Every wanderer needs a good cookbook. Not for the times when out roaming, but for when life calls one home. A cookbook filled with culinary treasures from lands explored is a perfect companion to the restless soul bound to his own kitchen.
Nothing enlivens your most cherished memories quite like crafting favorite dishes from adventures abroad.
For us, the cookbook we cannot live without is Alpine Flavours: Authentic recipes from the Dolomites, the heart of the Alps. When pining for the immensity of mountains and wild-hearted treks, we crack open this cultural gem of traditional Alpine recipes and bring mountain-born goodness to life in our home.
If you’re craving recipes that match the hearty ruggedness of the mountains, look no further. The book beautifully captures the magic behind South Tyrolean specialties, entrees and desserts. From Speckknödel (bacon dumplings) to Schweinshaxe (pork shank) to Hirschgulasch (venison goulash) to an assortment of pastries and apple-filled deliciousness, it allows us to recreate the rich flavors and down-home spirit honed over centuries deep within the Dolomites.
Without a doubt, this is a cookbook every mountain lover should own. After all, South Tyrol, Italy (also known as Alto Adige or Südtirol) is home to the world’s most tantalizing mountains; it’s no surprise its hearty cuisine offers equal enchantment.
Savoring the Mountains
Alpine Flavours not only explores traditional Alpine recipes along with well-matched wine pairings, but also carries you along a cultural journey with captivating images throughout. From front to back, the book is crafted like a perfectly plated dish. It could just as easily adorn your coffee table as it could your countertop.
While you can certainly browse directly to whatever dish tempts you at the moment, the book is best devoured one page at a time. If food provides a window into a region’s history, values and soul, Alpine Flavours gives you a sweeping view of the Italian Alps. You’ll come away with a historical foundation of South Tyrol’s cuisine. Not to mention a deep appreciation for how its rural heartiness has evolved into mountain recipes now revered. By the end, you’ll understand why South Tyrol is the culinary star of Italy — boasting more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other region of the country.
Meals in South Tyrol are broken into courses and by and large, the book follows suit. Those who embrace slow travel and slow food will find this a much simpler transition than those accustomed to hurried meals and conversations. In South Tyrol, like much of Europe, mealtime is both an experience and an art form to appreciate and savor. If you long to harken back to a simpler time, Alpine Flavors can be your guide.
Those with talents less than average in the kitchen will have no problem finding dishes they can easily tackle. The book designates recipes by their level of difficulty — easy, medium and high. And at nearly 300 pages, you will not run out of Alpine recipes to attempt.
Bring Alpine Recipes to Life in Your Home
As raving fans of South Tyrol, we cannot recommend enough embarking on an adventure in this mountainous jewel crowning northern Italy. Nothing will match the experience of savoring a mountain-to-table meal like sitting on the mountain where it was born.
But even if you don’t get the opportunity to make the trip to South Tyrol, Alpine Flavours is a cookbook that undoubtedly belongs on the shelf in your kitchen. Every nature lover and foodie will find mountain recipes to delight in again and again. It’s an ideal gift for those drawn to rich, rugged heartiness.
The meat dishes we created from the book’s recipes have been just as savory as the main courses we’ve enjoyed at restaurants throughout South Tyrol. We were even able to replicate a knödel entree that was nearly as delicious as the treasure we devoured at one of Italy’s top mountain resorts.
Join us as we transform our kitchen into a rifugio (mountain hut). We’ll take you on a journey to new culinary heights all without setting foot on a mountain. Make no mistake though. If the mountain calls, go. Not even your appetite should get in the way of a breathtaking hike.
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