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    How to Cook dishes from Ukraine

    Ukraine Ukraine is a nation with a strong agricultural traditon. Argicultural products such as berries, fruit, meat (especially pork), mushrooms, potatoes, and vegetables therefore form the basis of most Ukrainian dishes. Many dishes are flavored with herbs, and dishes are generally intended to be filling and served in large quantities. Ukrainian cuisine has been influenced by that of its neighbors', and influences from German cuisine, Polish cuisine, Russian cuisine, and Turkish cuisine, can all be detected.

    Popular Ukrainian recipes and dishes include:
    • Borscht - Beet soup. There are more than 30 different varieties of borscht eaten in the Ukraine.

    • Deruny - Potato pancakes stuffed with cottage cheese.

    • Holubtsi - Cabbage leaves stuffed with ground meat and rice, or millet.

    • Hrybivka - Mushroom soup. It is often served with vushka (triangular dumplings).

    • Kapustianyi - Salad made from sauerkraut or shredded fresh cabbage.

    • Kholodets - Jellied meat.

    • Kotlety - Fish or ground meat cutlets. They are sometimes rolled in bread crumbs before cooking.

    • Mlyntsi - Crêpes filled with caviar, cottage cheese, meat or fruit.

    • Oseledets - Pickled herring with onions, black pepper and sunflower oil.

    • Paska - A traditional bread, eaten at Ester. The dough contains butter, eggs and sugar as well as flour, and it is glazed with egg and water. Inside the bread is yellow and white, the yellow is said to represent Christ, and the white to represent the Holy Spirit.

    • Pliatsky - Potato pancakes served with sour cream.

    • Solyanka - A thick spicy sour soup. It can made from with meat, fish or mushrooms, and also contains pickled cucumbers, salty mushrooms, cabbage, smetana (sour cream), and dill.

      Solyanka with olives

    • Varenyky - Boiled dumplings filled with cabbage, cheese, potato or fruit.


    • Vesnianyi - Salad made from diced cucumbers and tomatoes with dill or parsley.

    • Vinihret - Salad made from red beetroot.

    • Yushka - A soup made from freshwater fish such as carp.

    • Zalyvne - Jellied fish.

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    Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine and Eastern Europe

    By Olia Hercules

    Weldon Owen
    Released: 2015-10-06
    Hardcover (240 pages)

    Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine and Eastern Europe
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    • Weldon Owen
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    A celebration of the food, flavors, and heritage of Eastern Europe—from the Black Sea to Baku, Kiev to Kazakhstan—Mamushka features over 100 recipes for fresh, delicious, and unexpected dishes from this dynamic yet underappreciated region. 

    Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for several years before moving to London and becoming a chef. In this gorgeous and deeply personal cookbook, she shares her favorite recipes from her home country with engaging and loving stories about her culinary upbringing and family traditions. 

    Featuring personality and panache, Mamushka showcases the cuisine from Ukraine and beyond, weaving together vibrant food with descriptive narratives and stunning lifestyle photography. From broths and soups to breads and pastries, vegetables and salads to meat and fish, dumplings and noodles to compotes and jams. You’ll also find some of Olia’s favorite dishes, like a Moldovan giant cheese twist and garlicky poussins, to sublime desserts such as apricot and sour cherry pie and a birthday sponge cake with ice cream, strawberries, and meringue.

    Including new flavor combinations, vibrant colors, seasonal ingredients and straightforward cooking techniques, Mamushka’s earthy dishes appeal to home chefs everywhere. Join Olia on this delicious and diverse culinary tour through Eastern Europe.

    Baba's Kitchen: Ukrainian Soul Food with Stories From the Village

    By Raisa Stone

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (384 pages)

    Baba s Kitchen: Ukrainian Soul Food with Stories From the Village
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    Top Three Ukrainian Cookbook & Cultural Book of 2016

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    In a rollicking, entertaining read, Baba's Kitchen will lead you into the complex soul of Eastern Europe's Indigenous people.

    Ukrainian-Canadian Raisa Marika Stohyn spent decades collecting outrageous stories and 190 Eastern European recipes from survivors of Soviet and Nazi terror, including her family. Raisa's narrator, Baba,is a composite of these invincible souls.

    Ukraine has been continuously inhabited by civilized, immensely inventive people for 44,000 years.

    For excerpts, video/audio clips and more, visit:

    Ukrainians: first tamed horses, invented pants (for riding!), the bow and arrow, built homes from mammoth bone & pyramids older than Egypt's, & created Europe's first democratic constitution.

    Shamanic practices that sparked the original werewolf and Amazon legends (the latter documented by Greek physician Hippocrates) combine with recipes & customs reaching back to the Neolithic era.


    Compared to erotic games in the village bath & shoplifting live turkeys in your bloomers, immigrant life is beyond boring. So Baba (Grandma) is brewing up Old Country customs in her kitchen.

    She'll teach you to make delicious Ukrainian dishes (plus simple folk remedies) the traditional & The Lazy Way, sabotage frenemies with garlic, & utter chilling Slavic curses such as, "May you be kicked by a duck!"

    Between tales of magical encounters with Nature spirits & steaming bowls of borshch is the true confession of the author's elderly neighbour: she murdered her abusive husband.

    Imagine a mouth watering Honey Onion Sauce that recalls competing with cave bears and wild bees, and the seductive magic of preparing sweet delights for the Apple Harvest Blessing.

    200 traditional Ukrainian recipes and home remedies, taught step by step as if grandma were at your side. In black & white text:

    • Borshch, including Vegetarian
    • Holubtsi (Cabbage Rolls)
    • Varenyky (Perogies)
    • Honey Cake
    • Makivnyk
    • Traditional Holiday recipes for Easter & Christmas
    • Kolach: Circle of Life Bread

    *Warning: 18+ Restricted*

    Wicked acts with honey and raspberries, pirates, cowboys, Kozaks, bald men, bad boys and mounted police officers. Be prepared for fish net, scuba divers, body painting, eye rolling & squealing.

