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Summer Kitchens: Recipes and Reminiscences from Every Corner of Ukraine (Hardcover)

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Olia Hercules, Summer Kitchens, is more than a celebration of summer's bounty, it's a tribute to the collective culture of the diverse people that call Ukraine home.  Through Hercules's recipes and story telling, Ukraine is revealed as a country with an ecologically rich terrain and a history marked by overcoming hardship.  The recipes she shares are at times easily overlooked for their simplicity, such as fermented baked milk, turnip salad and beet tops, but the stories she shares about their history and symbolism in Ukraine's evolution as a nation make this collection of recipes particularly felicitous despite publication in 2020.  


Broken into sections including ferments, breakfasts, soups, breads, vegetables, meats and desserts, the reader is treated to a sampling of dishes to be served throughout the seasons and an education in traditional methods of preserving, baking and serving dishes.  I'll certainly be making tomato mulberry salad, fermented apples in pumpkin mash, borscht with duck and smoked pears and flourless poppyseed cake as the garden gives and the year unfolds.  This heartwarming tribute to a culture once again threatened, gives context and hope for the resilience of the Ukrainian people

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An exploration into the culinary identity of eastern Europe through stunning food and travel photography, interspersed with stories and memories of tiny buildings called summer kitchens.

In this new cookbook from award-winning author Olia Hercules, explore the diversity of Ukraine’s cuisine and heritage through the alluring window of summer kitchens—small structures alongside the main house where people cook and preserve summer fruits and vegetables for the winter months. Featuring 100 superb recipes, a gorgeous collection of food and lifestyle images, and evocative personal narrative, Hercules illustrates how the region’s cuisine varies as much as the landscapes, climate, and produce. 


About the Author

Olia Hercules trained at the renowned Leiths School of Food and Wine and in 2015 published Mamushka, winner of the Fortnum and Mason Award for best debut cookbook 2016. Her second cookbook, Kaukasis: A Culinary Journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan and Beyond, was published in 2017.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781681885704
ISBN-10: 1681885700
Publisher: Weldon Owen
Publication Date: July 14th, 2020
Pages: 352
Language: English