Carpathia - Food from the heart of Romania

If you'd like to order a copy in the UK, please support independent shops such as Waterstones here or Hive here, before considering Amazon here.

For North America, please check Interlink Publishing here, Now Serving LA here, The Book Larder here,  Omnivore Books here, Barnes and Noble here or Amazon.com here.

For Canada, it's on Thomas Allen & Son here or Indigo here. For Australia, the link is here.

For Romania, the book is available in English at Carturesti here.

German translation here: Carpatia. Hungarian translation here: Kárpátok ízei

Please also check your local independent bookshops, which need our support more than ever before.

At a time when we are all forced to stay at home, travelling in the kitchen can be a great comfort. And I have been so grateful for Irina Georgescu for taking me to Romania through the pages of her wonderful book, Carpathia. Every page is imbued with generosity, the spirit of community, and the flavours of a rich and varied culture: it makes for an uplifting, inspiring and gorgeously transporting read right now.” Read the reviews of more award-winning authors here.
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Interview with Dave Myers of the Hairy Bikers

Interview with Dave Myers of the Hairy Bikers

I had the pleasure of talking to Dave Myers of The Hairy Bikers about Romanian cuisine as part of a series of online events organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. You can watch our conversation that covers two points of view: Romanian cuisine through...

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Waitrose best foodie travel books of 2020: Carpathia

Waitrose best foodie travel books of 2020: Carpathia

Well, thank you Waitrose for including Carpathia in this stellar shortlist: best foodie travel books of 2020. When all of this madness is over, I hope that people will put Romania on their travel list and enjoy the beautiful countryside and the cosmopolitan cities,...

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‘Carpathia’ in the LA Times

‘Carpathia’ in the LA Times

‘Carpathia’ is in the LA Times 🥳 I’m massively grateful to the LA Times for reviewing my book and including it amongst the 12 cookbooks that refresh the spirit and inspire in the kitchen. I wanted this book to be an acknowledgement and celebration of Romanian...

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In Forbes Magazine

In Forbes Magazine

'Carpathia - food from the heart of Romania' has just been listed in Forbes article 'New Cookbooks That Will Take You On A Trip Off The Beaten Path' by Nicole Trilivas.   Read the article here:...

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Nat Geo Traveller Food Magazine

Nat Geo Traveller Food Magazine

It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with Nat Geo Traveller UK for the Food issue to feature Romanian cuisine. There are 5 pages in total, one page interview with me about the cookery book 'Carpathia-food from the heart of Romania', and 4 pages with recipes....

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The Australian

The Australian

In June 2020, The Australian published two of our Romanian iconic dishes that are in the book Carpathia - food from the heart of Romania: butter bean dip called 'fasole batuta', and chargrilled vegetable dip called 'zacusca'. Link here:...

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Los Angeles Review of Books

Los Angeles Review of Books

Read about 'Carpathia- food from the heart of Romania' book and an interview with me and with journalist John McIntyre for the prestigious Los Angeles Review of Books. The article is here.  

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In the prestigious Romanian newspaper ‘Adevarul’

In the prestigious Romanian newspaper ‘Adevarul’

This interview was published in Adevarul newspaper, one of the most prestigious newspapers in Romania. There are four pages about 'Carpathia - food from the heart of Romania', about my journey as a food writer and how I have adapted to my new life in the UK.  ...

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In The Calvert Journal

In The Calvert Journal

The Calvert Journal focuses on Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia cultures. In its daily features and news, it talks about architecture, design, fashion, business and travel through original research, stunning photography and and clarity of insight.  ...

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In Waitrose Weekend

In Waitrose Weekend

It was a privilege to see Carpathia shortlisted by the prestigious Waitrose Weekend publication in May 2020, which was distributed through Waitrose entire network of 400 shops around the UK and many more home deliveries.   It is also available online here...

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Forbes 5 Cookbooks To Escape With Right Now

Forbes 5 Cookbooks To Escape With Right Now

Mentioned in Forbes for the second time in 2020, Carpathia is shortlisted as one of the cookbooks to escape with and cook from in a time of lockdown and travel restrictions. Piece written by Susan Low. Link here...

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‘Carpathia’ Book of the Week in the Irish Examiner

‘Carpathia’ Book of the Week in the Irish Examiner

The Irish Examiner was founded in 1841, now part of The Irish Times, and available throughout the country, but especially in the Munster region surrounding its base in Cork. Please read the full article here, scroll down to the middle of the page to find the...

