Georgian Cooking with Bennet Clifford
Part of our Thursday evening SOFA Series presentations, find the program listings online.
About the Presentation
While renowned in its region for decades, Georgian food is also becoming popular in the West. The cuisine of Georgia is in many ways a cornerstone of Georgian culture, especially when served during a traditional Georgian feast (supra). Throughout the country, Georgian cooks incorporate fresh herbs and local produce, unique spice blends, and variants of the Georgian national dish khachapuri (cheese-filled bread). However, the cuisine of each region of Georgia is shaped by their different climates, histories, and influences, resulting in unique styles of cooking and flavors across the country.
In this brief course, Bennett teaches three recipes from different regions of Georgia. With the exception of one ingredient, each recipe can be easily recreated at home with ingredients that are available at most American supermarkets and with easy-to-learn techniques.
Outside his day job as a counter-terrorism researcher and graduate student, Bennett Clifford is an aficionado of Georgian cuisine. While he lived, worked, and studied the Georgian language in Georgia in Eastern Europe, Bennett learned family-style Georgian recipes from his friends, neighbors, and people he met on his travels throughout the country. As a home cook, he frequently makes Georgian food using adaptations he developed to make use of ingredients that are available in an American supermarket.
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