Alpine Cooking: Recipes and Stories from Europe’s Grand Mountaintops

Ten Speed: Crown. Oct. 2019. 352p. photos. index. ISBN 9781607748748. $50; ebk. ISBN 9781607748755. COOKING
Is it a cookbook, travel guide, regional history, coffee-table book? There’s something for everyone is this colorful and browseable book about the cuisine of the Alps. The focus is on the four countries making up the Alpine Arch: Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and France. Though centering on the regional cuisine, Erickson (Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse) provides history, travel tips, experiences, and perspective for each country with enough details for context and travel without overwhelming readers. Recipes are accompanied by background information that can include anything from the history of the dish, a snapshot of the chef or a local lodge owner, to stories about sliding backwards into a snowbank and catching a lift to a lodge on a tractor to try the dish. Recipes, which are often meat focused, are rated from easy to difficult using traditional European ski run ratings.
VERDICT A wide variety of readers, and their friends, will enjoy the kaleidoscope of recipes, photos, history, and anecdotes.

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