Food & Folkways: Heirloom Memories from Europe, South Russia & the
By R M H Gueldner
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University
Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota, 2002, 224 pages, Softcover.
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 is a genuine survey of foods which are unknown to
some, exotic to others and delightfully routine to many who have
Eastern European roots. The book is 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 mouth-watering 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."
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Magazine 18, no. 2: July/August 2002.
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Experience." Star Tribune, 11 July 2002, T3.
Paulsen, Nikki D. "Learning
History Through Cooking: Anamoose Woman Writes German Cookbook." Minot Daily News, 20 May 2002.
Gilmour, Deneen. "Of Holubtsi
and Heritage: New Cookbook Shares Germans from Russia Recipes,
Memoirs and History." Forum,
27 February 2002, B1.
Schock Cowerd, Gwen. "German Food & Folkways." Germans from Russia Foodways & Traditions (Facebook).
Book Review by Ingeborg W. Smith.
Tinker, Allan. "Searching for
Germans from Russia Heritage." McClusky Gazette, 9 May 2002.