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The Adriatic kitchen

They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but in this case it simply is not true. The sunny colours of this slim book, The Adriatic Kitchen, immediately conjure up visions of cliffs and sun-soaked beaches, lemons and lamb and long lazy lunches on a grapevine shaded deck.

Author, Barbara Unković, has always been drawn to the land of her father, especially the sun-soaked Croatian island of Korčula in the Adriatic Sea. She knows it well too, as she spent several years living there, in the seaside village of Račišće, immersed in its way of life, its culture, history and food.

Inspired by the island’s culinary traditions and its abundance of fresh, seasonal ingredients, Barbara produced this delightful, rustic cookbook full of mouth-watering recipes and evocative memories, beautifully illustrated by her brother Colin Unkovich.

It won't matter whether you are familiar with Croatian cuisine or not.  Barbara has selected over 70 simple yet delicious recipes. How does sweet Easter bread, black risotto, fresh fig crumble or roast chicken with pomegranate and spinach sound? Or what about Dalmatian shepherd’s lamb with potatoes and broad beans, or sugared almonds, Croatian pepper biscuits or a simple fresh carrot and mint salad?

The whole book is infused with the warmth and vibrancy of Barbara’s beloved island, making this book a must-have cookbook for those wanting to experience traditional food at its best.

About the author:

Barbara Unković is of Croatian and English descent and is a cousin to D.H. Lawrence. She is the author of six published books: Adriatic Blue, Moon Walking, Weeds in the Garden of Eden, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, Furry Blur and Naughty Noosa Meets the Neighbours.

She writes in a number of different genres, her specialty being flash fiction. Barbara is the recipient of more than thirty writing awards in the United Kingdom and the United States, including three International Book Awards and one USA Best Book Award for her books Weeds in the Garden of Eden, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and Moon Walking.


The Adriatic kitchen, by Barbara Unkovic, published by Exisle Publishing, 2017, paperback, rrp A$14.99. 


- reviewed by Sally Hammond


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