Baba's Kitchen

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About the author:

Author Raisa Stone ate pureed borshch as baby food & cut dough circles for verenyky (perogies) as soon as she could reach the table top.

She spent 50 years collecting wild stories from survivors of Soviet & Nazi oppression, including her family.

Raisa's writing has been mentored by Steve Allen.

Raisa's passion for promoting Ukrainian culture comes not only from its proud richness. Her father was the only member of his family to escape Stalinist Ukraine. He then landed in a Nazi labor camp, from where he was liberated to Canada. The Soviets tortured her grandmother to death.

Raisa is a professional singer, storyteller & Animal Intuitive under the name Raisa Stone. Chicken Soup for the Soul regularly publishes her stories.

Learn more about Raisa & Baba:

Baba's Kitchen

Ukrainian Soul Food With Stories From the Village

Authored by Raisa Marika Stohyn

Second Expanded Edition now available! Please refer to publication date February 2014.

#1 Bestseller in European Cooking

Top Ten Bestseller in Cooking Humor

~Amazon Kindle

Compared to erotic games in the village bath & shoplifting live turkeys in your bloomers, immigrant life is beyond boring. So Baba (Grandma) is brewing up Old Country customs in her kitchen.

She'll teach you to make 190 delicious Ukrainian dishes (plus simple folk remedies) the traditional & The Lazy Way, sabotage frenemies with garlic, & utter chilling Slavic curses such as, "May you be kicked by a duck!"

Between tales of magical encounters with Nature spirits & steaming bowls of borshch is the true confession of the author's elderly neighbour: she murdered her abusive husband. The deadly story unfolds under the guise of cooking lesson, as unexpectedly as Roald Dahl's Lamb to the Slaughter. Raisa kept her neighbor's secret till after her death.

Veer into the wildly romantic with recipes such as Apple Cake & Wild Rose Preserves. Toast friends & family with the classic Drink of the Gods.

An extensive bibliography informs claims that Ukrainians: first tamed horses, invented pants (for riding!), pyramids, the bow and arrow, homes from mammoth bone, & created Europe's first democratic constitution.

Ancient shamanic practices that sparked the original werewolf legend combine with recipes & customs reaching back to the Neolithic era of Goddess worship.

Imagine a mouth watering Honey Onion Sauce that recalls competing with cave bears and wild bees, and digging into soil that has never known pesticides. Or the seductive magic of preparing sweet delights for the Apple Harvest Blessing.

Aaaaand 190 awesome Ukrainian recipes.

Taught step by step, as if grandma were at your side:

  • Borshch, including Vegetarian
  • Holubtsi (Cabbage Rolls)
  • Verenyky (Perogies)
  • Creative Salads & Dressings
  • Ultimate Chicken Soup
  • Minestrone
  • Crepes & Fillings: Orange, Honey
  • Delicious Grain & Bean recipes
  • Potato Salads, Potato Pancakes, Cheese & Potato Bake
  • 10 Mushroom recipes
  • Omelets
  • Innovative Deviled Eggs
  • Chicken Kyiv, Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken
  • Goulash
  • Meat balls, Stuffed & Spicy
  • Unique Cabbage recipes
  • Perfect Roast Beef
  • A wealth of Fish recipes: Lemon Sole, Stuffed Baked Trout
  • Stews: Game, Sauerkraut
  • Sauces: Dill, Sour Cream, Horse Radish, Plum
  • Sugarless Pie & Perfect Crust
  • Sugar Frosted "Sweet Nothings" (Icicles)
  • Cherry Charlotte
  • Liqueur & Whiskey recipes
  • Cheese cake
  • Honey Cake
  • Chocolate Honey Cake
  • Cookies & Doughnuts
  • Stewed Fruit
  • Coffee Cake
  • Traditional Eastern European Holiday recipes for Easter & Christmas
  • Kolach: Circle of Life Bread

*Warning: 18+ Restricted*

Wicked acts with honey and raspberries, pirates, cowboys, bald men, bad boys and mounted police officers. Be prepared for fish net, scuba divers, body painting, eye rolling & squealing.

You'll laugh, you'll scream. By the time Baba is through, you'll wet someone else's pants!


"Unique, funny, compelling & totally original. Baba is an amazing woman."~Jill McCaw, McCaw Media

"Brilliant humor...down-to-earth spiritual commentary on consciously healthy food for mind, body & planet."~Jason Matthews, author of The Big Bang

"Not only is it one heck of a belly laugh, Baba's Kitchen has recipes for good old fashioned tasty meals that nourish both body & soul." ~Paddy Head, author of Fixed

Publication Date:
1492892734 / 9781492892731
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / European

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