Austria is a land of sweet delights, with an almost unique variety of cakes, pastries and desserts. Over the centuries, traditional baking in Austria has been influenced not only by Bohemian, Hungarian and Italian cuisine, but also by regional rural cooking, and these baking traditions are maintained to this day both in the cafes and cake shops, and also in Austrian homes. Austrian baking is famous around the world for its delicious gateaux and excellent pastries, turning sweet dreams into a reality. In this book you will find the most well-known recipes from Austria¿s traditional bakeries: Esterhazy and Cardinal Slices Sacher Torte and Malakoff Gateau Kaiserschmarren and Doughnuts Salzburger Nockerln and Viennese Apricots
On this tour of Venice, see glowing mosaics in the flickering candlelight of the Byzantine Cathedral; snap a shot at the Bridge of Sighs; see a gondola depot; learn how coffee arrived in Europe and why Venetian cafe orchestras play Austrian waltzes; see a fantasy 500-year-old spiral staircase; hear of Venice´s favorite son, Marco Polo, who introduced ice cream to the West; look at a thousand-year-old palace made of marble lace; enjoy a glass of fizzy Prosecco; and revel in one of the most spectacular views in the world from the Rialto Bridge. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elyse Weiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/ijou/000004/sp_ijou_000004_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The final decade of the Cold War, through the eyes of a laconic and elegant observer In 1979 Richard Bassett set out on a series of adventures and encounters in central Europe which allowed him to savour the last embers of the cosmopolitan old Hapsburg lands and gave him a ringside seat at the fall of another ancien regime, that of communist rule. From Trieste to Prague and Vienna to Warsaw, fading aristocrats, charming gangsters, fractious diplomats and glamorous informants provided him with an unexpected counterpoint to the austerities of life along the Iron Curtain, first as a professional musician and then as a foreign correspondent. The book shows us familiar events and places from unusual vantage points: dilapidated mansions and boarding-houses, train carriages and cafes, where the game of espionage between east and west is often set. There are unexpected encounters with Shirley Temple, Fitzroy Maclean, Lech Walesa and the last Empress of Austria. Bassett finds himself at the funeral of King Nicola of Montenegro in Cetinje, plays bridge with the last man alive to have been decorated by the Austrian Emperor Franz-Josef and watches the KGB representative in Prague bestowing the last rites on the Soviet empire in Europe. Music and painting, architecture and landscape, food and wine, friendship and history run through the book. The author is lucky, observant and leans romantically towards the values of an older age. He brilliantly conjures the time, the people he meets, and Mitteleuropa in one of the pivotal decades of its history.