Za stolom sa Slavenima

Projekt Za stolom sa Slavenima čine: Za stolom sa Slavenima u različitim oblicima na jednom mjestu predstavlja odabrana i tipična jela iz 13 slavenskih zemalja. Kroz recepte triju odabranih jela iz bogate kulinarske kulturne baštine svake zemlje, ovo prvo zajedničko predstavljanje slavenske kuhinje u svijetu vrhunskim fotografijama i kratkim prikazom gastronomskih i kulinarskih obilježja svake zemlje, odražava sličnosti i razlike slavenskog kulinarskog identiteta i identiteta više od 300 milijuna Slavena općenito.
“U većini zemalja raste svijest da je hrana dio nacionalnog identiteta i međunarodnog imidža. Time se u prvi plan stavlja i novo poštovanje prema hrani i lokalnim proizvodima te povratak na lokalna jela u novim transformacijama. Kuharice čuvaju recepte iz prošlosti od prebrzog zaborava. Ključna je uloga tih kuharica prenošenje i očuvanje nematerijalne kulturne baštine čovječanstva s generacije na generaciju, kako to priznaje UNESCO.”
Edouard Cointreau, predsjednik i osnivač Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

O KNJIZI

  • Autor tekstova: dr. Janez Bogataj
  • Fotografije: Tomo Jeseničnik
  • Priprema i oblikovanje hrane: Hiša kulinarike Jezeršek
  • Art direction i dizajn: Edi Berk
  • Objavljeno: 2015. na engleskom, 2017. na slovenskom

BEST IN THE WORLD – GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARD

Celebrating a wealth of flavourful traditions

The cuisine of Belarus has a lot in common with Polish and Lithuanian cooking traditions, but has been influenced also by other Baltic, Slavic as well as Jewish and Germanic cuisines. Another strong influence were the Lithuanian (Lipka) Tatars, whose cooking relied heavily on flat breads and pies with different fillings, mutton and vegetable dishes.

A blend of so many different traditions, Belarusian cuisine is one of the most diverse in the region, but offers, despite similarities with other cooking traditions, a variety of original dishes. Historically, different trends could be observed in Belarusian cuisine, with each social class developing its own gastronomic tradition.
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes

  • Haladnik / Cold Soup Haladnik
  • Draniki / Potato Pancakes
  • Kisel / Kissel

The ethnic diversity that characterises the country is reflected also in its culinary tradition.

The staples of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s cuisine are light dishes, moderately seasoned with a variety of spices and cooked in plenty of water. Popular ingredients include vegetables (tomato, onion, potato, garlic, squash, cucumbers, spinach, cabbage, beans, peppers and similar), mushrooms, milk, sour cream or pavlaka and plums as the most typically used fruit. Muslims cook meat dishes with beef and lamb, while other ethnic groups use pork as well. The most representative are unarguably grilled meat dishes such as čevapčiči, pleskavice and sudžuk (spicy beef sausage).
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:

  • Japrak / Stuffed Vine Leaves
  • Bosanski lonac / Bosnian Pot Stew
  • Tufahija / Walnut-Stuffed Poached Apples

 

Bulgarian cuisine is tasty, spicy and an excellent match with Bulgarian wines. It employs large quantities of quality meat, especially lamb, and fresh, flavourful vegetables. Bulgarian salads are an essential part of the so-called “Bulgarian diet”. Served as starters, they are often accompanied by rakija (rakia), a Bulgarian version of slivovitz plum brandy. Bulgarian salads are both hearty and large and can be enjoyed as a meal in themselves. Some of the most popular Bulgarian salads include shopska salad (vegetables with Bulgarian white cheese), snezhanka (cucumbers, walnuts and garlic with yoghurt) and kyopolou (roasted pepper, eggplant, lots of garlic and parsley).
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:

