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The history, culture, and food of Georgia: Five essential reads

Is Georgia on your mind? A land of breathtaking landscapes, mouthwatering cuisine, and a rich history that stretches back millennia. If you’re looking to delve into the fascinating world of this enchanting country, what better way than through the pages of a good book? We have picked five of the best reads (all available in English) that cover the history, politics, and even the tantalising food of this amazing country.

Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, a food lover, these five books offer a delightful glimpse into the rich tapestry of Georgian culture.

The Making of the Georgian Nation, by Ronald Grigor Suny

Prepare to be captivated by this comprehensive masterpiece that traces the origins of the Georgian nation. Ronald Grigor Suny, a distinguished historian, weaves together a compelling narrative that explores the complex interplay of culture, religion, and politics. From the ancient kingdoms to the Soviet era and beyond, this book offers a deep understanding of Georgia’s national identity.

Georgia: A Cultural Journey through the Wardrop Collection, by Nikoloz Aleksidze

Step into the world of art and culture with this visually stunning book. Nikoloz Aleksidze takes us on a journey through the Wardrop Collection, a treasure trove of Georgian artifacts and manuscripts. With exquisite illustrations and insightful commentary, this book offers a glimpse into the rich artistic heritage of Georgia, from illuminated manuscripts to vibrant folk art.

Georgia: In the Mountains of Poetry, by Peter Nasmyth

Prepare to be enchanted by the lyrical prose of Peter Nasmyth as he takes you on a poetic journey through the heart of Georgia. Nasmyth’s deep love for the country shines through as he explores its landscapes, traditions, and people. From the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus to the ancient monasteries, this book is a love letter to Georgia.

Georgia: A Political History Since Independence, by Stephen F. Jones

For those seeking a deeper understanding of Georgia’s political landscape, look no further than Stephen F. Jones’ insightful book. Jones, a renowned scholar, delves into the tumultuous history of Georgia since its independence from the Soviet Union. From the Rose Revolution to the challenges of nation-building, this book offers a nuanced analysis of Georgia’s political evolution.

The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia, by Darra Goldstein

No exploration of Georgia would be complete without savouring its delectable cuisine. Darra Goldstein’s mouthwatering book takes you on a culinary adventure through the flavours and traditions of Georgian food. From the iconic khachapuri to the fragrant spices of khinkali, this book is a feast for the senses, complete with recipes that will transport you to the Georgian table.

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