It’s been quite a long time since I made a book review here on Happy Interior Blog. Today I am happy to introduce you to a fantastic food and travel book entitled ‘Süsses Belgrad’ in German. In English the title translates to ‘Sweet Belgrade’ and that’s exactly what you will find in this book. My friend and food blogger Sara Plavic of ‘Birds Like Cake’ fulfilled a long lasting dream with this book. She takes us on a sweet trip to the Serbian capital Belgrade and reveals some of the country’s finest recipes.
‘Sweet Belgrade’ is both a travel and a foodie book. Why? Because this book combines both topics. In fact, it tells even more. ‘Süsses Belgrad’ talks about the country’s food tradition and culture. Also it takes the reader on an inspiring tour through Belgrade’s vivid café and restaurant scene. We also discover the city’s markets and sights. The heart of the book however are the luscious recipes.
Being myself of Serbian origin, I am familiar with most of the recipes. Especially the sweet treats (they are in the focus of this book) are very common and popular across Serbia and the Serbian diaspora. Homemade sweets are an essential part of the Serbian coffee culture. Some of my favorite sweets are in this book too like the delicious ‘Breskvice’. This word translates into ‘small peaches’ and those cookies look like little juicy peaches indeed. I think this is a recipe I will try in my new kitchen soon! Moreover, the book offers also a range of recipes for savoury delicacies from Serbia too (yummy ‘Gibanica’, a cheese filled filo pastry dish that is traditionally eaten with yoghurt among others). You will definitely discover a new cuisine!
Another aspect that I love about this book is the photography. For ‘Sweet Belgrade’ Sara collaborated with a talented local photographer named Sonja Lazukic who perfectly captured the rugged charms of Belgrade and the scrumptious specialties. For the time being this book is only available in German. If you read and understand German, I have good news for you: I am giving away one copy of ‘Süsses Belgrad’ on my Instagram account. Hop over and join in! Also you can grab a copy directly HERE. Enjoy and welcome to Serbia and Belgrade! Prijatno (‘enjoy your meal’ in Serbian)!