  • Shopska Salad
  • Kapama / Meat and Sauerkraut Casserole
  • Garash Cake

Croatia is where Central European and Mediterranean gastronomic traditions meet the ways of the Balkans, so it comes as no surprise that the country’s gastronomic map is divided into ten regions. The capital Zagreb and surroundings offers delicacies representative of other Croatian regions as well as international mainstays. The culinary tradition of Slavonia is defined by smoke-dried meat products, freshwater fish and sumptuous desserts. A blend of Mediterranean, Oriental and Continental traditions, the southern part of Dalmatia with Dubrovnik ranks among the best cuisines in the Mediterranean. Lika is famous for river fish and none more so than the trout. The Kvarner region is the home of shrimps and a thousand and one ways of preparing them. Of all Croatian regions Istria has the most successfully developed high-end cuisine and has integrated it well into its tourist offering.
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:

  • Lička juha / Lika-Style Sour Stew
  • Dalmatinska pašticada s njokima / Dalmatian Stew with Gnocchi
  • Imotska torta / Imotski Cake
The Czechs like to describe their cuisine with the words of the good soldier Švejk: “It’s heavy, exhausting, but so tasty!” While the Czech culinary tradition developed under the influence of its neighbouring countries the exchange went both ways, with the Czechs contributing mainly desserts and cakes (such as marble cake – bábovka – and dumplings – knedlíky) to the wider Central European region. Agriculture (cereals, legumes, vegetables) and livestock production (cattle, pig, sheep and chicken farming, milk production and the larger dairy industry, eggs and honey) are the cornerstones of Czech culinary fare. There is also hunting (wild game from both field and forest), fishing, foraging (fruits, mushrooms, wild honey, herbs and similar) and to a smaller extent also foodstuffs introduced from other countries. (Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:
  • Dršt´ková polévka / Tripe Soup
  • Svíčková neboli hovězí pečeně “nazajícovo” / Beef Tenderloin in Cream Sauce “a la Chasse”
  • Švestkové knedliky / Plum Dumplings

The Adriatic on the one side and the continent on the other definitively shape the character of Montenegrin gastronomy. Situated virtually at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea as part of the larger Mediterranean, the country with its rugged mountains and rich valleys in the hinterland offers myriad culinary delights, where Mediterranean elements blend with Central and Eastern European influences, completed with a touch of the Turkish cooking tradition. Montenegrin cuisine offers delicacies like njeguški pršut (Njegoš smoked ham), plevaljski sir (cow cheese from Plevlja), and kačkavalj cheese made from sheep milk, cow milk or both. Njeguški pršut is the culinary contribution of the village of Njeguši at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and continental climates, where this marvellous smoked ham is still made the traditional way.
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:

  • Bokeljski brodet / Boka Kotorska Fish Stew
  • Cicvara na kajmaku / Creamy Cornmeal with Kajmak, Kaštradina with Raštan / Cured Mutton with Sea Kale
  • Peraška torta / Perast Cake

Macedonians certainly know how to enjoy their food. They have turned eating into a special ritual and North Macedonia into a land of full flavours and aromas. The country’s warm climate is the result of the Mediterranean currents flowing through the country via river valleys. The land, with its fertile soil and a wealth of sunny days (up to 280 per year) makes North Macedonia rich in fruit and vegetables, mountain herbs, lake and river fish, rice, mutton, veal, pork and poultry, milk and dairy products, game, grapes, walnuts, chestnuts, almonds and last, but not least, tobacco.
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:

  • Spinach and Cheese Pie, Pindjur / Pepper Relish, Peppers Stuffed with White Cheese
  • Vine Leaf Sarma, Drob sarma / Lamb Liver with Rice
  • Date Cake

