Collectible Ukrainian and Slovak Cookbooks Now In Stock

I love cookbooks. I went through one of the most agonizing tasks I ever encountered when attempting to sort through the hundreds I had collected through the years when packing up to make the move from NH to Pennsylvania.

I took a deep breath and dove into the many boxes. I found I was able to part with some that held only a favorite recipe or two by transferring the recipe into electronic format; no need to take up space with a book. A good deal of my books found their way to a friend who shared my joy of cooking.

But there is something about a beloved, trusted ACTUAL cookbook in it’s physical presence that enthralls me. I can spend hours thumbing through my favorites, conjuring up images of the recipes contained within covering the table in my Coalcracker Kitchen. It was my thumbing through tattered, cherished cookbooks from “home” and longing to reconnect to the foods and memories of The Coal Region that started this whole blog adventure back in 2010!

It always brings me peasure to be able to share old favorites with those who appreciate the comfort foods near and dear to us, so I am thrilled to have been able to obtain never used copies of three of my favorite collectible cookbooks to sell in my shop.

Quantities are limited; although I am constantly scouring sources for books of interest to my readers, I never know what I can find or when I find it, so order a copy of any — or all three — today if you would like to add the books to your own collection. These make a great holiday gift.

Note: Items ship 1st class or Priority USPS. Prices do not include shipping/handling. Sales are subject to 6% sales tax for buyers in PA. Sales and shipping ONLY to the lower 48 US states. See On-line Shopping Terms and Conditions for more details.

Currently Available

Ukrainian Daughters Cookbook: $70
Ukrainian daughters cookbook

Popular, 1984 best-selling cookbook that is hard to find from booksellers; 160 pages with sections on foods for celebrations and holidays, including Christmas and Easter.  Section on Christmas Eve Supper, Easter, Traditional Foods, plus more. Recipes include kolach, kapusta, varenyky, Ukrainian sausage, meatless holubtsi, Easter horseradish, Easter doves/Easter paska, babka, info on pysanky, kyshka, holubtsi and much more.

Slovenske Jedlo and Pennsylvania Soul Food Cookbook: $45
Slovenske Jedlo Slovak cookbook

139 pages. Eighth and final printing (2006). The recipes are in English, but listed in the index in Slovak. Written by two people who had parents who came to western PA to the coal mines then moved to PA Dutch country. Cookbook includes several pierogi recipes, machanka, pagach, halusky, chruschiki, lokshe, paska, kolacy, nut roll, kolbasy, and more. 

FCSLA Anniversary Slovak-American Cookbook: $40
fcsla slovak cookbook

411 pages of recipes, Hardcover. Contains pages on traditional Christmas Eve menu and traditional Easter breakfast. First published in 1952 in commemoration of the Sixtieth Anniversary of the founding of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.  This edition is the 26th printing of this beloved cookbook. Recipes include Slovak classics such as paprikas, halusky, kolbasy, strudel, fanky, and kolace and much more as well as American favorites.

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