Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Review - From Dill to Dracula by A.M. Ruggirello


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Romania—a hidden gem of Eastern Europe—is better known for its brush with communism than its cuisine. But, just because it’s hidden, doesn’t mean it’s forgotten. Filled with lush ingredients, many picked fresh from the field, you’ll find a traditional Romanian plate loaded to the brim with vegetables and lean proteins, never lacking in flavor.

And nestled in those hidden hills and winding landscapes, lies a culture as rich and decadent as their meals. Journey through the countryside with over 80 recipes as unique as the people who have been perfecting them for centuries, all the while learning about the folklore and traditions that have steeped Romania in mystical mystery for so long. 


I've been a huge vampire fan since I first read a kid-friendly version of Dracula way back during my elementary days, and now anything Dracula-related gets my full attention. From Dill to Dracula is the first cookbook I have seen with Dracula in the title. It's not your typical cookbook as there are more than just recipes inside it. The author, A.M. Ruggirello, gives a history lesson about Romania, including chapters about Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula) and the country's folklore. There are many gorgeous photographs of Romania throughout the cookbook. The recipes appear in five sections - Bread & Soup, Garden, Meat, Sweets, and Bottle. The latter focuses on alcoholic beverages.

Overall, From Dill to Dracula is a well-written cookbook. However, I'm not sure if it will appeal to everyone, well, except for those who like Romanian dishes and Dracula.

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Ash (who writes as “A.M.”) wears many hats, though she favors the dark gray cable knit beanie from Amazon, most. A descendant of Romanian immigrants, she grew up in a family that fostered all forms of creation, the guiding force which led her towards her careers as an author + blogger, book designer + graphic artist, and certified nutrition + lifestyle coach. She lives in Beer + Cheese Land, Wisconsin with her real-life superhero husband, loud-mouth + drool-bucket coonhound, and I’m-allergic-to-myself cat, but frequently spends a fortnight (or two) in the fictional world of Skyrim (add her on the PlayStation Network: supersmaaashley).

She considers herself a designer by nature, a writer at heart, and always wanted to make video game walk-throughs as a child. (Hint: she still does.) Her favorite color is chartreuse, and she has an undeniable attraction to moss (not of the Kate variety).
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