Borsch, Vodka and Tears

Borsch, Vodka and Tears

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Benny Roff

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  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 210mm x 28mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: South Yarra
  • ISBN 10: 1742702449
  • ISBN 13: 9781742702445
  • Illustrations note: full colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 38,572

Product description

This book is a celebration of the food and passion behind this Melbourne institution. The book is split into three chapters: `Tears`, which is the story of how the restaurant came about; `Vodka`, which is a definitive guide to Polish vodkas, vodka tasting notes and how to match food with vodka, as well as recipes for the restaurant's most popular cocktails; and `Borsch`, which features warming Polish classics, such as cabbage rolls, blintzes, beetroot soup and borsch, as well as modern dishes, desserts and sharing plates. Edgy photography by Bonnie Savage, a comprehensive guide to vodka, and delicious, popular recipes make Borsch, Vodka andamp; Tears an instant classic for fans beyond the restaurant itself.

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Author information

Benny Roff began cooking professionally at 24 and graduated from the California Culinary Academy in 2001. He has cooked at Le Bernadin in New York City, Jardini re in San Francisco and Kensington Place in London. He moved to cocktails in 2006 and managed Borsch, Vodka and Tears in Melbourne's Windsor for three years, where he conducted extensive empirical research into vodka. He currently lives and works in Brunswick, Melbourne.

Customer reviews

By Benoit 30 May 2012 5

This is a well written book, which is more than a cook book. It attempts, and mostly succeeds, in telling the story of the eponymous restaurant through the story of Polish struggle and migration, and the story of vodka itself. Though some of the recipes are very time consuming and the vodka unavailable, it seems as much an homage to the food and drink of Poland as it is a practical guide, though it may serve as both. All in all, a good read.

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"A truly unique book...and no doubt will take you on an adventurous journey through Polish cuisine, customs and of course the now world-famed drink, vodka. The latter part of the book is filled with recipes that are true to the Polish traditions. Ever since getting my hands on a copy of "Borsch, Vodka and Tears" I have not been able to put the book down. It is a thrilling read, recommended for anyone into food history. It is a unique story of connectedness of migrants through their food and custom, and a story of intermingling passions, fate and of course the most interesting insight into vodka, its etymology, history both in the East and West...Grab a copy of this fascinating book and immerse your self in a different world while you munch on a serving of these Polish Potato Pancakes." "Wholesome Cook"""Borsch, Vodka & Tears" is a unique vodka cocktail and Polish recipe book that celebrates classic and modern cocktails and dishes from Eastern Europe. It is the only book in the market that provides comprehensive vodka-tasting notes and suggestions for matching different vodkas with delicious and hearty food. "Borsch, Vodka & Tears" is the perfect cocktail and recipe book for anyone with a love (or curiosity about) Polish cuisine, cocktails and the varied vodkas from this region." ""