The Authentic Ukrainian Kitchen: Recipes from a Native Chef (Hardcover)

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Celebrate Ukraine’s independent spirit and unique culture in 100 recipes from the “powerhouse” chef “on the frontlines of defending democracy” (José Andrés, World Central Kitchen).

Now, more than ever, Ukrainian cuisine and culture deserve to be known around the world. Here, Yevhen Klopotenko shares modern recipes for the dishes that best express Ukraine’s unique culinary heritage and define the independent spirit of its people.

Inside you’ll find fresh ideas about how to use common vegetables, new approaches to fermentation and pickling, the delight of dumplings and simple baked goods, hearty long-simmered braises, and the pleasure of babka, torte, candied fruit, and so much more.

Klopotenko is Ukraine’s most internationally celebrated chef, and these recipes are the result of years of research into regional Ukrainian cooking. He has peeled back layers of propaganda to identify true Ukrainian cuisine, shaped by tradition, geography, and agriculture. Known as the “breadbasket of Europe,” Ukraine’s beloved dishes include:
  • Borsch, the national treasure, and its many variations
  • Pampushky, easy garlic bread rolls
  • Varenyky, dumplings stuffed with sweet or savory fillings
  • Deruny, fried potato pancakes
  • Sweet and savory breakfasts, simple salads and dips, and hearty braises
  • Lviv-style cheesecake, nut torte, and many more desserts
But this cookbook is about more than the food: It stands for the preservation of a culture under threat and the independence of people under attack.

About the Author

Yevhen Klopotenko is Ukraine’s most popular chef, as well as a restaurateur, cookbook author, and social activist. He is known for promoting authentic Ukrainian cuisine around the world, and for changing Ukrainian school catering to educate children about Ukrainian culinary traditions and heritage. Klopotenko is a winner of MasterChef Ukraine and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, and has been named to the “50 Next” list of rising global culinary talent. Now he is devoting efforts to humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Born in Kyiv, he studied at the Kyiv University of Economics and Law and has worked in the United State, United Kingdom, and Europe.

Praise For…

“Yevhen is a powerhouse: You can feel his presence when he walks in the room. He is one of the chefs who is not only feeding the few at his restaurant, he is feeding the many of Ukraine. The recipes in this book are the recipes of the people, by a man who is on the frontlines of defending democracy.”—Chef José Andrés, Founder of World Central Kitchen

“Today more than ever the world needs to learn about Ukraine, and what better way to do so than through the country’s delicious food. These recipes are a brilliant introduction to the classics as well as regional gems, with a perfect balance of personal and historical insight. This book will take its prideful place on my bookshelf next to other wonderful Ukrainian titles from Olia Hercules and Anna Voloshyna.”—Alissa Timoshkina, author of Salt and Time and co-founder of the #cookforukraine campaign

"Chef Yevhen Klopotenko aims to bring 'real Ukrainian cuisine out of hiding' with this treasury of 100 recipes."—Epicurious

"With one of the country's most beloved chefs as your guide, let this book introduce you to the comforting, flavorful dishes of Ukraine's regional cooking."—Food & Wine

"MasterChef Ukraine winner and restaurateur Klopotenko celebrates Ukrainian cuisine both old and restrictive, with rules against using herbs and spices other than salt and pepper, and modern and innovative, in which borsch and rye bread take on new forms and flavors."—Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316559393
ISBN-10: 0316559393
Publisher: Voracious
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English