Baba’s Kitchen will lead you into the complex soul of Eastern Europe’s Indigenous people. Ukrainian-Canadian Raisa Stohyn spent decades collecting outrageous stories and 190 Eastern European recipes from survivors of Soviet and Nazi terror, including her family. Raisa’s narrator, Baba, is a composite of these invincible souls.
She’ll teach you to make delicious Ukrainian dishes (plus simple folk remedies) the traditional & The Lazy Way, sabotage frenemies with garlic, & utter chilling Slavic curses such as, “May you be kicked by a duck!” Between tales of magical encounters with Nature spirits & steaming bowls of borshch is the true confession of the author’s elderly neighbour: she murdered her abusive husband.
Not only a recipe book, the pages contain stories, myths, & animistic paganism. Ukraine has been continuously inhabited by civilized, immensely inventive people for 44,000 years. Shamanic practices sparked the original werewolf & Amazon legends (the latter documented by Greek physician Hippocrates) combined with recipes & customs reaching back to the Neolithic era.