Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cooking Cards of the Soviet Ukraine (Part I) w. Dushenina, Kiev Style Chicken Cutlets, Fried Duck with Apples and more

Back in 2015 we took a look at a Ukrainian cookbook from the Soviet era in Ukrainian Cookery Recipes w. Borscht, Vareniki, Cabbage Rolls & more -- Vintage Cookbook. That post also prompted me to make a modified version of one the recipes Ukrainian "Scalloped Beef" Revisited

Today we are looking at a set of Ukrainian cooking cards from the Soviet era. We have looked at cooking cards before in posts like 1968's Japanese Cooking Cookery Cards with Sushi, Tempura, & more and Robert Carrier's Cookery Cards w. Vitello Tonnato, Saltimbocca all'Alfredo & more . This format for recipes was especially popular in the 1960s and 1970s in both the West and the USSR. In fact, Soviet cooking card sets are quite common and they featured recipes of all different types and from the union's many nationalities.

Less common, though, are Soviet cooking cards with text in English. Generally they were in Russian or one (or more) of the many other languages of the USSR. This set, however, is a rare exception to that.

Published in 1980 this set had 33 cards with Ukrainian recipes of which I have 31. On the front of each card is a photo of the dish and the photos definitely have the feel of that era of food photography. On the back is the recipe. In this first part of two we will look at 16 of the cards.

The recipes here are interesting both culturally and stylistically. They are generally rather light on details such as cooking times. But if you have an understanding of cooking that is not too great a hurdle. 

There are some dishes I certainly want to do takes on in the future as well as some classics of a very vibrant and varied cuisine.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Struggle for National Liberation in Africa, World Peace Council 1975

Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project

See the end of this post for details on the project.

Leaflet: The Struggle for National Liberation in Africa, World Peace Council 1975

This leaflet looks at the situation of the anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist struggle in Africa in 1975 from the point of view of the World Peace Council. We have looked at the WPC on the Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project before including with What is the World Peace Council, 1975

Much of the leaflet is focused on the apartheid regime in South Africa and the support this racist and fascist regime received from the United States, England, France, NATO and Israel at the time. The leaflet also was released against the backdrop of the collapse of Portuguese fascism and Portuguese colonialism after the Carnation Revolution. We looked at a document of the Carnation Revolution recently with Portugal Freedom Year One 1926 - 1975, Ministry of Mass Communication.

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When The Left Chapter began part of what I wanted to do on the blog was to show and highlight vintage public leftist election/political leaflets and booklets. While many of these have been offered with commentary to date, a very large collection of hundreds of them from several different sources remains and to preserve these often quite rare documents we will be posting them on a regular (almost daily) basis now often without or with minimal commentary so that people may have access to them as quickly as possible as an historical resource. 

While these will all be leaflets from a variety of different leftist viewpoints and countries, they are being posted as an historical/study resource and the views or opinions expressed in them do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog or blogger.

All of these posts (as well as posts made to date) will be listed on the page:Vintage Communist/Socialist Leaflets (which is still being updated with past posts).

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