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Central & Eastern European Cooking

 

Regional Books

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Chamberlain, Lesley and Trish Davies
70 Classic Recipes from Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia & Slovenia
Traditional food from the Balkans
 
Chamberlain, Lesley
The Food and Cooking of Eastern Europe
2006 reprint of a classic from 1989.
 
 
Polvay, Marina
All Along the Danube: Recipes from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria
TX723.5.A1 P64 1992x
This Hippocrene title includes a special chapter, "Christmas Along the Danube," which covers each country's holiday specialties.
 
The Practical Encyclopedia of East European Cooking: the Definitive Collection of Traditional Recipes, from the Baltic to the Black Sea
This well illustrated volume has had part of its content republished as The Balkan Cookbook: Traditional Cooking from Romania, Bulgaria and the Balkan Countries and From Stroganoff to Strudel: Great Traditional Cooking from Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. "Full color maps and introductions outline the history, unusual ingredients and flavors of each of these classic cuisines."
 
Rowe, Silvena
The Eastern and Central European Kitchen: Contemporary & Classic Recipes
TX723.5.A1 R69 2007x
The author was born and raised in Bulgaria and now lives in London. The countries surrounding the Black Sea and the Balkans are well represented in the recipes and the photos are interesting.
 

Regional Websites

  • Balkan Cuisine
    Balkan Cuisine is a blog with Balkan dishes from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.

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Bulgarian

Selected Books

For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subject: Cooking, Bulgarian.

Slavov, Atanas, 1930-
Traditional Bulgarian Cooking
TX723.5.B8 S564 1998
Bulgarian home cooking is characterised by a blend of South Slav and strong Turkish influences, within the framework of the great Mediterranean culinary tradition. Yogurt is an ingredient in many dishes.
 
 

Croatian

For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subject: Cooking, Croatian

Web Sites

 

Czech

Selected Books

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Trnka, Peter
The Best of Czech Cooking
TX723.5.C9 T76 1996
 

Web Sites

 

German

Selected Books

For library books browse Cooking, German.

Anderson, Jean and Hedy Würz
The New German Cookbook: More than 230 Contemporary and Traditional Recipes
TX721 .A62 1993
With explanations of ingredients, clear instructions, and evocative introductions to the recipes, the cooking of today's Germany is illuminated for American cooks. Includes traditional recipes as well.
 
Hamm, Birgit and Linn Schmidt
Grandma's German Cookbook (Heimwehküche)
TX721.H3613 2012x
Hamm and Schmidt are two women who live in Hamburg, Germany and decided to collect traditional recipes from their childhood (and from their friends' childhoods) and so it all led back to grandmothers.
 
Culinaria Germany
This series from the German publisher Könemann (now Ullmann) highlights the foodstuffs of countries from around the world. They are always interesting to browse through and well-photographed. They are great books to peruse before you visit the country.
 
Heberle, Marianna Olszewska
German Cooking
TX721.H43 1996
Savory German cuisine is made lighter and easier for today's busy cook. Much more than sausage and sauerkraut, German Cooking combines traditional recipes with lighter dishes that reflect contemporary German lifestyle.
 
Staib, Walter
Black Forest Cuisine: the Classic Blending of European Flavors
TX721.S73 2006x
In Black Forest Cuisine, Philadelphia chef and cookbook author Walter Staib takes home-chefs on a mouth-watering tour of the culinary treasures found in his native homeland, the Schwarzwald nestled in Southwestern Germany. And yes, there is even a recipe for Black Forest Cake.
 

Websites

 

Hungarian

Books

For additional library books browse Cooking, Hungarian.

Gergely, Aniko
Culinaria Hungary
This series from the German publisher Könemann (now Ullmann) highlights the foodstuffs of countries from around the world. They are always interesting to browse through and well-photographed. They are great books to peruse before you visit the country.
 
Gundel, Károly, 1883-1956
Gundel's Hungarian Cookbook
TX723.5.H8 G813 1988x
Recipes from the Gundel Restaurant, one of the most famous restaurants in Budapest.
 
Lang, George
The Cuisine of Hungary
TX723.5.H8 L3 1982
This is a classic "Bible" of Hungarian cooking in English, first published in 1971.
 

Web Sites

 

Lithuanian

For library books browse Cooking, Lithuanian.

Websites

 

Polish

For additional library books browse Cooking, Polish.

Selected Books

Baruch, Michael J.
The New Polish Cuisine
TX723.5.P6 B37 2002x
Baruch is a native of Chicago and has reinvented beloved Polish dishes from his childhood for the American palate. Included are chapters on kanapki and zakaski (appetizers), mushrooms, pierogis dumplings and noodles, and nalesniki (savory stuffed crepes).
 
Knab, Sophie Hodorowicz
The Polish Country Kitchen Cookbook
TX723.5.P55 K53 2002
Arranged according to the cycle of seasons, this cookbook explores life in the Polish countryside through the year, with recipes for potato dishes in fall when they are freshest, cucumber specialties in summer when they are plentiful, and buckwheat groats in winter when other staples are not available.
 
