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Macedonia the Cookbook: Recipes & Stories from the Balkans by Katerina Nitsou

Katerina Nitsou is a Macedonian chef and food writer, and this is her first book. It is a love letter to the country she loves so much. Macedonian cuisine is influenced by the Mediterranean and the Middle East, as well as Greece to the South, Bulgaria to the east and Kosovo to the north. This handsome hardback transports you to her family table, with delicious recipes that are something a little different when you are living in New Zealand.

The photography is excellent, the recipes straightforward and easy to attempt, and Katerina’s notes on each recipe are insightful and inspirational.

Recipes that I thought were standouts include:

  • Supa So Orizi Svinsko Meso, Pork & Rice Soup. This is a recipe from Katerina’s grandparents, perfect for an autumn day.

  • Zelkova Mangia, Cabbage Stew. Katrina says this is a ‘classic, hearty Macedonia stew.’ I agree it works well with feta cheese crumbled over the top.

  • Kremenadli, Grilled Pork Chops. This is mildly spicy and delicious! Great to serve with the Morkova Salata, Carrot Salad that features earlier in the book.

  • Marinarana Riba Na Skara, Grilled Marinated Fish Skewers. Katerina tells us this dish ‘is inspired by the street vendors of Macedonia’s lakeside villages and towns.’ Sensational!

I’d highly recommend Macedonia the Cookbook. Easy to use, tasty recipes that are family-friendly and it also looks gorgeous in your home.

Reviewer: Iain McKenzie

Kitchen Press