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In the Epoch Times, New York

In the Epoch Times, New York

I was invited to write about an iconic Romanian dish to mark the transition between Summer and Autumn. This was the perfect opportunity for me to talk about Romanian plăcinte, these family pies that mean so much to us. Read the article here:...

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A helpful mention in The Guardian

A helpful mention in The Guardian

When Tony Naylor from The Guardian got in touch to ask me about cooking without staple ingredients such as salt, eggs, rice, flour, I sent him suggestions from what I remembered from my childhood. In communist times, especially towards the end of the regime, things...

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In the Epoch Times

In the Epoch Times

What Is Romanian Food? Why This Underexplored, Melting-Pot Cuisine Deserves Your Attention A new cookbook whisks you away to Romania, where the food is anchored in the legacy of empires and sustained by the power of home cooking. Read the article here...

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Financial Times about Easter traditions and Romania

Financial Times about Easter traditions and Romania

I had a long conversation with author Bee Wilson about Romanian Easter traditions and especially about the food we love to make on this religious occasion.   The richness of Easter traditions in Romania has to do with the elaborate religious observances and with...

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In the Moscow Times

In the Moscow Times

I am very grateful to the Moscow Times for this review. Jennifer Eremeeva wrote an exceptional review of the book, and I absolutely love the title: 'Carpathia: Food From the Heart of Romania, Irina Georgescu introduces the best cuisine you've never tried.' Read the...

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Romanian-French Cookery Class in Seattle

Romanian-French Cookery Class in Seattle

This was a wonderful event in Seattle, where people were able to order food from 'Carpathia' online and while they were enjoying it, they watched Chef Daisley Gordon and I talking about and demonstrating the dishes. Chef Daisley Gordon has very kindly agreed to cook...

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In Food and Travel Magazine May 2020

In Food and Travel Magazine May 2020

In this month's Food and Travel Magazine, 'Carpathia - food from the heart of Romania' is one of the books listed in 'Feast from the East' article.   You ca find the May issue in shops or order a back copy online.  

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Let’s Bake – Sainsbury’s Magazine

Let’s Bake – Sainsbury’s Magazine

Let’s Bake magazine by Sainsbury’s is published twice a year around Easter and Christmas. It is available for 8 weeks and distributed throughout 1400 supermarkets and stores, plus online. Judging by the sheer volume of what this means, it can reach passionate...

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Feel Good Food Magazine Review of Carpathia

Feel Good Food Magazine Review of Carpathia

Feel Good Food Magazine is published by Woman & Home and it is always filled with inspiring recipes, which are easy to make, well balanced and full of flavour. 'Carpathia - food from the heart of Romania' was mentioned as one of the six best new cookbooks of the...

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‘Cook like a local’ Olive Magazine

‘Cook like a local’ Olive Magazine

The March 2020 issue of Olive Magazine captures beautifully the spirit and colours of Romania. The four page article introduces the reader to a diverse cuisine, from Greek and Turkish to Hungarian and Austrian recipes. Browse through the magazine here and look for the...

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Delicious Magazine Review of ‘Carpathia’

Delicious Magazine Review of ‘Carpathia’

This is the April 2020 issue of Delicious Magazine and I was thrilled to read the review of 'Carpathia - food from the heart of Romania' . The book is in great company, next to 'Falastin' by  Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley - an eagerly awaited love letter to Palestine...

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With Evan Kleiman’s on KCRW Radio, Los Angeles

With Evan Kleiman’s on KCRW Radio, Los Angeles

With Eva Evan Kleiman's on her prestigious radio programme about a taste of life, culture and the human species.   https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/good-food/food-stereotypes-lunch-teachers-romanian-cuisine/romanian-cuisine

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Now Serving LA – Interview

Now Serving LA – Interview

Now Serving LA is an independent book shop in Los Angeles with an impressive list of best selling books. Since March 2020, they've started to organise virtual interviews with authors to promote and tell the story of their books. I was very lucky to be one their...

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In conversation with the Book Larder in Seattle

In conversation with the Book Larder in Seattle

This interview was a wonderful opportunity to talk about 'Carpathia, food from the heart of Romania' and Romanian cuisine with people in Seattle.   Book Larder opened in 2011, offering cookbooks to lovers of food and cooking in Seattle and beyond. The shop is...

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Comfort food podcast by Giulia Scarpaleggia

Comfort food podcast by Giulia Scarpaleggia

Giulia is a food writer and photographer, who teaches Tuscan cooking classes in the countryside and authored five cookbooks. Yes, five! They are full of beautiful, heart-warming Italian recipes and stories. When she is not writing or teaching, Giulia records podcasts...

