Summer Kitchens – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our giveaway to win one of three copies of Summer Kitchens: Recipes and Reminiscences from Every Corner of Ukraine by Olia Hercules open to US members and EYB is providing one additional copy worldwide.

Olia Hercules’ Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine & Beyond and Kaukasis: The Cookbook: A Culinary Journey Through Georgia, Azerbaijan & Beyond are beautiful books that received critical acclaim. Mamushka won the prestigious Fortnum and Mason Award for best debut cookbook 2016

Summer Kitchens isn’t a book that contains recipes to be made and eaten in the summer. Instead, it is about a special place called the litnya kuhnia or summer kitchen. A separate one-room brick structure located near the fruit and vegetable gardens of her childhood home was a magical place. All summer long, her family would cook and eat in this place, and sometimes it was used for bigger feasts during winter festivities. Summer kitchens have become a thing of the past but in this gorgeous book, Olia brings the experience of this disappearing place to us.

Chapters are organized as follows: fermenting, pickling and preserving; breakfasts and bites; broths and soups; bread, pasta, and dumplings; vegetables; meat and fish; and ending with cakes, desserts, and pastries.

Summer Kitchens is a stunning trip to Ukraine that is unique and something to be treasured. My feelings toward this book are similar to those I have for Carpathia, A Table for Friends, and Bitter Honey. These titles are adventures that bring calmness and inspiration and give us a reprieve from this rollercoaster of life.

Our EYBDPreviewButton takes you inside this beautiful book and features the following EYBD Recipe Button

Special thanks to Weldon Owen for providing three copies of Summer Kitchens in our giveaway open to US (EYB is providing a fourth copy worldwide). Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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195 Comments

  • riley  on  July 24, 2020

    Cucumber, yoghurt and nutmeg

  • Kristjudy  on  July 24, 2020

    Chili paste

  • dbielick  on  July 24, 2020

    Transcarpathian buns with mushrooms

  • JRumi  on  July 24, 2020

    Pot roast chicken cooked with herby creme fraiche

  • JulieQC  on  July 24, 2020

    Young garlic scapes in butter

  • lene  on  July 24, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • Becky46  on  July 24, 2020

    The Poppyseed cake with elderflower and strawberries sounds like a perfect summer dream!

  • paulbroyles  on  July 24, 2020

    Potato cakes with bean and feta paste

  • peachy  on  July 24, 2020

    Barley, bean and mushroom casserole

  • ravensfan  on  July 24, 2020

    Braised ox tongue

  • mcrimmins  on  July 24, 2020

    I’ve always wanted to make pickled watermelon.

  • ccav  on  July 24, 2020

    Raw turnip and scallion salad with yoghurt dressing

  • hbakke  on  July 24, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • sarahawker  on  July 24, 2020

    Transcarpathian buns with mushrooms

  • miggsy  on  July 24, 2020

    Beetroot and horseradish

  • Shelmar  on  July 24, 2020

    Vegetable casserole

  • Vanderpham  on  July 24, 2020

    Sour aubergine with mint and chilli

  • kendrahaha  on  July 24, 2020

    Since I’m currently in the process of making sourdough starter, I’d have to try the Sourdough Garlic Buns first! Yum!

  • fmd518  on  July 24, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • jp_nyc  on  July 24, 2020

    Nettle, sorrel and wild garlic soup

  • Jenamarie  on  July 24, 2020

    Spelt dumplings with kraut and caramelized onions

  • AlexH  on  July 24, 2020

    Sweet Christmas Porridge

  • goodfruit  on  July 24, 2020

    Pistachio Napoleon

  • JudithCocks  on  July 24, 2020

    Yeasted buns with slow roasted pork

  • LeMinou  on  July 24, 2020

    Pot roast chicken cooked with herby creme fraiche

  • kitchen_chick  on  July 24, 2020

    Transcarpathian buns with mushrooms

  • kmn4  on  July 24, 2020

    Sashko’s bogracz stew

  • thecharlah  on  July 24, 2020

    Lazy dumplings with green beans, poppy seeds and crispy shallots

  • Shelley.b  on  July 24, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • Siegal  on  July 25, 2020

    Watermelon molasses

  • lablass  on  July 25, 2020

    “Rock and roll” pancakes

  • LaurenE  on  July 25, 2020

    Transcarpathian buns with mushrooms

  • maci234  on  July 25, 2020

    Braised ox tongue

  • nadiam1000  on  July 25, 2020

    Poppy Seed Babka

  • bryanmurphy  on  July 25, 2020

    Barley, bean and mushroom casserole

  • bopper  on  July 25, 2020

    Pickled Watermelon

  • nellia33  on  July 25, 2020

    Chili paste 😍

  • MarciK  on  July 25, 2020

    Apples fermented in pumpkin mash
    This sounds interesting.

