Tasting Historical Europe: eCookbook on culinary threads between Austria and Lithuania

Do you know what the favorite dish of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph was? Can you imagine what dishes were preferred by the famous Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth noblemen family of the Radziwiłłs? Or do you have an idea what the Battle of Vienna 1683 has to do with coffee?

Together with Vilnius University Faculty of Communication, the R&D Department of the Austrian National Library travelled to the culinary history of these two countries within the eCookbook “Tasting Historical Europe – Exploring the culinary threads between Austria and Lithuania”. Developed within the Europeana Food and Drink Project, the book takes a look at Europe from a different angle considering it to be a net of culinary connections where invisible historic threads lead to traditional kitchens.

The book is filled with traditional recipes from early cookbooks accompanied with old pictures and illustrations, as well as modern interpretations of traditional/old dishes which could easily find their ways to the contemporary kitchens of the reader. Seven food bloggers from Lithuania and Austria contributed to this culinary exploration of their countries, bringing traditional and historic recipes into the present.

collage_ATLTBookAmong others, the eCookbook features main dishes such as Zander prepared in the Dutch-Oven or Lithuanian-styled saddle of venison, but also sweet delicacies such as “Vienna cake” or “Viennese croissants”. Different ways of preparing coffee like the coffee roasting method by Anna Ciundziewicka in “The housekeeper of Lithuania”, 1848 or suggestions by Olga and Adolf Hess in “Wiener Küche”, 1913 show usual methods of those times.

Kaffeebereitung nach Olga and Adolf Hess in “Wiener Küche”, 1913

Kaffeebereitung nach Olga and Adolf Hess in “Wiener Küche”, 1913

The historic recipes and illustrations are sourced through Europeana and collections of the Austrian National Library and Vilnius University, cooked and photographed by the participating foodbloggers.

You can download the eCookbook for free via http://bit.ly/tastinghistoricaleurope.

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