The story of this important culinary and cultural book started four years ago, when author Špela Vodovc launched Cook Eat Slovenia: a series of cooking classes dedicated to traditional Slovenian food for international travelers. Her dream was to share one-of-a-kind — yet traditional — experiences. Visitors quickly became friends while learning from a local girl, who taught and served the kinds of food Slovenians have eaten at home (for everyday and festive occasions) for centuries.
Over the years, she’s hosted hundreds of happy foodies in her classes. The result of those sessions, along with hundreds of years of gastronomic passion across generations, is this cookbook: Cook Eat Slovenia. This publication is the first of its kind, dedicated to bringing the delicious experience of Slovenian cuisine to people around the world.
Inside, you’ll find more than 100 family recipes and tips for cooking traditional Slovenian dishes. Divided into chapters for each of the four seasons — with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and rich cultural traditions — it tells a story … rather than only teaching readers how to cook. More than just a book of recipes and instructions, this is a map to the author’s culture through traditional Slovenian dishes.
The goal is to fill stomachs and hearts while also providing a travel guide to an amazing culinary destination: the beautiful little country of Slovenia.
About the author
“Food has always played an important role in my family and I’m continuing that legacy,” says Špela Vodovc, the author of Cook Eat Slovenia cookbook. “I’ve been passionate about food and cooking since I was a little girl. I learned how to cook the old-fashioned way, and now I want to share my passion and enthusiasm for food and Slovenian cuisine with the world. I want to bring back the romance of old traditions with some almost-forgotten recipes and most recognized Slovenian dishes.”
The traditional Slovenian recipes found in this extraordinary edition have been in the Vodovc family for generations. Most of the recipes you will find in the pages of this intimate collection have never been written down, anywhere. They have just been kept in the author’s head, and in her mother’s and her grandmother’s and so on for many generations before that.