June 24, 2017

Tasting Georgia

Before I was contacted to review the Tasting Georgia book, I knew little to nothing about Georgia as a country or anything about the history or culture of the country. It was a truly fascinating read and it’s certainly sparked an interest in visiting Georgia. It even lead to some googling for flights and hotels…I see a long weekend in the near future!

Tasting Georgia

The author, Carla, takes us on a fascinating journey through Georgia in this book. With information on the history and culture of the country dotted throughout, there are also details of where to stay and what to eat in every region of the country. You can feel the passion coming through in her writing and her love for Georgian food and wine is clear. Packed with recipes to recreate at home, there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge in Carla’s favourite dishes any night of the week.

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There’s a big focus on wine in the book and in each region Carla explores traditionally made wines which are created in large terracotta pots (Qveri).

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It was interesting to discover that the social fabric of Georgia would seem in part to be held together by the Supra or Georgian Feast looked over by a formal or informal toastmaster. All the food is on the table at the same time and there are no desserts apart from fresh fruit, nuts and possibly the Churchkhela. These look like sausages and can be found hanging in groups on strings. They are in fact made of nuts coated in thickened grape must or fruit juice without the addition of sugar.

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Carla takes us into Markets, Wineries, Monasteries and even to a small farm with twenty cows near the Turkish border specialising in aged cheese. The book is packed with interesting stories, exciting places to visit and lovely dishes as well as beautiful photography, which will have you planning your trip.

This book allows you to escape into its pages to discover a country that beckons to the explorer, chef, wine connoisseur and tourist in all of us.

Find out more about this book at: www.tastinggeorgia.com or purchase for only £30.

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