‘A complete revelation’ Nigella Lawson ‘What a wonderful world Olia and this cookbook transport us to’ Anna Jones This summer, here are the only recipes you need…What is a ‘summer kitchen’? In Ukraine, it means a small cooking space located in the veg garden, away from the main house. Calling on fond childhood memories and countless conversations and cooking sessions, Olia Hercules shows how you can truly make the most of summery ingredients to create new, inventive and utterly delicious plates of food. Her recipes include burnt aubergine butter on tomato toast, sourdough garlic buns and poppyseed cake with elderflower and strawberries – each bite more delicious than the last. As you cook your way through generous salads, moreish mains and sweet delights, you’ll discover a way of cooking that is both traditional and contemporary, because these techniques and flavour combinations have been handed down through generations, yet reworked for every home kitchen. Summer Kitchens also has a detailed chapter on fermentation, preserving and pickling (an ancient practice in Ukraine) that will inspire beginners and frequent picklers alike. It’s a gorgeous way to discover sustainable, healthy and delicious food for the summer and beyond.‘I’m so glad she’s sharing these culinary secrets’ Melissa Hemsley
Olia Hercules owes some of her earliest and fondest memories to the ‘summer kitchens’ of her parents, grandparents, neighbours, and friends in Ukraine. These small buildings are separate from the main house, and always positioned near a fruit plot or veg patch so families can enjoy the home-grown produce as it ripens, and preserve the surplus in preparation for winter. The number of summer kitchens is dwindling these days, but there is still so much we can learn about making the most of the vibrant summer produce throughout the rest of the year. This book contains recipes such as ‘Borsch with duck and smoked pears’, ‘Burnt aubergine butter and tomato toast’, ‘Pot roast chicken with herb crÃ¨me fraÃche’, ‘Nettle, sorrel and wild garlic soup’, and ‘Poppyseed babka’.