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New Books Network Podcast

New Books Network Podcast

The New Books Network is a consortium of author-interview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing scholars and other serious writers to a wide public via new media.   Reading this about NBN and listening to other...

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Irish Buzz on Irish food culture and Romanian connections

Irish Buzz on Irish food culture and Romanian connections

When we live in countries that have such a rich history and so much to offer, it's only natural to want to learn and discover as much as possible.   Culture, and this applies to food culture too, is constantly evolving. You may think that we in Romania and you in...

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Featured in Stained Pages

Featured in Stained Pages

My heart skipped a beat when I saw 'Carpathia' mentioned in Paula's e-newsletter. Paula Forbes is a freelance food writer and author based in Austin, Texas, who has been reviewing cook books for over ten years for Lucky Peach, Eater, Epicurious, and Food52. Stained...

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‘Carpathia’ reviewed in Ohio’s newspaper, The Blade

‘Carpathia’ reviewed in Ohio’s newspaper, The Blade

The Blade is the premier source of breaking news for Ohio and south east Michigan. The newspaper also has a section on food and book reviews, and it's here that 'Carpathia - food from the heart of Romania' was mentioned. Thank you to Mary Bilyeu for her article...

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London Unattached – review and recipe

London Unattached – review and recipe

The hugely popular London Unattached featured 'Carpathia - food from the heart of Romania' in April. Journalist Madeleine Morrow served a Romanian feast to her family during lockdown and wrote about the recipes and what was like to read about Romanian cuisine in her...

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Wanderlust Travel Magazine

Wanderlust Travel Magazine

Wanderlust Travel Magazine is a beautiful travel magazine introducing experiences and destinations from around the world. I couldn't have been happier with their response to my book, which they embraced wholeheartedly. There is an article about Romanian cuisine in the...

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Joan Ransley about ‘Carpathia’

Joan Ransley about ‘Carpathia’

Ever since I met Joan on Instagram, I have been in awe of her photography and food. Joan is a lecturer in Human Nutrition and worked for many years at the University of Leeds both in teaching and research. Her passion for photographing and styling food has created...

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Featured in DeSang magazine

Featured in DeSang magazine

This review was published in DeSang magazine dedicated to diabetes, where cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients plays an important part in keeping well and staying healthy. There is also an interview with the founders of Carbs and Cals, that speaks about good...

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In the regional newspapers across the UK

In the regional newspapers across the UK

This review has been published in regional newspapers such as: Burton Mail, Cambridge News, Derby Telegraph, Leicester Mercury, Nottingham Post, Stoke Sentinel, Middlesbrough Gazette, Newcastle Chronicle and Grimsby Telegraph.   It feels incredible to know that...

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20 travel trends for 2020 by Olive Magazine

20 travel trends for 2020 by Olive Magazine

This is a fascinating list of travel trends for 2020 written by the travel editor of Olive Magazine, Rhiannon Batten, and by the travel writer Charlotte Morgan. You will find Central Europe and the Caucasus to be the opening headline of the article, including...

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The 2020 foodie trend report by Olive Magazine

The 2020 foodie trend report by Olive Magazine

Mark Taylor, the food editor for Olive Magazine, has put together this tempting list of trends for 2020 and I feel like I want to try them all. I was reading about seacuterie, posh sarnies and cooking with hay, and then I realised that the article was more than just...

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Wild Carpathia – Episode 3

Wild Carpathia – Episode 3

The third episode of the Wild Carpathia documentary explores Northern Romania and the Maramures - one of the most picturesque regions in Romania. The presenter, Charlie Ottley learns about the traditional Romanian folk music, goes to festivals and weddings, travels...

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Wild Carpathia – Episode 2

Wild Carpathia – Episode 2

This second episode of the Wild Carpathia documentary sees the presenter Charlie Ottley leaving the mountains behind, exploring the UNESCO site of the Danube Delta. Charlie visits tiny fishing communities, fragile forests and labyrinthine waterways teeming with rare...

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Discover Romania – Wild Carpathia

Discover Romania – Wild Carpathia

A three part documentary, Wild Carpathia helps you discover Romania in an unexpected way. Mountains, primeval forests, lofty peaks, rich plains and the unique Danube Delta are here to talk about Romania in a way never seen before. Watch the first episode here: The...

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5 videos to watch before visiting Romania

5 videos to watch before visiting Romania

Photography: Why I Love Romania Facebook Page, Alex Vilcu I am often asked about Romania by my friends here in the UK, about its traditions, cuisine and my favourite places to visit. The issue is that I can talk about food  and traditions for hours, but when it comes...

