Baba Sophie’s Ukrainian Cookbook

Cookbooks have an enchanting way of transporting us to different corners of the world through their tantalizing recipes and captivating stories. I was taken back to my Polish/Russian baba’s kitchen in Baba Sophie’s Ukrainian Cookbook authored by award winning and prolific writer Marion Mutala. Readers are invited on a culinary journey to Ukraine, exploring the rich heritage and flavorful traditions of this Eastern European gem. With its delightful combination of authentic recipes and heartwarming anecdotes, this cookbook has the power to awaken the senses and create an unforgettable experience in your kitchen.

The cover of this cookbook shows Baba Sophie with the author as a child. Marion Mutala has an extensive resume as a writer and she brings that expertise into this cookbook, taking us into her family kitchen. She took many of her mother’s recipes and transposed them into a volume of comforting and updated dishes.

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From hearty soups to mouthwatering pyrohy and delectable desserts, Baba Sophie’s Ukrainian Cookbook offers a comprehensive exploration of Ukrainian cuisine. The book not only presents a diverse range of recipes but also provides insights into a baba’s kitchen, allowing readers to connect with the recipes on a deeper level. There are even suggestions for homemade clog and stain removers!

One of the standout features of the cookbook is its clear and concise instructions. Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or an experienced chef, Mutala’s approachable writing style ensures that you can confidently recreate traditional Ukrainian dishes. Recipes are thoughtfully accompanied by vivid descriptions, step-by-step instructions, or tips that capture the essence of Ukrainian cooking.

A bowl of red soup with sour cream and dill

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Mutala’s warmth and passion for Ukrainian cuisine shines through her writing, making the cookbook feel like a conversation with a beloved family member. The recipes transport me to my baba’s kitchen as well as my mother’s. One of the most popular dishes was Borsch. Make it yourself in our Recipe section but use it as a base…add whatever vegetables or meat you like to make it authentically your own. We also provide instructions for Sauerkraut (Kapustka) in our Recipe section as any Eastern European would have a dish of it on the table at most meals. What a great way to utilize both cabbage and beets as they become abundant this fall season!

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Baba Sophie’s Ukrainian Cookbook is a delightful celebration of Ukrainian culinary traditions, filled with a treasure trove of recipes, heartwarming stories, and cultural insights. Marion Mutala’s genuine passion for her heritage and cuisine shines through every page, making this cookbook a must-have for anyone eager to explore the flavors of Ukraine. Whether you’re an adventurous cook or simply intrigued by diverse cuisines, this cookbook promises an enriching and delightful experience that will undoubtedly leave you craving more. Find a copy to purchase at or you can win your own book in our Giveaway section. 

Contents and images used with permission by Marion Matala.