BUDMO! Recipes from a Ukrainian Kitchen

Rizzoli. Sept. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9780847872565. $39.95. COOKING
At the age of 21, Voloshyna emigrated from Ukraine to the United States, where she became a food stylist and photographer and started pop-up dinners to share food traditions from her childhood. The wild success of her cooking led to this debut cookbook, which is an informative and delicious glimpse into her culinary memories. It is rich with history and descriptions of present-day culture that define the influences on Ukraine and its Eastern European neighbors. Dishes are traditional and cover a variety of soups, kashas, and mains as well as breads, crepes, and dumplings. The introductions to each include recipe pairings, food origins, and customs surrounding the dish. Helpful notes have variations and tips to make recipes practical for weeknight preparation. Voloshyna also includes a language primer and a list of her pantry staples. Her photographs convey the rustic warmth and beauty of her Ukrainian cooking.
VERDICT This timely cookbook is strongly recommended and provides a balance of the cultural history of Ukraine and Eastern Europe with the warmth and love found in Voloshyna’s delicious recipes.
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