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Podhola Family Cookbook Paperback – November 9, 2009
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First, almost none of the included recipes are either from the 19th century or Bohemian. (Bohemia is a province of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire.) By far the greatest majority of the included recipes are from pre-1970's 20th Century and are of the sort commonly found in cookbooks of that era. Others are later additions - Fudge that calls for marshmallow cream, Brownies (definitely American!) that call for Hershey's syrup, and Jello Cake to name but a few.
The two recipes that I could identify as most likely originating in Bohemia are incomplete. The recipe for Liver Dumplings calls for liver, flour, eggs, salt and onions but give absolutely no proportions or directions. While this may be "historical", later generations (never mind perfect strangers) will find this much less than useful.
The same is true of the Kolace recipe, titled "Sweet Dough." There are no instructions for shaping or filling, the only reference to kolace (spelled koulatche) reads "Mix lard and flour till crumbly and put on top of the cooked prunes before baking. No prunes, cooked or otherwise are mentioned elsewhere in the recipe. How very tragic that the two family recipes most deserving of preservation for future generations are so incomplete as to be entirely useless.
And then there is the formatting. Author Tim Krause did include a Table of Contents of a sort at the front of the book, but it is not interactive and features page numbers, thus making it less than useful in a Kindle book.Read more ›