Poland’s diverse gastronomy developed at the crossroads of old trade routes between Europe and Asia, through contact with neighbouring countries (Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia) and under the influence of ethnic minorities that have lived in Poland for centuries (e.g. Jewish, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Lithuanians). The quality and substance of Polish cuisine reflect the fact that a quarter of the country’s considerable population depends on agriculture and livestock production for a living. Typical staples include sauerkraut, beetroot, cucumbers (pickled cucumbers, for example, are one of the symbols of Polish cuisine), swede, potato (the town Podlasie is known for its potato sausage, aka kiszka ziemniaczana), cream and other dairy products, dried meat, mushrooms, fruit (apples), honey, meat, poultry, game and fish.
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:

  • Żurek / Polish Sour Rye Soup
  • Pike à la Polonaise
  • Mazurek / Polish Easter Cake

The proverbial Russian hospitality is best reflected in their custom of greeting arrivals with an offering of bread and salt, two staples on every Russian table. Having conquered French and other European cuisines already in the 19th century caviar is probably the most famous Russian dish.

The “ritual” of eating caviar starts with a shot of vodka after which a thin toast is offered with butter and a slice of lemon to go with the caviar. Cooking in Russia is not something to be taken lightly. No meal can start without zakuski (starters), which consist of cold snacks (caviar, salmon, sturgeon, porcini, pickles, Russian salad, venigret, marinated or grilled fish and similar) and are followed by a warm or cold soup. Russian menus feature a host of soups, which are one of the staples of the country’s cuisine.
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:

  • Šči / Russian Sauerkraut Soup
  • Beef Stroganoff
  • Syrniki / Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Soul food is probably the term that best describes Serbian cuisine, so it is hardly surprising that it was chosen as the slogan to promote the country’s gastronomic flavourful identity. Diverse landscapes and manifold historical influences have come together to create a colourful palette of foods, dishes and flavours. Serbian cuisine has also adopted many elements from the neighbouring Mediterranean (especially Greek and Turkish), Austrian, Bulgarian and Hungarian traditions. Known for their enjoyment of both cooking and indulging in good food, Serbians have preserved many an old recipe that is integral to their heritage of culinary culture. Serbia is divided into four main gastronomical regions: (South)Eastern and Southern Serbia, Central Serbia, western Serbia and Vojvodina, each further characterised by local differences and curiosities.
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:

  • Jagnjeća čorba / Lamb Stew
  • Ćevapi / Meat Rolls, Pleskavica / Meat Patty, Leskovačka mućkalica / Pork and Pepper Stew
  • Slatko od šljiva / Plum Preserve

The culinary cultural heritage of Slovakia is divided into three regions: the mountains (Trenčín, Liptov, Orava, a part of the Gemer region, Spiš, Šariš and northern parts of Zemplin); the lowlands (Záhori, Žitný ostrov, the Nitra region, Abov; and the southern part of Zemplin) and the area in between (Hont, Zvolensko, a part of the southern Gemer region, Novohrad).  Up until the 1950s people in the mountain region still cooked mainly with vegetables and dairy products, while people in the lowlands also used meat. In all three regions food consisted mainly of what could be produced given the natural conditions. Vegetables in general are widely used in Slovak cuisine as well as freshwater fish and the inevitable desserts. These feature the notable and protected walnut rolls called bratislavské rožky, which were granted Traditional Specialties Guaranteed status by the European Union and are listed also in international dictionaries of gastronomy.
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:

  • Bryndzové halušky / Potato Dumplings with Bryndza Sheep Cheese and Bacon
  • Pečená hus, lokše a dusená kapusta / Roast Goose, Lokše / Potato Pancakes and Braised Red Cabbage
  • Šarišské pirohy / Filled Dumplings

Slovenian cuisine and gastronomy are largely a reflection of the country’s geographical position at the crossroads of European Alpine, Mediterranean and Pannonian regions, which has exerted particular influence on its cultural and economic development. Many innovations in the country’s culinary tradition can be traced back to the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but the first cookbook in the Slovenian language saw the light of day during the French occupation, in 1799. Further innovations appeared after

