Olia Hercules, author of the award-winning Mamushka and Kaukasis cookbooks, owes some of her earliest and fondest memories to the 'summer kitchens' of her parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends in Ukraine. These small buildings are positioned a small distance from the main house, near a fruit plot or veg patch, where they offer an oasis of cool in the relentless summer heat. As temperatures rise, Ukrainian families traditionally transfer their pots, pans and pickling jars - as well as all of their energy - to their summer kitchen. This airy space becomes a hive of cooking activity as home-grown produce ripens, and a tiny pickling and preserving factory gets to work in preparation for winter. The number of summer kitchens is dwindling these days, but the traditions of pickling and eating seasonally are more relevant and exciting than ever. Summer Kitchens contains recipes such as Borsch with duck and smoked pears, Burnt aubergine butter and tomato toast, Pickled cabbage leaves with beetroot and Rhubarb buns. With delicious food and travel photography from all over Ukraine, interspersed with stories and memories of these tiny buildings, this book will transport you to idyllic summer kitchens past and present.
Traditions are saved and age-old skills are passed over in this book of authentic Italian family recipes. Derived from the popular YouTube channel of the same name.