid
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Ash (who writes as “A.M.”) wears many hats, though she favors the dark gray cable knit beanie from Amazon, most. A descendant of Romanian immigrants, she grew up in a family that fostered all forms of creation, the guiding force which led her towards her careers as an author + blogger, book designer + graphic artist, and certified nutrition + lifestyle coach.

She lives in Beer + Cheese Land, Wiscon

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