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The Lost Chef

Hajro Dizdar and the Art of Bosnian Cooking



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The Lost Chef by Leila Chalk

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Written by his niece, this is a story about a Chef who got lost in a war and the recipes he was famous for. This book is Bosnian cooking made modern and simple, with easy to follow instructions, and a paddock to plate philosophy. Learn how to make regional favourites to tantalise your family and guests. It also offers a glimpse into the life of one man, the food he fed his family, and tells, with refreshing honesty, the story of a region blighted by war.

Author Biography

Leila Chalk nee Lejla Bosnjak is a lawyer and a cook. She is the child of two worlds, having been born in Australia, she grew up in Bosnia from 1986 till mid 1994. Her family, including our Chef, moved as refugees, mostly in camps, for the entirety of the war; Bosanksa Gradiska, Banja Luka, Zagreb, Novi Travnik, Travnik, Bugojno. In 1994, Leila and her immediate family escaped the war and lived in a detention camp in Varazdin, Croatia, for fifteen months. A further two years of international post refugee re-settlement dramas in Australia and Bosnia, before they finally settled in Melbourne, Australia, in late 1997. There, Leila studied, loved, laughed, cooked, and finally, wrote.
Release date Australia
April 9th, 2017
By (photographer) Andrew Chalk
148 Illustrations; Illustrations, color
Leila Chalk
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