Falling Cloudberries is not yet available in the U.S and I hope this changes soon, because this is one of the most wonderful cookbooks I've come across in a long time. It is an absolute joy to hold and read- the design incorporates personal artifacts, fabrics and family photos, and gives you the feeling that you're taking a peek into the author's journal. I mentioned in an earlier post that every recipe I've tried has been a complete success; something you're not always guaranteed with a lot of other beautiful books.
Tessa's parents are Greek Cypriot and Finnish, and she has lived and worked all over the world, which makes for an incredible collection of memories and recipes. From her chapter of Finland comes Cardamom & Cinnamon Rolls, a really gorgeous combination that I will come back to again and again (and will probably post about all by itself soon). Her chapter on Greek dishes includes Prawns with Lemon, Peri Peri, Garlic & Feta- an incredible combination of flavors that is outstanding dinner party fare, but easy enough to prepare on a weeknight. The recipe for Olive Oil Bread from her chapter on Italy has become a staple; it's a lovely loaf with a fine crumb and a subtle flavour...great baked in a pan for sandwiches or as a baguette to accompany your favorite dishes.
The admiration, love and respect she feels for the people and countries mentioned really shines through on every page and is an integral part of this book. The opening lines to her recipe for Tom Ka Gai, "I just wouldn't cope with not knowing how to make some version of this soup", struck me with its passion. Haven't all of us felt that way about a dish? Shouldn't we?
If and when you have an opportunity to read and create from this book, please do. I promise you that you won't regret it.