From Austria to Lithuania and back! Following the launch event for our eCookbook mid of January in Vienna, it was time to celebrate „Tasting Historical Europe – Exploring the culinary threads between Austria and Lithuania“ also in Lithuania.
On 25th of January, the Lithuanian capital Vilnius which is home to the Europeana Food and Drink project partner Vilnius University Faculty of Communication saw this second celebration for the eCookbook launch. Members from Lithuanian – Austrian community, also librarians and book lovers, as well as food bloggers and food fans gathered at the cozy coffee manufacture „Crooked nose & coffee stories“ based in downtown of Vilnius.
The evening started with an intriguing lecture given by one of the book authors professor Rimvydas Laužikas presenting not only authentic Lithuanian – Austrian dishes, but also a fascinating historic moments and interesting food stories that reflected to the common gastronomic history of two countries. It was followed by an engaging coffee education lesson, where the owner of the manufacture and a big coffee enthusiast Emanuelis Ryklys shared his knowledge about coffee preparation process, as well as its tastes and aromas.
“I don’t know how it [butter] affects the coffee, but I tasted it and it was amazing.” – Anna Ciundziewicka, 1848.
Finally, all event guest were invited to try an authentic coffee recipe published in the 19th century cookbook “The housekeeper of Lithuania” written by Anna Ciundziewicka and to experience the historic taste themselves!
The eCookbook is a result of a joint effort between Europeana Food and Drink project partners Vilnius University Faculty of Communication and the Austrian National Library to reveal the invisible gastronomical threads forming European culinary heritage network.
Find out more and download the ebook here.
By Ingrida Vosyliute, Vilnius University Faculty of Communication