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The Veselka Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from the Landmark Restaurant in New Yorks East Village Tom Birchard

The Veselka Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from the Landmark Restaurant in New Yorks East Village

Tom Birchard

Published
ISBN : 9780312385682
Hardcover
272 pages
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 About the Book 

For more than fifty years, customers have crowded into Veselka, a cozy Ukrainian coffee shop in New York Citys East Village, to enjoy pierogi, borscht, goulash, and many other unpretentious favorites. Veselka (rainbow in Ukrainian) has grown from aMoreFor more than fifty years, customers have crowded into Veselka, a cozy Ukrainian coffee shop in New York Citys 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 Veselkas renowned pancakes), to the many elements of a traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve feast.Veselka owner Tom Birchard shares stories about Veselkas celebrity customers, the local artists who have adopted it as a second home, and the restaurants 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 Citys vibrant downtown, and the pleasures of simple, good food.