The Ghost in the Pantry: Culinary Travels through Four Generations
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Travel writing of the recipe kind, this cookbook and genealogy hybrid selects the best from tried-and-true, stain-spattered, dog-eared, and time-honored collections. The Ghost in the Pantry dishes up tastes and aromas evocative of other times and places—and invites you to pull up a chair. From Italian-American, Irish-American, and Czech kitchens, these daily recipes are perfect for sampling from-scratch cooking and baking.
From the Bábovka of a Czech country bakery to the Chicken Cacciatore from Denver's Little Italy of the 1930s, this book traces the paths families carve out, generation by generation—and asks what sustains them, and what persists. These are recipes for making in a kitchen crowded with laughter and storytelling.
With something for every season and taste, The Ghost in the Pantry invites you on a historical-culinary journey, one recipe at a time.
This project was completed as part of the DailyLit Externship Program.
Table of Contents
Sandwich Spread (Pomazánka)
Grandmother’s Fish Soup (Rybí polévka podle Maminky)
Ukrainian Borscht (Boršč Ukrajinský)
Sour Šumava Soup (Polévka Šumavské kyselo)
Winter Soup from the Krkonošská Mountains (Polévka podkrkonošská zimní)
Stuffed Eggplant (Plněné lilky)
Sweet-Potato and Apple Scallop
Cabbage à la Sedmihradské, or à la Kološvárské (Sedmihradské vrstvené zelí, zvané též kološvárské)
Rice and Pasta Risotto Milanese
Uncle Viktor’s Spaghetti
Baked Chicken with Cheese and Ham (Kuře zapékané se šunkou a se syrem)
Chicken Paprika (Divoká slepice na paprice)
Black Cherry Chicken Sauté
Rabbit in Cream Sauce (Králík na smetané)
Ragout of Rabbit or Chicken (Ragú z králika nebo kuřete)
Rolled Baked Round Steak
Pork Chops with Apples and Onions (Vepřove žebirko s jabulky a cibulí)
Traditional Czech Pot Roast (Staročeské roštěnky)
Baked Trout with Dressing
Breads and Cookies
Quick Cloverleaf Rolls and Butterhorn Rolls
Cream Cheese Dough for Strudel, Pastry, and Fruit Dumplings (Těsto tvarohové na záviny, moučniky, a ovocné knedlíky)
Nutty Nuggets (Snowball Cookies)
Devil’s Eyes (Čertovy oči)
Pecan Lace Cookies
Cakes and Desserts
Apple Trifle (Dort s jablek)
Aunt Dana’s Oil Bábovka (Olejová bábovka podle Dany)
Parisian Cake (Pařížský dort)
Lady Baltimore Cake
Devil’s Food Cake
Christmas Strudel (Vánoční Závin)
Apple Brown Betty
Presidential Cake (Prezidentská babovka)
Aunt Laura’s Cake
Old-Fashioned Gingerbread (Maminčin perník)
Extended Copyright Information
Copyright 2009 Erin Ferretti Slattery. All rights reserved.
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Erin Ferretti Slattery grew up in California and Colorado, and has lived in Europe and the Middle East. A graduate of Hollins College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the Sorbonne, she has been published in Poetry, appeared on WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show," and written for Jauntsetter about Prague.Back to top
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It’s the mid-1890s, and there are no ghosts. My Irish great-grandfather Slattery is a hat-maker and businessman strolling down narrow Stetson Street in Orange, New Jersey, dreaming of New York City. A young great-grandfather O’Neill is getting an earful from his father about deciding to go to ...Back to top
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Reviewed by yardsailor43 on Feb 5, 2010
The ghost in the Pantry
Interesting, actually saved some of the recipes for future use.
Reviewed by bluey on Dec 15, 2009
ghost in the pantry
this book is really good so far i havent had time to finish it yet but so far it is good
Reviewed by MamaLisa on Oct 17, 2009
Growing up in a German Irish household in Ohio, I found myself remembering images and scents of kitchens and cooking. Grandma's kitchen, mom's kitchen. Cabbage which no one in Southern California seems to eat. Strudel I remember from the years I lived in Germany in my early 20s... Oh how I want a printed version of this book to add to my collection of cookbooks. Thank you for such a fun adventure on a lazy afternoon!
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