  • TrishaCP  on  July 25, 2020

    Courgette caviar

  • keizerfire  on  July 25, 2020

    I would love to be able to make beautiful (and yummy) rolls!

  • hrk  on  July 25, 2020

    Buckwheat drop scones

  • sadieshouse  on  July 25, 2020

    Sour aubergine with mint and chilli!

  • roxlet  on  July 25, 2020

    Stuffed potato pancakes

  • caksj  on  July 25, 2020

    Yeasted buns with slow roast pork

  • Julia28  on  July 25, 2020

    Courgette caviar

  • t.t  on  July 25, 2020

    Buckwheat drop scones

  • dbranigan27  on  July 25, 2020

    I would try the Ukrainian wedding bread. It sounded interesting.

  • Gml3914  on  July 25, 2020

    Honey cookies!

  • Treeheart14  on  July 26, 2020

    Popovers

  • Jow  on  July 26, 2020

    The potato cakes sounds very good

  • LouiseD  on  July 26, 2020

    Sour cherry and garlic condiment

  • foodie16  on  July 26, 2020

    Christmas borsch with mushroom dumplings

  • nps88  on  July 26, 2020

    Chili paste

  • Ladymafalda  on  July 26, 2020

    Loving baking and being a big dill fan, and wanting to try kefir, I’m looking forward to trying Transcarpathian buns with mushrooms.

  • Cacciatore  on  July 26, 2020

    Oooh anything with feta! This cookbook looks splendid.

  • LauraAbenes  on  July 26, 2020

    Wow! This book is definitely on my wish list. I have Olia’s other books: Mamushka and Kaukasis and love them. They have the coolest vibe and besides cooking from them, they are just entertaining reading for the armchair traveler. I would try any of the cucumber and watermelon pickle recipes. We have a sourdough starter but am intrigued by the rye sourdough starter and try that, as well.

  • hdh74  on  July 26, 2020

    Vegetable casserole

  • eliza  on  July 26, 2020

    Fried flatbreads with cheese

  • sheraneprish  on  July 26, 2020

    Potato cakes

  • JessHeilman  on  July 27, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • Dhasenkampf  on  July 27, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • Anthonydan  on  July 27, 2020

    Christmas borsch with mushroom dumplings

  • Natlovesgib  on  July 27, 2020

    Spring lamb broth

  • RuthHarwood  on  July 28, 2020

    Potato cakes with bean and feta paste

  • Timanda  on  July 28, 2020

    The potato cakes sounds amazing

  • cilantrolime  on  July 28, 2020

    My husband is Ukrainian and I’d love to learn more Ukrainian cooking!

  • sarahmoorse  on  July 28, 2020

    Fermented physalis

  • HomespunHouse  on  July 29, 2020

    Yeasted buns with slow roast pork

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  July 29, 2020

    my wife loves cucumbers so will have to try the quick-fermented cucumbers found on page 26 to see how she likes them

  • gilmonster  on  July 29, 2020

    stuffed potato cakes

  • Badgerlord  on  July 29, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • Lkitchings  on  July 30, 2020

    Dried smoked pears

  • maisietoo  on  July 30, 2020

    Yeasted buns with slow-roast pork

  • smith106  on  July 30, 2020

    Vegetable casserole

  • chefthomas  on  July 30, 2020

    Pickled cabbage leaves with beetroot

  • michelle666  on  July 30, 2020

    Sweet Christmas porridge

  • vhfvhf  on  July 31, 2020

    Fermented physalis

  • wildchild  on  August 1, 2020

    Yeasted buns with slow-roast pork

  • Sbst  on  August 1, 2020

    Curd cake with caramelised apples

  • blazin  on  August 2, 2020

    Yeasted buns with slow-roast pork

  • Agneta  on  August 2, 2020

    Pickled Watermelon

  • kmetcalfe727  on  August 2, 2020

    Watermelon molasses

  • elsid22  on  August 3, 2020

    Yeasted buns with slow roasted pork

  • fluffies  on  August 3, 2020

    sour cherry & garlic condiment

  • Sunflower29  on  August 4, 2020

    Beetroot kvas

  • Fiona_66  on  August 4, 2020

    Pickled mushrooms

  • Pizzacat13  on  August 4, 2020

    Interesting recipes- Poppyseed Babka for me!

