The Book about Ukrainian Easter

Book cover, “Traditional Velykden: Ukrainian Easter Recipes”

Book cover, “Traditional Velykden: Ukrainian Easter Recipes”

The new addition to our series Tradition on a Plate is a book dedicated a beautiful spring holiday, Velykden, Ukrainian Easter (click here for a free book preview). The title of the book is Traditional Velykden: Ukrainian Easter Recipes. Velykden (Engl., ‘Easter’) in the Ukrainian language literally means ‘great day’. The story of this day definately deserves to be told, and our series Tradition on a Plate would simply be incomplete without it. The day is filled with amazing rituals and traditions, which originated far long before a monotheistic religion was introduced to Kyivan Rus and it became a Christian state. From the culinary point of view, the day is outstanding because, Velykden is known for its abundant menu and rich dishes, some of which, like paska or babka, are cooked only on this occasion.

In addition to a diverse collection of recipes, which present the most popular foods served at the Easter meal, the book contains articles that acquaint a reader with a little-known part of Ukrainian ancient culture and its time-honoured rituals and customs of celebrating Velykden. The articles tell about what products are included in the Easter basket and why; the magical powers that krashanky, (along with pysanky and driapanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs), have; rituals surrounding baking paska, (Ukrainian Easter bread); and many other interesting things.

Being a part of a series, Traditional Velykden: Ukrainian Easter Recipes in many aspects follows its predecessor, Ukrainian Christmas Eve Supper: Traditional village recipes for Sviata Vecheria. The stories and recipes in the book are accompanied by photographs depicting some of the dishes and other themed images. There is a glossary that includes names of some famous Ukrainian dishes, and a bibliography. The book is published in e-format and is currently available in e-format on the Amazon.com website .

Mykola Pymonenko (1862-1912), “Maundy Thursday”, 1907. The painting is located in the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv.

Mykola Pymonenko (1862-1912), “Maundy Thursday”, 1907. The painting is located in the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv.

The images of classic works included in this announcement and in Traditional Velykden: Ukrainian Easter Recipes are supplied by Lesia Tolstova from the National Art Museum of Ukraine, where the original artworks are located. Our sincere gratitude to Lesia Tolstova and Yuliya Lytvynets.