“Kaukasis” book and a new family tradition
A book discovery.
Today I would like to share with you my recent book discovery which is a real gem and I cannot recommend it enough. It is “Kaukasis”, by Olia Hercules.
I hope its curiosity-provoking title makes you interested to find out more just like it did to me.
I bought “Kaukasis” as a present for my husband. He collects culinary books and when I discovered Olia’s beautiful writing and touching story-telling pictures of Elena, I immediately thought that this one is a great addition to the collection. At that point, I did not realize that I was “purchasing” a lot of happy family memories as a bonus.
A new family tradition.
The book impressed my husband immensely and brought a new tradition. Now during the week my husband reads recipes out loud before going to bed and on a weekend he cooks something new for me and our young son.
It is also so nostalgic. It brings back so many memories of the time when we lived in Moscow and had opportunity to buy different spices from Caucasus and cook with them on our small but very cozy kitchen. While living in Madrid, finding spices from Caucasus can be an issue; I like the fact that it motivates us to think about what to cook and how. It makes us more conscious about the way we eat and I love that my 5 years old is a part of this.
Olia is currently working on her new book called “Summer Kitchens”. I am looking forward to it as its title makes me think about my babushkas (grandmothers) and aunts preparing an incredible amount of different preserves and brined foods in preparation for a long Russian winter. But this all is a deferent story.
As for this weekend we will try making the chestnut plov with pumpkin and walnut crust because it a beginning of chestnut season in Madrid and this colorful dish just sound perfect.