The Veselka Cookbook

Recipes and Stories From the Landmark Restaurant in New York's East Village
Birchard, Tom (Book - 2009)
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Collects over one hundred and fifty classic Ukranian recipes from Veselka restaurant, including cold borscht, boiled beef with horseradish sauce, arugula and goat cheese pierogi stuffing, and beef stroganoff.

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For more than fifty years, customers have crowded into Veselka, a cozy Ukrainian coffee shop in New York City’s East Village, to enjoy pierogi, borscht, goulash, and many other unpretentious favorites. Veselka (rainbow in Ukrainian) has grown from a simple newsstand serving soup and sandwiches into a twenty-four-hour gathering place, without ever leaving its original location on the corner of East Ninth Street and Second Avenue. Veselka is, quite simply, an institution.

The Veselka Cookbook contains more than 150 recipes, covering everything from Ukrainian classics (potato pierogi, five kinds of borscht, grilled kielbasa, and poppy seed cake) to dozens of different sandwiches, to breakfast fare (including Veselka’s renowned pancakes), to the many elements of a traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve feast.

Veselka owner Tom Birchard shares stories about Veselka’s celebrity customers, the local artists who have adopted it as a second home, and the restaurant’s other lesser-known, but no less important, longtime fans, and he offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to serve five thousand gallons of borscht a year and to craft three thousand pierogi daily---all by hand.

The Veselka Cookbook will delight anyone with an interest in Ukrainian culture, New York City’s vibrant downtown, and the pleasures of simple, good food.

& Taylor

Presents favorite recipes by New York's popular Ukrainian coffee shop complemented by personal stories, holiday menus and an ingredients source list, in a volume that features options ranging from borscht and sweet potato pierogi to grilled kielbasa and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. 20,000 first printing.

Authors: Birchard, Tom
Statement of Responsibility: Tom Birchard with Natalie Danford
Title: The Veselka cookbook
recipes and stories from the landmark restaurant in New York's East Village
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 257 p., [8] p. of plates : b ill. (some col.) ; c 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Soups
Stuffed delights : pierogi, blintzes, and more
Meat and poultry
Salads and side dishes
Christmas Eve : a special Ukrainian tradition
Breakfast any time
Subject Headings: Cooking, Ukrainian Veselka (Restaurant)
Topical Term: Cooking, Ukrainian
Additional Contributors: Danford, Natalie
Found in: Lower East Side Heritage Collection (Seward Park Branch)
LCCN: 2009024680
ISBN: 0312385684
Branch Call Number: 641.5947 B
Research Call Number: JFE 09-5951
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