  • Sand9  on  August 5, 2020

    Poppyseed cake with elderflower and strawberries

  • ceejayen  on  August 5, 2020

    Sour aubergine with mint and chilli

  • VeryCherryBerry  on  August 6, 2020

    Burnt aubergine butter on tomato toasts

  • nvernon  on  August 6, 2020

    Pork preserved for winter

  • dbf123  on  August 6, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with beans and feta paste sound amazing!

  • zeenie  on  August 8, 2020

    Sweet Christmas Porridge

  • Gup  on  August 9, 2020

    My husband’s mother came over from the Ukraine but has forgotten family recipes – would love to cook them for her.

  • northwestwoman2020  on  August 9, 2020

    Potato cakes with bean and feta paste

  • Steben  on  August 9, 2020

    Potato cakes with bean and feta paste

  • PennyG  on  August 9, 2020

    Tatar pasta bows with garlic yoghurt and walnuts

  • LEKcookbooks  on  August 9, 2020

    Damson plums remind me so much of my father, so I immediately stopped when I saw Fermented damsons from Opishnya

  • calguire  on  August 10, 2020

    Yeasted buns with slow-roast pork

  • moralla  on  August 13, 2020

    Sourdough garlic buns

  • Tabby72  on  August 15, 2020

    I’ll try stuffed potato cakes!

  • ExploringTheTurkishKitchen  on  August 15, 2020

    I my god it all. Yvonne at my halal kitchen has me excited for this one. Lazy dumplings or rye starter.

  • Bake4one  on  August 15, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • bookmark77  on  August 16, 2020

    Stuffed potato pancakes

  • Vadill01  on  August 17, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • rchesser  on  August 17, 2020

    Poppy Seed Babka

  • ljsimmons  on  August 18, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • BarbaraAJ  on  August 18, 2020

    Fermented baked milk

  • gladysbaker  on  August 18, 2020

    What beautiful photos of foods

  • fluffle  on  August 18, 2020

    nettle, sorrel and wild garlic soup

  • hillsboroks  on  August 18, 2020

    Poppyseed cake with elderflower and strawberries.

  • maggz19671  on  August 18, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • stevenpeters  on  August 19, 2020

    Pumpkin rice porridge

  • beckwalks  on  August 19, 2020

    cucumber yoghurt and nutmeg

  • Patrickn  on  August 19, 2020

    yeasted buns w/ slow roasted pork

  • Saddlerscott  on  August 20, 2020

    chili paste

  • agreaves19  on  August 20, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • Dendav  on  August 20, 2020

    Chili paste.

  • DaveyP  on  August 20, 2020

    I’ve read a brief review of Summer Kitchens and it sounds just the thing for our hectic world – slow paced food that is meant to be enjoyed

  • jayw  on  August 20, 2020

    Sour Aubergine with mint and chilli

  • emi10383  on  August 21, 2020

    Barley, bean and mushroom casserole

  • silversand  on  August 22, 2020

    Courgette “caviar”

  • LauraJon  on  August 24, 2020

    Fried tomatoes with garlic and cheese

  • SusanMargaret  on  August 24, 2020

    Poppyseed pecan and apple streudel

  • leilx  on  August 24, 2020

    I’d love to try watermelon molasses. It sounds really unusual

  • mangozitrone  on  August 25, 2020

    Beetroot and horseradish

  • MissisG  on  August 26, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • artthecat  on  August 26, 2020

    Cauliflower fritters

  • Kls107  on  August 27, 2020

    Yeasted buns and slow roast pork

  • Mattsonslm  on  August 27, 2020

    Watermelon molasses

  • Leonard5854  on  August 27, 2020

    Pickled mushrooms

  • eildoncook  on  August 28, 2020

    Potato cakes with bean and feta paste

  • Treeheart14  on  August 28, 2020

    stuffed potato cakes

  • jshippee  on  August 28, 2020

    Fermented physalis

  • luccio  on  August 28, 2020

    Honey Cookies : )

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  August 29, 2020

    Fried tomatoes with garlic and cheese

  • herosky  on  August 29, 2020

    Lazy dumplings with green beans, poppy seeds and crispy shallots!

