What's Your Favorite European Cuisine? (Besides French & Italian!)

When people talk about the great cuisines of Europe, what they really mean, much of the time, is France. And maybe Italy. The mother sauces of France, the pasta of Italy... but wait. There's a lot more to Europe than these two vastly popular and influential cuisines. What about the Netherlands? England? Ireland? Germany? Croatia? Greece? Poland? What's your favorite European cuisine (that's not French or Italian)?

My family is German, Czech, and Slovenian, so some of my favorite childhood recipes are from those cuisines: German dumplings, Czech Easter bread, and Slovenian nut bread (carbs, carbs, and more carbs!).

What about you? Do you have fond memories or memorable travel experiences with other sorts of European cuisines?

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(Images: Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.