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BBC Radio 4 – The Romanian Wave

BBC Radio 4 – The Romanian Wave

It was a real joy to discover this programme - a different portrayal of us and a little insight into why we are here. The programme intro says: 'Romanians are the second largest foreign nationality in the UK. Nigel Farage once said he "would not like to live next door...

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Delicious Magazine

Delicious Magazine

Delicious Magazine is renowned all over the world for its fabulous food and state-of-the-art photography. It is also a trend-setter, discovering and promoting new voices (like mine) on the food scene, broadening our views about the world around us. I have been reading...

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Unlikely connection: Wallachia and Wales

Unlikely connection: Wallachia and Wales

I’ve been reading and looking through a few history books lately, and I’ve come across a fascinating fact: a connection between Wallachia - former name of what is today Romania, and Wales. Since I live in Wales, this fact actually made me jump off my chair with...

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Carpathia in Publishers Weekly

Carpathia in Publishers Weekly

This is one of the first reviews received by Carpathia in the US.   It says: 'In this delightful debut, Romanian-born food blogger Georgescu shares the traditional recipes, and explores the various regional influences, of her homeland’s cuisine." Read the...

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A bite-size story: the communist era

A bite-size story: the communist era

I’ve decided to write this post as a footnote to the previous one. I would like to tell you a little bit about Communism, before any of you jump to the conclusion that I’m perhaps the only person to have an idilic view of this regime.  I grew up with communism,...

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The secrecy

The secrecy

There was something else in the air when I was growing up in the communist era. The secrecy. This thing really turned us into very private individuals, who ‘kept themselves to themselves’ as you might say today.  By nature, Romanians are hospitable, open, love to...

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Food in a 40sqm apartment

Food in a 40sqm apartment

I know that it sounds small, but I don’t remember it like this.  I remember opening the door to the pantry and feeling like I had entered a world of little pots of delicious temptations. Jars of jams, compotes, confiture, zacusca, sauces, were all waiting to be...

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Where my grandmother lived

Where my grandmother lived

I mentioned in my previous post that I grew up in an urban environment, a 40sqm apartment in Bucharest - a home to 4 people, plus a grandmother for 6 months of the year. But where did she live for the other 6 months? This is where our luck starts, you see.  My father...

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First Romanians at Birdoswald Fort, Hadrian’s Wall

First Romanians at Birdoswald Fort, Hadrian’s Wall

It is such a strange feeling to know that in the 3rd-4th century AD, there were Romanians in England. Actually, the accurate name is Dacians, and they belonged to the Prima Aelia Dacorum (the first cohort of Dacians), Emperor Hadrian’s own 1,000 strong unit, located...

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Transylvania in The Guardian, August 2019

Transylvania in The Guardian, August 2019

A beautiful portrayal of Transylvania, written by Rena Effendi, the laureate of the Prince Claus Fund award for culture and development and working for National Geographic. Photo credit: Rena Effendi for The Guardian. Click here to read the article:...

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1st December, Romania’s National Day

1st December, Romania’s National Day

It is 1st of December and Romania’s National Day This year we celebrate 100 years since all Romanian provinces have been united under one name and one country: Romania. Bassarabia, Bucovina, Transylvania and Wallachia came together to represent our national...

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Turda Gorge – Transylvania, Romania

Turda Gorge – Transylvania, Romania

Photography: Levi Bagy People say that Turda Gorge is for hikers and climbers, it is their heaven on earth. I would say that it’s for everybody, it is peaceful, remote and spectacular…and makes a wonderful walk, too. An enchanting place in Transylvania Turda...

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Peles Castle, Sinaia, Romania

Peles Castle, Sinaia, Romania

As you can see from the pictures, Peles Castle is a beautiful place and one of the most popular touristic attractions in Romania. My friends from the UK were amazed by the Germanic architecture and feel of the place, when they visited. Peles Castle architectural...

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Danube Delta, Romania

Danube Delta, Romania

Photography: Ifim Trofimov The Danube Delta is by far the most beautiful and remote part of Romania. Many villages are reached only by ferry or shallow boats. The villagers are completely, almost frighteningly, dependent on nature and fishing, in a way we, from our...

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Christmas in Romania

Christmas in Romania

I was so happy to be asked by food journalist Jade Wright and Good Taste Magazine to write about Christmas in Romania, and what we eat and drink on this festive occasion. Writing this article made me feel a little nostalgic, thinking about those festive moments spent...

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