A culinary journey through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.Amber & Rye explores this exciting part of Eastern Europe, guiding you around the capitals, sharing stories from the locals, and discovering a dynamic, new style of cooking.
“Amber and Rye is a stylish introduction to Baltic foods and culture that accents the region’s evolving contemporary scenes … a stunning account of her summer tour of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Her creative versions of traditional recipes and novel use of beloved local ingredients come alongside travel shots and profiles of Baltic cities. Zak is a personable, knowledgeable storyteller … Folk art motifs reinforce the book’s fresh, colorful vibe, as do its insightful descriptions ….”— - Foreword
“This culinary jaunt across Eastern Europe is full of inventive twists and adventurous turns … Zak, whose debut, Polska, focused on new Polish cooking, brings the same light touch and modern sensibility to the cuisines of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in this heartfelt collection … In brief travelogues that separate chapters, Zak combines memoir with history in exploring such locales as Latvia’s capital city of Riga, and the bohemian town of Kaunas in Lithuania ….”— - Publishers Weekly
“A remarkable exploration of one of Europe’s better-kept secrets: the food and culture of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia … Amber & Rye proves so ably, each of these countries has its own unique and distinct culinary roots and culture, and each country is currently experiencing a lively culinary renaissance, which makes Amber & Rye an especially timely and welcome addition to this season’s new cookbooks … [A] delightful and compelling exploration of the cuisines, culture, and history of these three Baltic countries.”— - New Books Network
Longlisted for the 2021 André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards
Zuza Zak describes herself as a “storyteller cook” whose debut cookbook Polska: New Polish Cooking achieved much success. It appeared in six languages and was selected as one of the best cookbooks of 2016 on BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme. The Independent described Polska as “capturing the spirit of a nation.” Zuza was born in Poland in 1979 and moved to the UK when she was eight. She worked in TV in for 8 years then started a supper club, A Slavic Tale. Since publishing her cookbook, Zuza has had regular appearances on Polish TV and radio. Internationally, you can see her on Food Network Finds: Poland. In 2019, Zuza started a food-focused PhD at the prestigious School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, where she continues to explore East European food from a socio-cultural perspective, through the lens of a cultural anthropologist.