An exploration into the culinary identity of eastern Europe through stunning food and travel photography, interspersed with stories and memories of tiny buildings called summer kitchens. In this new cookbook from award-winning author Olia Hercules, explore the diversity of Ukraine's cuisine and heritage through the alluring window of summer kitchens--small structures alongside the main house where people cook and preserve summer fruits and vegetables for the winter months. Featuring 100 superb recipes, a gorgeous collection of food and lifestyle images, and evocative personal narrative, Hercules illustrates how the region's cuisine varies as much as the landscapes, climate, and produce through her travels to the Carpathians, the Black Sea, the shores of the Danube and Dnieper, and her native land.
About the Author
Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for 5 years before moving to London to study a BA in Italian language, followed by an MA in Russian and English. She then decided to train as a chef at Leith's School of Food and Wine. She kicked off her culinary career working at London's Union Market before becoming chef-de-partie for Ottolenghi's. She has since gained national and international recognition for her culinary prowess and engaging personality and is a highly regarded chef, food stylist, and writer. Olia has appeared on The Food Network, launched an online startup (The Recipe Kit), contributes articles and video to the Guardian, which recently named her a Rising Star of 2015, and authored the critically acclaimed cookbook Mamushka. Find out more about Olia at oliahercules.com.