1918 and 1945, when Slovenian cuisine adopted and adapted recipes from the Balkan region. The 1960s saw the arrival of the Italian pizza, which soon gained popularity in the region. In the 1980s Slovenians started to rediscover their gastronomic heritage, which gave rise to the publishing of many new culinary books that had a significant influence on contemporary cuisine and eating habits.
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:

  • Štruklji / Rolled Dumplings, Cottage Cheese Štruklji, Apple Štruklji, Buckwheat Štruklji with Walnut Filling
  • Pražen krompir / Sautéed Potatoes, Kranjska klobasa / Carniolan Sausage
  • Pehtranova Potica / Tarragon Potica “Pehtranka”

With its exceptionally fertile soil and mild climate with abundant rainfall Ukraine has developed into the granary of Europe, which has had a profound impact also on the country’s food culture. Trade ties with other countries paved the way for the introduction of certain plants from east and central Asia, such as melons and eggplants.

Ukrainian cuisine relies heavily on vegetables, fruit, wild or forest fruits, honey, potato, cereals, cabbage, peas and beans, beetroot and sugar beets and pork. There are several regional variations of Ukrainian cuisine, stretching from Bukovyna to the Dnieper region.

The most important, indeed world famous among Ukrainian soups, is borscht. Known in Russia, Poland, Moldavia and Romania it is considered an original Ukrainian national dish.
(Text: Janez Bogataj, PhD)

Dishes:

  • Ukrainian Borscht
  • Vareniki / Filled Dumplings
  • Pampuški / Pampushky Christmas Doughnuts

Highlights

25 Anniversary Gourmand Awards

At the Table with the Slavs won a place in the exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Sweden in 2020.
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Polish Bolesławiec pottery

Decorative Bolesławiec pottery is known for its white and blue ornaments. It is presented also in the At the Table with the Slavs book.

Beijing International Book Fair

With famous Edouard Cointreau at the Beijing International Book Fair

At the Table with the Slavs in Moscow

In co-operation with the Slovenian Tourist Board the FSK presented the monograph and a selection from the eponymous exhibition at the Slovenian Evening in the Ritz- Carlton Hotel in Moscow.

Book Launch in Slovenia

Photo: Nik Rovan
In co-operation with the City of Ljubljana the book was launched in the Ljubljana City Hall, in the presence of the mayor, Zoran Janković, Andreja Rihter, Director of the FSK and the Author, Prof. Janez Bogataj.

Bulgarian ceramic

Typical Bulgarian ceramic plate decorated with regional ornaments highlights the importance of festive food. It is also on display at the book At the Table with the Slavs.

On Tour

Through various events and with different At the Table with the Slavs project is an important contribution to the promotion of food as cultural heritage and the rise of Slavic culinary diplomacy.

2019

Bled/Slovenia: Bled Festival Hall

2018

Radlje ob Dravi/Slovenia​: Center of Slavic Cultures Radlje ob Dravi

2017

Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina: Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Östersund/Sweden: Jamtli

2015

Milan/Italy: Urban center (June), Enel point (October)

VIJESTI

STORY

The beginnings of the project date back to the year 2013 when the initiative for the project on the wealth and diversity of flavours handed on to us by the Slavic cultures came from Andreja Rihter, the Director of the Forum of Slavic Cultures. She presented the idea to Prof. Janez Bogataj, one of the world’s foremost experts on Slovene and Slavic ethnology, with a special focus on the culinary history and modern trends.

In the process of creating the project, the embassies of all Slavic countries in Slovenia were consulted. The embassies’ staff confirmed Bogataj’s selection and offered many useful comments and guidelines once they had considered all of the sumptuous flavours of the dishes collected in the project.

The book in English was published in 2015 and in Slovene in 2017. An eponymous exhibition was premiered in Milan during the Expo 2015 and was later displayed in Östersund/Sweden, Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina, Radlje ob Dravi and Bled/Slovenia.

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