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'This is a game-changer of a book.' - The Sunday Times
'...a joyful celebration of Eastern European cooking' - Observer
'My present to myself: not to be played with until my own writing is done!' - Nigella Lawson
'Exotic, earthy dishes, vibrant colours, big flavours. This is real cooking, written about with so much love' - Diana Henry
'From stuffed cabbage leaves to garlicky poussins, Olia Hercules's recipes are redolent of long summers in her mother's Ukrainian garden; rich, nourishing and enhanced by her stint as an Ottolenghi chef' - Observer Food Monthly
...a beautiful, fascinating and sumptuous tome. - Tom Parker Bowles
'There's something wonderful about food writer Olia Hercules' - The Telegraph
'The hottest new voice in food' - delicious. Magazine
'she will enchant your kitchen' - Grazia
Debut cookbook from the Observer's Rising Star in Food Award 2015, Mamushka is a celebration of the food and flavours of Ukraine and the "Wild East", with over 100 recipes for fresh, flavourful and unexpected dishes from across the region. From the Moldovan giant cheese twist and Ukrainian buns with potatoes & shallots to Garlicky Georgian poussins with spicy plum chutney and Armenian pickled wet garlic; to Napoleon cake, Wasp nest buns and Apricot & sour cherry pie. To top it off, why not enjoy a digestif of Winter punch or Blackcurrant vodka?
Born and raised in southern Ukraine, Hercules was surprised to learn that many Westerners viewed the region as cold, gray, and bleak. In this cookbook, she sets the record straight, offering dozens of recipes that illustrate the culinary depth and breadth of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. She showcases classics and explains how cuisines from neighboring (and distant) countries have influenced the region. Though readers may find some of their expectations realized the first recipe is for borscht, the famous Ukrainian beet broth, and there are plenty of beets and pickles Hercules makes a strong case for re-examining one's preconceptions, with dishes such as kyufta, an Armenian soup with lamb and prune meatballs, and nutty meringue noodles, a dish that keeps the crunch of baked meringue with baked noodles and chopped nuts. Approachable riffs on the familiar including zapinkanka, a dessert falling somewhere between a pound cake and a cheesecake, and Ukrainian gnocchi, a dish that calls for saucing cheesy gnocchi with sour cream and maple syrup act as entry points for culinary adventurers. Artfully photographed and buoyed by Hercules's enthusiasm for the region and culture, this is a thoughtful and welcome diversion for foodies of all tastes.