Genre: cookbook, non-fiction
Personal rating: 2.5/5
Yearly count: 1
This cookbook started as a way for Oksana Vitruk to pass on her family recipes to her daughters, but she decided to make it available for everyone. Some of the recipes are familiar ones, others are unfamiliar – mainly those that are more traditional Eastern-European ones. I always like discovering new recipes and this book delivers on that. The pictures that accompany each recipe give you a nice look at what a dish is supposed to look like, even if you’ve never heard of it before. It’s clear the photography isn’t professional, although it’s nicely done, but that makes it more accessible I think.
The chapters are Soups, Main Dishes, Meat Dishes, Seafood Dishes, Breakfast Ideas, Pancakes, Appetizers, Dumplings, Salads and Preserving, Drinks, and Desserts. It’s a good distribution of types of dishes. I also liked the comments on other options for the recipes (like which other ingredients you could use, or what to serve it with) but not all the recipes had those comments.
There were some, rather big, downsides to this book, though. Some of the recipes felt like they were missing some essential information about, for instance, cooking time. Or in the case of the breakfast dish, soaking time for the bread in the egg and milk mixture. Some recipes just say ‘use any desired amount’ which personally I find very irritating. Give me an amount and then say I can play around with that amount, but at least I’ll have a starting point then. Also, there’s no directions for how many people you can feed with the recipes. Having to guess how many people I can feed based on the amount of ingredients is not a good way to get me to try out a recipe.
All in all, I’d give this 2.5 stars. It has potential, but especially not knowing how many people I can feed will prevent me from cooking much with this book.