Several weeks ago, Andrea Pisac released her second best-selling cookbook of Croatian dishes in English. Croatian Classics: 100 savoury dishes to delight your family and friends has instantly won over worldwide lovers or Croatian cuisine.
‘We expected the cookbook to do well’, Andrea says, ‘so we ordered a three times bigger print run than the first cookbook, but our stocks are still running low.’
Andrea has proved once again that her approach to writing about Croatian food is thorough, meticulous and with plenty of images and background stories.
‘I was surprised when people asked me if I REALLY cooked all the dishes from my cookbooks’, Andrea reveals. ‘Of course, I did, and not only once – I cooked until I had a perfect recipe to share. My readers know this and write to thank me for such dedication.’
“Many Croatian cookbooks that I’ve seen are not quite so well organized or accurate as yours and they remind me of how our parents would give partial instructions when cooking – “pa znas, od prilike to i to” Haha! I love your step by step instructions and beautiful layout!” — Loris
As an anthropologist, Andrea believes in everything small scale. Even now when her Croatia Honestly shop is growing, she and her team still manage every step of production.
‘I am proud that both cookbooks are produced in Croatia. We work with Croatian designers, photographers and printers. And when the book arrives to our warehouse, we do all the sorting and packing ourselves. My readers know that I am just an email away’, Andrea says.
With the help of express shipping, both cookbooks travel to every corner of the world within a week. Reviews in the shop show that Andrea’s cookbooks are most popular in the USA, Canada and Australia.
“Most of our family favourites are included into your collection, the step-by-step method is super practical and the photos are amazing. Love your work, Andrea. Your determined effort to promote Croatia is truly admirable and I hope you’ve got more delightful projects up your sleeve.” — Ela
We asked Andrea what was her favourite feedback from her readers:
‘I am touched by every email I receive because I love learning about my readers’ family stories. Food is how we keep connected with our heritage. And not only via the recipes, but by continuing our culture of eating. So, when a reader told me she read my cookbook as bedtime stories to her daughter, I knew my mission was complete.’
Get Croatian Classics cookbook HERE.