The lusty peasant
dishes of Albania are gathered in a third recent issue, the interesting
Cookbook," a fund-raising effort of the
Women's Guild of St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Worcester, Mass. This
book describes in fascinating detail the historical, religious and cultural
heritages of "the land of the eagles" and includes a chapter on folk customs.
foreword by: Anthony Athanas, President
Food customs and traditions, of course, are very vital ingredients of the cultures of the various countries and each of them should have a cookbook such as this to appropriately chronicle its recipes for posterity.
In the history of groups and nations, food has been utilized not only to appease hunger but also to celebrate many kinds of events, holidays, and other dates of relative importance.
While Albanians didn't have the luxurious food resources of some of the more affluent countries, they generously compensated for that by making what they had, literally, do wonders for them - through loving diligence and intelligence provided cherished recipes for all occasions.
We are, indeed, greatly indebted to the Women's Guild of the Albanian Orthodox Church of St.Mary's Assumption of Worcester, who has given so unstintingly of their time and effort to enable us to have the enviable opportunity to partake of the treasured recipes in this book.
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