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The Viennese Kitchen: Tante Hertha's Book of Family Recipes

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #7 in European


Pros: beautiful photographs, comfort food

Cons: not much that's new or different

It seems like the food of Austria is starting to make a little bit of a splash in the US, with the release of Neue Cuisine by Kurt Gutenbrunner.  The food is traditional and filling, made for shorter summers and cold winters.  While Gutenbrunner's book is a more cafe-oriented haute cuisine survey of Austrian cooking, The Viennese Kitchen takes a look inside the typical Austrian kitchen.  The recipes in the book all come from the author's family recipe collection, and you can tell that they were lovingly prepared over the years.  There is nothing too complicated, and only a few unusual entries, but you still get the taste of Austria from the recipes.


The book itself is a solid hardcover, with thick matte pages and gorgeous photographs, not only of the food, but also Vienna.  In addition, the author has included family photographs of the people who prepared the recipes originally.  It makes for a beautiful remembrance of an Austrian family's cooking life.  The book covers all the usual categories, from appetizers to desserts, although a bit light on anything involving green vegetables.


I tried the recipe for Lachsfleckerln, which is a kind of salmon noodle souffle.  It was warm and comforting, although I almost wished there was some sort of spice or flavoring besides the butter and sour cream.  However, if served alongside a fresh green salad, as the instructions mention, I can see it being a complete and satisfying meal.  I can't wait to try some of the amazing sweets that fill the later chapters.



Baked Noodles with Salmon


Serves 4


Butter, for greasing

1 1/2 tbsp fine breadcrumbs

7 oz extra-broad egg noodles (or Fleckerln if available)

3/4 lb poached boned salmon

5 tbsp/2 1/2 oz butter, at room temperature

4 large eggs, separated

1/2 cup sour cream

Salt and freshly ground pepper


Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.


Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with butter and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, then tip out the excess breadcrumbs.


Break the noodles in half and boil in salted water for 7-10 minutes, until al dente, then drain.  In the meantime, coarsely chop the salmon in a food processor and set aside.


In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy, then add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating throroughly after each addition.  Stir in the sour cream and the salmon.  Season with salt and pepper.


In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks.


Mix the noodles into the creamed mixture and fold in the egg whites.  Transfer to the baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes.  Serve with a green salad.


Note: Square egg noodles (or Fleckerln) can be purchased in kosher delicatessens.  Otherwise, standard egg noodles are a fine substitute.

The Viennese Kitchen: Tante Hertha's Book of Family Recipes

A perfect gift for cookbook enthusiasts and anyone interested in classic Viennese cooking TraditionsThis beautiful book, based on original notebook and recipe journal of a 1900s baroness, takes readers on a journey through fin de siècle Viennese high society. With over 100 original recipes, all of which have been tested and brought up to date for the modern cook, it is not only a wonderful collection of recipes but also a fascinating look at the life of a Viennese family. Filled with anecdotes and personal stories to bring the recipes to life, this book is a charming insight into a bygone era. The classic recipes cover a variety of dishes both savory and sweet, with a strong emphasis on the desserts and pastries for which Vienna is famed.Enchanting photographs of Vienna grace the book, capturing the architecture, café culture, and beauty of this elegant city.

AuthorMonica Meehan Maria von Baich
LabelInterlink Pub Group
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TitleThe Viennese Kitchen: Tante Hertha's Book of Family Recipes
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Item Weight2.34 pounds
Item Width8.59 inches
Languages - Original LanguageEnglish
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