Ready to cook Eastern European? Pick up a copy of Mamushka, Ukraine-born chef Olia Hercules’s ode to cuisine from Kiev to Kazakhstan, and every stop along the way. It’s not all potatoes and beets, though, it’s pampushki, too — the best freshly baked garlic bread you’ve ever had. 

The word pampushka can be used to describe a gorgeous plump woman and is one of my favorite words. Pam-poo-shka! These pampushki are traditionally served with red borscht. In Ukraine, we would use regular garlic, so if you can’t find wet (new) garlic, it will still be delicious. I have used wild garlic and its flowers.

Reprinted with permission from Mamushka