The Malta Independent 25 March 2017, Saturday

Maltese cuisine takes centre stage in international cookbook

Monday, 26 September 2016, 15:19 Last update: about 7 months ago

Renowned German blogger and food writer Meike Peters’s first cookbook will feature some of Malta’s most iconic recipes, including the pudina tal-hobz and minestra, alongside famous US desserts and German favourites.

Renowned blogger and food writer Meike Peters's first cookbook, Eat In My Kitchen: to cook, to bake, to eat and to treat will be published on Tuesday 4 October and will feature numerous local recipes she picked up over her 11-year relationship with Malta. Inspired by her internationally-followed blog by the same name, the cookbook will be published in both English and German to a worldwide readership.Meike Peters first came to prominence three years ago when she set upon herself the task to publish a recipe a day on her blog, 'Eat In My Kitchen.'

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Within a few months, the blog received coverage in the US, with Saveur Magazine commenting about the 'gorgeous photos', 'engaging writing' and 'seriously inspiring recipes.'Inspired by her travels and love for discovering new flavours, Meike's upcoming cookbook features German recipes that she grew up cooking with her mother, including schnitzel and pretzel buns, as well as recipes from Malta and the US, two countries she is linked to through her half-Maltese, half-American boyfriend of 11 years."I met Jamie while he was touring in Germany with Ira Losco, which I was overseeing," says Meike, who now considers Malta her second home.

"When I came to visit I was totally mesmerised by the amazing ways things like fennel seeds, citrus fruit, coriander seeds and orange blossom water were used, and I now include them in a variety of recipes to create a fusion of cuisines. I also discovered various new baking recipes from the US, all of which make an appearance in my upcoming cookbook."

Meike's eye for great photography and her knack for creating easy-to-follow recipes has ensured her ongoing success and, her upcoming cookbook, published internationally by Prestel, will continue to follow the same, winning formula but in a completely repackaged way."While some recipes from the blog have made it into the book, the vast majority are completely new or have been given major tweaks," she continues.

"I believe good food should be simple and fun to make and should never feel like a chore - particularly since many of us have to cook after a hard day's work."The 256-page, hardback book, which is currently available for pre-order from all major bookstores in Malta, includes stunning, full-page food photography taken by Meike herself, as well as six 'Meet In Your Kitchen' features, including one with the Ċini family from Gozo, who have been harvesting salt from Xwejni Bay for generations."

Malta has some truly delicious and genuine products, including tasty vegetables, fabulously luxurious olive oil, and proper coarse sea salt - all which add a new layer of flavour to any dish. I want to celebrate the rich and colourful story of Malta's fare and recipes, and to impart some of the things that I've learnt about certain ingredients to my readers all over the world," she concludes.
Eat In My Kitchen: to cook, to bake, to eat and to treat will be available for purchase as of Tuesday 4 October. To find out more about Meike and her recipes, please visit www.eatinmykitchen.meikepeters.com/  

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