I received more books in February than I’ve had time to show, so I’ll be spreading thses book haul posts into March.  Today I’d like to share with you though a book I’m really loking forward to reading as it sounds so interesting and different.  It’s a Romanian translation and I can’t wait to start reading.  It has also come with some fun extras.  There are three cards with the book’s title on one side, on the other side, one of the cards has a press release while the other two are recipes which are probably included in this interesting fantasy story.  Let’s take a look at the whole set of things that came…

February book haul Neem Tree Press feature image
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And now let’s tale a closer look at the book and the blurb…

February book haul Neem Tree Press close up of book
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The Book of Perilous Dishes by Doina RustiBUCHAREST, 1798
A slave-cook lives in Bucharest, sought after by everyone.  His sublime cooking satisfies even the sopphisticated tastes of the Prince, who lays claim to him, whisking him off to the Palace.  However, no one knows that the cook has in his possession a witch’s recipe book, the Book of Perilous Dishes.  His food can bring about damaging sincerity, forgetfulness, the gift of prediction, or hysterical laughter.  And the rightful owner of this book is a fourteen-year-old Pâtca, an adolescent initiated in the occult arts.  Pâtcha comes to Bucharest, to her uncle, Cuviosu Zăval, to recover this book, but she finds him dead, murdered, and the Book of Perilous Dishes has disappeared without a trace.  All that Zăval has left her is a strange map…


Doesn’t this book sound so interesting?  I always love books written by people from other countries and cultures and this one sounds so interesting, plus I love the idea of recipes that have more than just an affect on your taste buds! 🙂  I’ll be reviewing this book as part of a blog tour on the 23rd of March.  The blog tour starts on the 14th though so I hope you’ll look out for that. 🙂

What do you think of this book?  Do you like translated fiction?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