NDSU Libraries publishes new German Food & Folkways
February 1, 2002
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased announce
publication of Rose Marie Gueldner's outstanding book, "German
Food & Folkways: Heirloom Memories from Europe, South Russia
& the Great Plains".
Crispy Bratkartoffeln, succulent Brathuhn, creamy Kopfsalat, tasty
Knöpfla, brilliant Borscht, savory Strudel, plump Holubsti,
Eintopfgerichte that can make a feast, invigorating Hochzeit Red
Eye - you'll find more than 400 recipes for these historic foods
titled in English and German with comments on how dishes varied
within this seemingly homogeneous ethnic group. It's about family
recipes for everyday and for holidays. It's about the farm butcher,
the farmhouse cook and gardener, the home vintner. "German
Food & Folkways" is about food and drink that has nourished
and nurtured for centuries. And if too much time has gone by since
you savored wholesome and delicious foods or just thought about
those early times, this is the book for you.
Rev. William C. Sherman, Grand Forks, ND, author of "Plains
Folk" and "Prairie Mosaic," writes: "This is
not just a compilation of recipes - it's a genuine survey of foods
which are unknown to some, exotic to others and delightfully routine
to many who have Eastern European roots. It's history, geography,
ethnicity, and the passage of time, all combined; a treat for the
mind, a treat for the taste buds."
Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz, North Dakota State University, Fargo,
a well known German-Russian researcher and author writes: "Although
there are German-Russian cookbooks currently on the market, this
one is quite unusual because of the way it interweaves background
history, ethnic heritage, and so many mouthwatering Old Country
recipes. If the German-Russians have a Martha Stewart anywhere in
North America, it may very well be Rose Marie Gueldner!"
Brother Placid Gross, German-Russian folklorist at Assumption Abbey,
Richardton, ND, writes: "This book is the crowning achievement
of all cookbooks. It is a great and wonderful tribute to our pioneer
mothers who knew how to hold body and soul together with hard work
and creativity to make a banquet with the simplest of basic ingredients."
Rose Marie H. Gueldner, a descendant of Germans from Russia pioneers,
has worked as an educator, professional cook, writer, journalist,
and businesswoman. She spent years researching history, traveling
to ethnic communities, visiting cooks, and gathering data for this
Gueldner shares in the Introduction: "My research in writing,
"German Foods & Folkways", involved not only cooking,
tasting and reading, but traveling and interviewing. Most of all,
it involved listening to a variety of people - home cooks, botanists,
butchers, historians and farmers. Of the five years spent on this
book, four of them were research and one was writing."
To order the book, send $25 plus shipping payable ($4 US, $5 Canada,
$6 for outside the US and Canada) to NDSU Library. Mail to: Germans
from Russia Heritage Collection, German Food & Folkways Book,
NDSU Libraries,PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599. The book can be
reviewed at the following website: library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/cookbooks/gueldner.html.