Michalik, Ewa
The Food and Cooking of Poland: Traditions, Ingredients, Tastes, Techniques, Over 60 Classic Recipes
This is a nice glossy book with a photograph of every recipe, often necessary when one is not familiar with the dishes. It begins with an overview of Poland and its history, a description of Polish cuisine and food habits, a list of festivals and celebrations and a section on classic ingredients. Included are recipes for various dumplings (pierogi), soups, carp, hunter's stew (bigos), stuffed cabbage rolls (golabki), kasha, poppy seed roll, and more.
 

Websites

 

Romanian

For additional titles browse the library catalog under the subject: Cooking, Romanian.

Taste of Romania
Klepper, Nicolae
Taste of Romania Its Cookery and Glimpses of its History, Folklore, Art, Literature, and Poetry
TX723.5.R8 K58 1990
This comprehensive and well-organised guide to Romanian cuisine contains recipes for many classic favourites including mamaliga, a polenta-style cornmeal, Eggplant Salad, Fish Zacuscz, Mititei Sausages (The Wee Ones), and Pan-fried Pork with Polenta.
 
 
Sperber, Galia
The Art of Romanian Cooking
TX723.5.R8 S64 2002
Sperber recalls the foods of her youth in Romania, dishes her grandmother made.
 

Websites

  • Saveur: Eternal Terrain: Transylvania
    Alexander Lobrano explores the ancient ways of living and eating thrive in the Transylvanian countryside. There is also recipes for a Transylvania Dinner with Romanian Polenta with Sour Cream, Pork-and-Rice Meatball Soup, and Chicken with Paprika.
 

Russian

Selected Books

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Chamberlain, Lesley
The Food and Cooking of Russia
TX 723.3 .C47 1983x
Lesley Chamberlain lived in Soviet Russia in 1978–79 and recorded her experiences in the form of two hundred recipes interwoven with details of Russian culture and history and her own practical advice. This fine collection of recipes and entertaining literary quotations has become a classic introduction to the rich culinary history of the region.
 
Culinaria Russia: Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan
This series from the German publisher Könemann (now Ullmann) highlights the foodstuffs of countries from around the world. They are always interesting to browse through and well-photographed. They are great books to peruse before you visit the country.
 
Food in Russian History and Culture
GT2853.R8 F66 1997
Edited by Musya Glants and Joyce Toomre
A collection of articles on the role of food in Russian history.
 
Jones, Catherine Cheremeteff
A Year of Russian Feasts
TX723.3.J66 2002x
Equal parts travel memoir and cookbook, A Year of Russian Feasts combines Catherine Jones's warm, insightful writing style with her sensitive approach to discovering her family's heritage and its cuisine.
 
Kropotkin, Alexandra
The Best of Russian Cooking
TX723.3 .K7 1993x
 
Toomre, Joyce Stetson
Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' A Gift to Young Housewives
TX723.3 .T66 1992
First published in 1861, this Bible of Russian homemakers offered not only a compendium of recipes, but also instructions about such matters as setting up a kitchen, managing servants, shopping, and proper winter storage.
 
Visson, Lynn
The Russian Heritage Cookbook: A culinary tradition preserved in 360 authentic recipes
TX723.3.V55 2004x
This new version of Visson's cookbook includes recipes from contemporary Russia.
 
Von Bremzen, Anya
Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook
TX723.3.V66 1990
This cookbook is a collection of recipes from the many regions that made up the Soviet Union.
 

Web Sites

  • Recipe Source: Russian Recipes
    these are 107 recipes submitted by readers to the Berkeley database
  • RusCuisine
    RusCuisine is a website designed by Olga & Yura Timokhin to help anyone to learn more about Russian cuisine, Russian history, traditions and Russian people.
  • Russian Foods.com
    This commercial web site includes some recipes but also offers interesting cooking utensils, like a pelmeni pot and pelmeni molds.
 

Serbian

Serbia was part of the former Yugoslavia and its cuisine is influenced by Turkish, Greek, Hungarian and Austrian cuisines.

Books

Browse the library catalog under the subject: Cooking, Serbian

Web Sites

  • Wikipedia: Serbian Cuisine
    Includes a description of the foods and food habits of Serbia, including some of the characteristic dishes, many of which are also common to the other countries of former Yugoslavia.
 

Slovak

Selected Books

For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subject: Cooking, Slovak

Gálová-Lorinc, Sylvia.
The Best of Slovak Cooking
TX723.5.S6 G35 2000
Along with the preparation of certain staples, such as potatoes, cabbage and noodles, Slovak cuisine is also noted for its pastries, rich butter and cream dishes, and pork specialities.
 

Web Sites

 

Slovenian

Selected Books

For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subject: Cooking, Slovenian.

Milhench, Heike
Flavors of Slovenia: Food and Wine from Central Europe's Hidden Gem
TX723.5.S6 M44 2007
Hippocrene publishes many books on lesser known cuisines, including this one.
 

Web Sites and Articles

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Ukrainian

Selected Books

For library books browse Cooking, Ukrainian.

Birchard, Tom
The Veselka Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from the Landmark Restaurant in New York's East Village
TX723.3.B523 2009
Veselka labels itself as "Ukrainian soul food in the heart of the East Village" and offers Ukrainian and American specialties. You'll find Kielbasa, pierogies, and borscht as well as macaroni and cheese.
 
Farley, Marta Pisetska
Festive Ukrainian Cooking
TX723.3 .F37 1990
This classic from the University of Pittsburgh Press highlights the various festivals common to Ukraine and the foods that celebrate them.
 
 

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