Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine and Eastern Europe
A festival of the food, flavors, and legacy of Eastern Europe—from the Black Sea to Baku, Kiev to Kazakhstan—Mamushka includes more than 100 plans for new, scrumptious, and unforeseen dishes from this dynamic yet undervalued locale.
Olia Hercules was conceived in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for quite a long while before moving to London and turning into a culinary specialist. In this beautiful and profoundly close to home cookbook, she shares her preferred plans from her nation of origin with drawing in and cherishing anecdotes about her culinary childhood and family customs.
About the Author
Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for 5 years before moving to London to study a BA in Italian language, followed by an MA in Russian and English.She then decided to train as a chef at Leith’s School of Food and Wine. She kicked off her culinary career working at London’s Union Market before becoming chef-de-partie for Ottolenghi’s. She has since gained national and international recognition for her culinary prowess and engaging personality and is a highly regarded chef, food stylist, and writer. Olia has appeared on The Food Network, launched an online startup (The Recipe Kit), and contributes articles and video to the Guardian, which recently named her a Rising Star of 2015. Find out more about Olia at oliahercules.com.
Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for 5 years before moving to London to study a BA in Italian language, followed by an MA in Russian and English.
Finding a cookbook that reflects the recipes I remember from my childhood in Ukraine has been a huge challenge. It's tricky because I wasn't looking for an authentic Ukrainian cookbook and I wasn't looking for an eclectic Soviet cookbook (although Please to the Table is a huge and wonderful compilation if that's what you want). I wanted something that does a bit of both, and specifically, I wanted something that had reliable measurements for traditional doughs. Do you know how impossible it is to find a recipe for dough like grandma used to make when grandmas never write their recipes down AND there's a language barrier AND you grew up using imperial units and making pretty much exclusively baking-soda leavened sheet cakes? It was nigh impossible, until I found Mamushka. It's worth it for those alone. But it has more: recipes for fermented vegetables, seasonal dishes from Ukraine, and a smattering of recipes that reflect the cuisine of other ethnic groups that made their way into Ukrainian kitchens by way of history and Soviet osmosis. This is the authentic Ukrainian cooking I recognize and what I've been looking for for years. It's a beautiful book, lovingly put together and wonderful to read. I'm so happy to have finally found this book.-Silka
This is a well written and beautifully photographed cookbook, but in addition to being pleasurable to read and lovely to look at it contains fabulous recipes. The food is authentic, but approachable and the flavors are unbeatable. So far I've made her recipe for red borsch, the chicken soup, the porcini soup, Varenyky, Manty, (both dumplings) wasp nest buns, the Moldovan flatbreads and Pampushky (both breads: one flat and one yeasted). All of them turned out amazing and are on their way to becoming classic favorites in our household. Olia Hercules herself is a wonderful, warm lover of food and her connection to these recipes comes across in this book. It is clear that this, for her, was a labor of love. If you grew up eating food from any of the regions she represents in Mamushka, if you are an adventurous cook, if you are a lover of good food and good recipes----buy this book! I've gotten copies for many friends and family members so far. It's really an amazing text and deserves its place at the top of all of the "Best of 2015" cookbook lists this past year.-Eleeze
You know a Ukrainian cookbook is good when it is "borrowed" (and not returned) by your newly married Ukrainian friend. I'm actually rebuying for myself. The recipes I cooked I tested on the Ukrainian diaspora here in Chicago. I heard "molodetz" and "Vkusnyashka". So this cookbook is great. I love the format, the size is great for reading and cooking and the cover on its own is a work of art. Having been to Ukraine and Russia, I'm always on a quest to recreate the home made dishes I had on my travels. Thank you Olia for this lovely cookbook!-T. Vhazuck