Did you know that our library has quite a substantial collection of cookbooks?
One of our most recent additions is The Viennese Kitchen, a visually appealing book with beautiful photographs, written by Monica Meehan and her mother Maria von Baich. The book is dedicated to the recipes and the life of aunt Hertha, who lived in fin de siècle Vienna.
A big section of the book is dedicated to desserts. Linzer cookies, ginger bread, apricot dumplings, apple strudel and many more delicious recipes will leave you craving for something sweet.
Author Giles MacDonogh has toured the wine regions of Austria together with photographer Manfred Horvath, and their book, The wine and food of Austria, combines expert knowledge on Austrian wine with a selection of Austrian recipes from top restaurants, as well as beautiful photographs from the Austrian wine regions.
Lovers of vegetarian cuisine might enjoy Zurück zu den Wurzeln (Back to the roots) by Gisela Winkelhofer. This beautifully designed book portraits Viennese restaurateur Christian Wrenkh and shows the places where he shops for his vegetarian restaurant. The chef’s recipes mix local ingredients and exotic spices.
Another recipe book containing some quite exotic recipes is Hier wird nur mit Liebe gekocht! Rezepte und Geschichten aus dem Gemeindebau (We cook with love here! Recipes and stories from the public housing communities).
Austria – a culinary tour features a detailed culinary history of Austria starting in 2500 BC. Well, no detailed recipes have been handed down from the early times, but scientists discovered that they were already eating carrots way back then!
Have you ever been confused by the overwhelming choice of coffee in a traditional Austrian Kaffeehaus? Austria – a culinary tour will also help you figure out the differences between a Pharisäer, Salon-Einspänner, Einspänner, Kleiner Brauner, Piccolo, Kapuziner, Konsul, großer Brauner, Kaiser-Melange, Mazagran, Kaffee Maria Theresia, Cappuccino, Kaffee mit Schleppe or Türkischer.
If you would like to enjoy some Austrian food and wine without having to prepare it yourself, why not check out some of the Austrian restaurants and coffeehouses in New York?
Edi & the Wolf http://www.ediandthewolf.com/
Café Steinhof http://www.cafesteinhof.com/
Café Katja http://www.cafekatja.com/
Blaue Gans http://kg-ny.com/blaue-gans
Café Sabarsky http://www.neuegalerie.org/cafes/sabarsky