Unser Gast: Be Our Guest
A collection of German and Russian recipes from the
members and friends of the North Star Chapter of the American Historical
Society of Germans from Russia.
Cookbook produced by the North Star Chapter, American Historical
Society of Germans from Russia, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, 1996,
Softcover, 221 pages.
Food traditions are among our most enduring folkways. The younger
generation may never learn to speak the German dialect of their
ancestors, but being able to prepare favorite dishes from the Old
Country is often another matter. Documenting German-Russian cuisine
and foodways so present and future generations can enjoy their unique
culinary heritage was the purpose behind the Sei Unser Gast:
Be Our Guest cookbook.
The 221-page, spiral-bound cookbook contains more than 300 recipes
from the German-Russian groups represented by the membership of
the North Star Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans
from Russia. Since most of the chapter's members are descendants
of German-Russians who settled in North Dakota and South Dakota,
the cookbook contains many recipes from the Black Sea German and
Bessarabian German traditions. For example, there are recipes for
Borscht, Gummersalat, Plachinta, Halupsie, Kholodets, Kaseknepfle,
Fleischkuchle, Strudel, Pfeffernusse, Kuchen, and Eingemachte Wassermelone.
Members who descended from Volga German and Volhynian German immigrants
contributed recipes for such delicacies as Sauersuppe, Schmarren,
Maultasche', Bierock, Herzje, Sussholztee, Grebbel, and dill pickles
flavored with licorice root. Other members contributed recipes for
German-Russian Mennonite dishes such as Zweiback, Plumamoos, Schnetje,
Rullcoka, and Portzilke.
The various Germans from Russia groups prepare German dishes quite
differently from the way they're made in Germany today. They also
adopted and made uniquely their own Russian, Ukrainian, Polish and
Romanian dishes. A few authentic recipes from Germany and the former
Russian Empire are included at the end of each chapter to show how
German-Russian cooking deviated from its origins and became a cuisine
in its own right.
"Please send three copies of Sei Unser Gast. I ordered one copy as
a Christmas gift and loved it. Thank you! The cookbook brings back
my mother-in-law's cooking in North Dakota!"
--- Mary F. Hintz, Tallahassee, Florida
Tobin, Paulette. "We're
German. We Don't Dine - We Eat."
Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, North Dakota.