    You'll laugh, you'll scream. By the time Baba is through, you'll wet someone else's pants!


    "Unique, funny, compelling & totally original. Baba is an amazing woman."~Jill McCaw, McCaw Media

    "I enjoy reading the stories as well as learning authentic Ukrainian dishes to cook for my family. I will be sharing these recipes with my daughters and teaching them how to cook too! A lovely book with something for everyone, you feel like Baba is turning the pages with you!"~Mattie Romanyshyn, Belfield, South Dakota

    "Hilarious book - made me laugh so much. Great Ukrainian recipes which reminded me of my Mum's cooking. Love the book."~Luba Ryder

    "I found many recipes that I had been searching for since my time in the Carpathians in 2010. The one I looked for the most was a mushroom soup that to my pleasant surprise was here. I have cooked for friends and family since I recieved the book and 4 people have loved it so much they have ordered copies of their own. The humor is Ukrainian and part of what made me fall in love with Ukraine since my first visit there."~Roberto Marquez, New Mexico

    Festive Ukrainian Cooking

    By Marta Pisetska Farley

    University of Pittsburgh Press
    Hardcover (240 pages)

    Festive Ukrainian Cooking
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    More than a cookbook, Festive Ukrainian Cooking is also a definitive account of traditional Ukrainian culture as perpetuated in family rituals and lovingly celebrated with elegantly prepared food and drink.

    Traditional Ukrainian Cuisine: My Wife's Recipes From Her Grandmother's Table

    By Doug Dockery

    Independently published
    Paperback (57 pages)

    Traditional Ukrainian Cuisine: My Wife s Recipes From Her Grandmother s Table
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    My wife, Olena, is from Ukraine. And through her, the spirit of Ukrainian cuisine is alive and well in our home. These recipes represent some of the traditional foods that she remembers eating at her late grandmother's, Nina Tyschenko (1934-2016), table. This book is a tribute to my wife's memory of her Babushka and the food she made. We hope you will enjoy the recipes.

    Ukrainian Food Cookbook: Traditional Ukrainian Recipes

    By Angela Grabwoski

    Released: 2016-02-06
    Kindle Edition (81 pages)

    Ukrainian Food Cookbook: Traditional Ukrainian Recipes
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    This book contains on how to make great tasting traditional Ukrainian food. Just like my relatives used to make! Simply Pick a Dish from the list, and follow the instructions. Amaze your friends and family with all the delicious food you can make. Thanks again for downloading this book, I hope you enjoy it!

    The New Ukrainian Cookbook

    By Annette Corona

    Brand: Hippocrene Books
    Hardcover (270 pages)

    The New Ukrainian Cookbook
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    This cookbook introduces readers to the fresh foods, exquisite tastes, hospitality and generous spirit of the Ukrainian table with more than 200 easy-to-follow recipes. Winner of the 2012 Gourmand Cookbook Award for Best Eastern European Cookbook.

    Cabbage Rolls (Famous Ukrainian Recipes)

    By Oksana Vitruk

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (36 pages)

    Cabbage Rolls (Famous Ukrainian Recipes)
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    Cabbage rolls are one of the most popular and favorite dishes in Ukraine and many other countries around the world. This book is a step-by-step recipe guide with pictures of each step. This recipe guide would be good for beginners and those with experience who wants to try something new. Enjoy!

    Lite Ukrainian Cooking

    By Evelyn J. Biluk

    Evelyn J. Biluk
    Released: 2014-04-27
    Kindle Edition (28 pages)

    Lite Ukrainian Cooking
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    A lighter version of easy to make authentic, Ukrainian recipes from my mother’s kitchen are assembled in this ebook. Recipes include salads, soups, entrees and desserts such as borscht (beet soup), potato filled perogies, cabbage rolls, stuffed beet leaves, sour cream cucumber salad, Ukrainian sausage, kutya, meatballs, poppy seed cake and many more. Each recipe is accompanied with a color photo.

    Ukrainian Recipes

    By Joanne Asala

    Penfield Press
    Spiral-bound (160 pages)

    Ukrainian Recipes
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    This spiral-bound index card size book contains dozens of traditional recipes from Ukrainian-American kitchens. Makes a great gift or "stocking stuffer" for friends and relatives.

    Features authentic recipes plus illustrations of egg designs from Luba Perchyshyn of the Ukrainian Gift Shop, Inc., located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recipes include hot punch, vanilla babka, fresh tomato and melon soup, braised carrots with scallions, meat pies with butter and onion sauce, and sour cream cheesecake. Also included are menus for Christmas and weddings.

    Christmas Bread with Honey p. 114

    Christmas bread is usually made with buckwheat honey, which gives it its strong taste and dark color. This recipe makes one large loaf.
    2 1/2 cups honey
    8 eggs (at room temperature)
    3/4 stick butter, softened
    2 cups sugar
    6 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1 tablespoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon nutmeg
    grated peel and juice of 1 orange
    1 cup strong, black coffee
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup walnuts (optional)

    In a small saucepan, heat honey to boiling. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Separate eggs, reserving the whites. Beat the yolks and butter together until fluffy. Add the cooled honey and sugar and continue beating. Sift together the dry ingredients and add to the honey mixture. Add the orange peel and juice, coffee, and sour cream. Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into the batter a little at a time. Stir in the nuts. Pour into a greased and floured bread pan and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Do not open the oven door during the first half of baking. Cool on wire racks. The bread may be wrapped in aluminum foil and stored for several weeks.

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