The Veselka Cookbook was published in 2009 by New York restaurateurs.
In 1954, Wolodymyr and Olha Darmochwal opened a newsstand and candy store in the area largely inhabited by Ukrainians in New York’s lower East Side called Veselka.
A hangout for many Ukrainians who lived there, the reputation of this small cafe grew far outside the community’s confines.
In 1975, Wolodymyr died and his son-in-law, Tom Birchard, took over management of the restaurant. Veselka’s popularity became so widespread that in November, Birchard opened a second restaurant, called Veselka Bowery, not far from the original eatery.
In 2009, Birchard published a cookbook featuring some of Veselka’s most popular recipes.
“The Veselka Cookbook” contains more than 150 recipes, covering Ukrainian classics to sandwiches (one is named after Ukraine’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, and another after actress Milla Jovovich), to breakfast fare, as well as a section that highlights Christmas foods.
In addition, the book provides a glimpse of how the Ukrainian neighborhood has changed over the decades.