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Baba's Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes & Traditions Paperback – June 1, 2005

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About the Author

Lisa Alzo was raised in Duquesne, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Ithaca, New York. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, and spent six years researching her family’s history for her first book, Three Slovak Women. Lisa is a published freelance writer and lecturer. She is the recipient of the 2002 Mary Zirin Prize given by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies to recognize the achievements of independent scholars and to encourage their continued scholarship and service in the field of Slavic Women's Studies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Otter Bay Books (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971063710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971063716
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,306,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert A. Figler on November 17, 2008
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Growing up outside of Pittsburgh [Monessen] with an ethnic background consisting of half Italian and half Slovak, holiday dinners and cooking were a serious and celebrated part of our lives. It is relatively easy to find authentic Italian cooking and cookbooks but authentic Slovak recipes are rare and usually relegated to self-produced cookbooks put out by the Lady's Church auxillaries of generations past.

It's rather sad today as the old country traditions fade that, for many of us, we only have the memories of the wonderful dishes our immigrant Slovak grandparents prepared during the Christmas and Easter seasons. I often wish I had learned their recipes so our family might ocassionally celebrate their memories through the meals they prepared.

If indeed my reminiscing has caught your eye or if you have ever wondered what authentic Slovak homestyle cooking is, then you cannot pass up getting a copy of Lisa Alzo's cookbook: Baba's Kitchen. This little book is full of recipes of foods that my Slovak grandmother cooked when I was growing up. Within hours of receiving my the book, I was so pleased that I ordered copies for all of my relatives [a stocking stuffer!].

In this cookbook you will find, exactly like grandma used to make, holubky [stuffed cabbage], bobalky [little dough balls often mixed with sauerkraut and served at the Christmas eve dinner],ceregi [Slovak donuts], haluski [noodles and cabbage, pirohi [Slovak "ravoli" filled with cheese or prune filling] and many, many more recipes. It's also nice to finally be able to spell the dishes we often spoke so fondly of.
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When I read the Preface of Baba's Kitchen, I immediately connected it to the meals and traditions my mother prepared for our family of six. It evoked memories of lace tablecloths crocheted by my grandmother,covering an Easter table laden with a platter of ham surrounded with fresh sausage and colored eggs. Paska and Easter cheese were on the side while a lamb cake waited on the buffet decorated with coconut shavings and jelly bean eyes. I never knew there was a special name for the Easter Cheese made with milk and eggs but remembered it hanging from a hook in it's cheesecloth bag in the kitchen. I am sharing the information with the next generation and am happy to say that many receipes meet the needs or are easilly adapted for the vegetarians in the family.
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I LOVE this book! Took me right back to walking into my Baba's kitchen and hearing "Hi kids! You hungry?" Baba of course never had any recipe cards or books, and never made anything the same way twice! This will be a great way to try making some of those dishes I really miss. Sorry, but Mrs. T's pierogies never held a candle to Baba's! I'm going to try for a traditional Slovak Easter meal this year!!!
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