  • jluvs2bake  on  August 30, 2020

    potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • kellyod  on  August 31, 2020

    Barley, bean and mushroom casserole

  • RickPearson54  on  August 31, 2020

    chili paste

  • Ishtar  on  September 1, 2020

    Nettle, sorrel and wild garlic soup

  • lspano  on  September 2, 2020

    chilly paste

  • ruthdenton  on  September 2, 2020

    yeasted buns with slow roast pork

  • WendySmith3  on  September 2, 2020

    Chilli paste

  • beanz187  on  September 3, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • MaggieMaggieMae  on  September 4, 2020

    Potato cakes with bean and feta paste

  • trudys_person  on  September 5, 2020

    Buckwheat Drop Scones sound interesting – love buckwheat and sourdough!

  • EmilyR  on  September 6, 2020

    Potato cakes with bean and feta paste

  • craigmitch  on  September 6, 2020

    Keen to try Sashko’s bogracz stew!

  • dzm  on  September 7, 2020

    stuffed potato cakes

  • jifar  on  September 7, 2020

    Yeasted buns with slow cooked roast pork

  • JenThomas318  on  September 9, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • katenolan  on  September 9, 2020

    Barley, bean and mushroom casserole

  • rmjohns2  on  September 10, 2020

    Vegetable casserole

  • KitKatCat  on  September 10, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • RSW  on  September 11, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • hisforhome  on  September 12, 2020

    We have 2 damson trees in our garden, so fermented damsons from Opishnya

  • ennsee  on  September 12, 2020

    I would try the Cauliflower fritters recipe first.

  • iza27  on  September 13, 2020

    Poppyseed cake with elderflower and strawberries

  • size_27  on  September 14, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • Dannausc  on  September 14, 2020

    Fermented watermelon

  • linmulholland  on  September 14, 2020

    The potato cakes look incredible!

  • Laura1  on  September 14, 2020

    Barley, bean and mushroom casserole

  • Jewby  on  September 15, 2020

    So hard to choose one! Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste…yum

  • paulo_b  on  September 16, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • NaomiH  on  September 16, 2020

    Watermelon molasses

  • orchidlady01  on  September 16, 2020

    Dumplings with beans and potato

  • cinefemme  on  September 16, 2020

    I want to try the recipe for fermented physalis. I grow them each year and they are really generous plants at the height of their season.

  • MonetManet  on  September 17, 2020

    Pot roast chicken cooked with herby creme fraiche

  • sgreiff  on  September 17, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • Emmamaryd  on  September 17, 2020

    The yeasted buns

  • smnrose  on  September 17, 2020

    Transcarpathian buns with mushrooms

  • Chilledout  on  September 18, 2020

    I really fancy trying Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste. I love feta, especially with lots of fresh chopped herbs in the making stage.

  • jrhymer  on  September 18, 2020

    Yeasted buns with slow-roast pork sounds amazing x

  • DimensionAEB  on  September 18, 2020

    Sweet Christmas Porridge

  • Pamyoungvb  on  September 18, 2020

    I would try sour cherry and garlic condiment

  • sheridarby  on  September 18, 2020

    Pot roast chicken cooked with herby creme fraiche

  • sheridarby  on  September 18, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • ickle0ne  on  September 18, 2020

    Pickled cabbage leaves with beetroot

  • Jodie1094  on  September 18, 2020

    Potato cakes stuffed with bean and feta paste

  • PatBarrett  on  September 18, 2020

    Pistachio Napoleon

  • Lesevans6  on  September 19, 2020

    Stufed Potato Cakes

  • comperoo  on  September 19, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • molly57  on  September 19, 2020

    Yeasted buns with slow roast pork.

  • Dragonfly63  on  September 19, 2020

    Dried smoked pears sound fascinating.

  • lpatterson412  on  September 19, 2020

    Tomato and mulberry salad

  • ceroooss  on  September 19, 2020

    Courgette caviar!

  • fionajk42  on  September 19, 2020

    Sour aubergine with mint and chilli

  • Rosscoe  on  September 19, 2020

    The Ukrainian blood sausage .

  • andyszym  on  September 19, 2020

    Christmas borsch with mushroom dumplings

  • Twiddle  on  September 19, 2020

    Stuffed potato cakes

  • stacymarkow  on  September 19, 2020

    Stuffed Potato Cakes

  • littleminxgirl  on  September 20, 2020

    The yeasted buns with pork look really good

  • Jesmondgirl  on  September 23, 2020

    I would try dried smoked pears.

  • Jellyfish  on  September 24, 2020

    dried smoked pears

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