´This is a game-changer of a book.´ - The Sunday Times
´...a joyful celebration of Eastern European cooking´ Observer
´My present to myself: not to be played with until my own writing is done!´ - Nigella Lawson
´Exotic, earthy dishes, vibrant colours, big flavours. This is real cooking, written about with so much love´ - Diana Henry
´From stuffed cabbage leaves to garlicky poussins, Olia Hercules´s recipes are redolent of long summers in her mother´s Ukrainian garden; rich, nourishing and enhanced by her stint as an Ottolenghi chef´ - Observer Food Monthly
...a beautiful, fascinating and sumptuous tome. - Tom Parker Bowles
´There´s something wonderful about food writer Olia Hercules´ - The Telegraph
´The hottest new voice in food´ - delicious. Magazine
´she will enchant your kitchen´ - Grazia
Debut cookbook from the Observer´s Rising Star in Food Award 2015, Mamushka is a celebration of the food and flavours of Ukraine and the "Wild East", with over 100 recipes for fresh, flavourful and unexpected dishes from across the region. From the Moldovan giant cheese twist and Ukrainian buns with potatoes & shallots to Garlicky Georgian poussins with spicy plum chutney and Armenian pickled wet garlic; to Napoleon cake, Wasp nest buns and Apricot & sour cherry pie. To top it off, why not enjoy a digestif of Winter punch or Blackcurrant vodka?
Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for 5 years before moving to London to study a BA in Italian language, followed by an MA in Russian and English. A number of jobs followed before her interest in food as an amateur reached its apogee and she decided to retrain as a chef at Leith´s School of Food and Wine. She kicked off her culinary career working at London´s Union Market before landing her dream job as a chef-de partie for Ottolenghi´s. Olia´s focus nowadays is mostly on her son, her writing, her food styling and the occasional foray into film and television.
Find out more about Olia at oliahercules.com, on Twitter @oliasgastronomy and on Instagram.com/oliahercules.