“The Czechoslovak Cookbook” cookbook by Joza Brizova. Originally published as “Varime Zdrave Chutne a Hospodarne” this copy was first published by Crown Publishers, Inc. in 1965; this is a ninth printing from August of 1977. The cookbook is a hard cover with a dust jacket measuring 5¾ x 8½ inches with 282 pages, the price of $5.95 is printed on the interior flap of the dust jacket. It is in excellent gently used condition with slight wear / tears to the dust jacket, flipping through quickly, the pages appear to be clean and unmarked.
In Czechoslovakia, a copy of Varime Zdrave Chutne a Hospodarne graces nearly every kitchen. Now this best-selling Czechoslovak cookbook has been adapted for American use. The Czechoslovak Cookbook contains over 500 authentic recipes that convey the essence of Czechoslovak cuisine.
Hearty soups made from modest ingredients are one of the hallmarks of Czechoslovak cuisine. Included are recipes for such favorites as Garlic Soup, Creamed Fish Soup, and Rye Bread Soup. Robust meat dishes include Ginger Roast Beef, Braised Beef with Vegetables and Sour Cream, Beef Goulash, Tartar Beefsteak, Mutton with Marjoram, Veal Cutlets with Mushrooms, Stuffed Breast of Veal, Veal Paprika, Roast Pork with Capers, Braised Sweetbreads, and a variety of pates. The poultry and game chapter contains recipes for Chicken Paprika, Roast Capon, Roast Goose. Stuffed Roast Squab, Roast Hare with Sour Cream, and Leg of Venison with Red Wine.
The Czechs are particularly fond of meals centered around egg dishes and dumplings, for instance Baked Eggs with Chicken Livers, Farina Omelet, Noodle Souffle with Cherries and Nuts, Noodles with Farmer Cheese, Napkin Dumplings, Dumplings with Smoked Meat, and Sour Cream Pancakes. Rounded out with a vegetable dish like Sauteed Cabbage, Green Beans Paprika, or Stuffed Kale Rolls, these entrees make a tasty and inexpensive dinner.
The Czechs are justifiably famous for their baking, and The Czechoslovak Cookbook is full of delectable baked goods: Bohemian Biscuits. Crisp Potato Sticks, Salt Rolls, Pretzels, Christmas Twist, Checkerboard Cookies, Bishop’s Bread, and Honey Cake. Suitable for both the experienced cook and the novice who hasn’t ventured beyond broiling a steak, The Czechoslovak Cookbook is a valuable asset to any kitchen.
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