Web Store - Books, Food, and Other Bulgarian Stuff
A lot of bloody crap is sold online in form of Bulgarian souvenirs, hand-made gifts etc. I'm sure the same can be said for other countries merchandize of course. I looked over Amazon to check what Bulgarian items are offered there. Most isn't worth the money. Still, there are some good items if you are eager to buy stuff before of after visiting the country. So here are a few things we believe aren't bad:
Hoping that you'll have great conversations using a phrasebook is dull. If you don't know the language at all you have better chance to talk in English - plenty of people will understand you. So it's not a good idea to spend too much on big phrasebook. Lonely planet's one is small and cheap and can help you in some situations. (Link for UK users )
One good reason to buy a book with Bulgarian recipes is that you will hardly find much real Bulgarian food at the restaurants here. You have much better chances tasting it if you visit someone's home or cook some Bulgarian food yourself. And our food isn't that bad. (Link for UK users)
Surprise, surprise! We have some vegan dishes too. This book will give you the recipes. Surprisingly for many, in the past Bulgarians have eat a lot more vegan and vegetarian food than now. It's only in the recent fifty or so years since they have meat nearly every day on the table. This is a Kindle e-book. (Link for UK users)
This is one of the best Bulgarian books ever. Funny and sharp, it's part of the required reading in the public schools. The book is more than a centiry old and is classified as fiction so don't expect something like travel diary. I wish the book cover was not so ugly! (Link for UK users)
"Feta" is a bit misleading here because the best Bulgarian cheese is harder and has more salt than the Greek Feta. And I hope this cheese is closer to that than to the real Feta. The price is slightly higher than you can find locally here, but if you are not coming to Bulgaria soon, why don't you try it first? Bulgarian cheese is great and unique, and one of the things which everyone been here misses when they go back home.
Lukanka is one of the best types of Bulgarian salami. I'm not sure if other countries have exactly the same type of product - maybe some Balkan countries have. Anyway, if you eat meat, this is a must-try thing. Warning: it's usually made of pork and beef (just in case you have any observations).
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