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Celebrate the rich culture of Ukrainian cuisine with these traditional Eastern European recipes infused with a fresh, contemporary approach for today’s home kitchen, from one of today’s most exciting young chefs of Ukrainian cuisine.
With its emphasis on fresh ingredients, time-honored heritage, and warm hospitality, Eastern European cuisine is having a culinary moment, in addition to Ukraine being of great current interest.
Meaning “cheers!” in Ukrainian, Budmo! is the first cookbook to celebrate classic Eastern European recipes with a modern, creative twist. Presented by Ukrainian-born, California-based chef, blogger, and culinary instructor Anna Voloshyna, bright flavors and vibrant ingredients sing from each plate. A gorgeous magenta pkhali comes alive with roasted beets and a tangy pomegranate molasses. Borscht is reinvented with green sorrels and semi-soft eggs. And Voloshyna even shares a personal recipe for her Ukrainian grandmother’s duck—roasted to a delicious crispy-brown perfection. These are the dishes that are perfect for gathering your favorite people with, and each one is bound to uncover the mouthwatering flavors and traditions of this endlessly fascinating part of the world.
About the Author
Anna Voloshyna was born in southern Ukraine in 1990 and relocated to the United States in 2011. She is a chef, blogger, and culinary instructor who translates Eastern European cuisine and flavors into approachable dishes for the modern home cook, and is particularly known for her wildly successful pop-up dinners and workshops. She resides with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"While all these books were written by expats in the U.S. and U.K. and went to press before the Ukraine conflict began, the backdrop of that struggle is now inescapable. “Taking away our food and turning it into one big gray mass has always been one of the ways the Soviets tried to control our people, so it really does feel more urgent than ever to protect our voice and culinary culture,” said Anna Voloshyna, the San Francisco chef and author of “Budmo: Recipes from a Ukrainian Kitchen” (October, Rizzoli). Recipes like dark cherry varenyky honor those traditions, but after more than a decade of living in California, Ms. Voloshyna is also excited to share dishes like a golden beet and pickled onion riff on Ukrainian vinegret salad that reflects the bounty of her adopted home." —WALL STREET JOURNAL
"No one went to restaurants after the collapse of the USSR in 1991 because there weren’t any, writes San Francisco-based food writer Anna Voloshyna, who was born and raised in the Ukraine. Even so, Ukrainian home cooks churned out restaurant-caliber recipes, such as pickled mussels, green sorrel borscht, and khachapuri. In a jam-packed introduction, Voloshyna summarizes the country’s complicated history and provides a handy pantry section and glossary. “Budmo!” means “cheers!’ in Ukrainian, yet the direct translation means “let us be,” a phrase that has deeper meaning with the ongoing war in Ukraine." —PLATE MAGAZINE
"Summer preview: Budmo!, meaning "cheers” in Ukrainian, is an innovative approach to classic Eastern European cooking. Ukrainian-born, California-based chef, blogger, and culinary instructor Anna Voloshyna hones in on the fresh ingredients, time-honored heritage, and warm hospitality that define Ukrainian cuisine. She’s an expert in taking the dishes she grew up with to their modern iteration, reinventing borscht with green sorrels and semi-soft eggs or turning pkhali magenta with roasted beets and a tangy pomegranate molasses." —THRILLIST
"Fall Cookbook Roundup: Ukrainian-born California chef and blogger Anna Voloshyna shares Eastern European recipes featuring seasonal ingredients—think borscht fortified with green sorrel and soft eggs—all made welcoming and foolproof for the modern home cook." —EPICURIOUS
". . .a love letter to Eastern European food, especially that of Ukraine." —7X7