10 Authentic Slovak Cookbooks and Recipe Books

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through the best Slovak Cookbooks. Join me on this journey of taste and discovery.

I love discovering new food and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

Slavic Food

Being a landlocked country, located in the center of Europe, Slovakia takes its cuisine’s cues from its neighbors: the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, and Austria. Slovak cuisine also varies slightly from region to region across Slovakia. It features a hearty cuisine similar to many Eastern and Northern European nations (check out our guide on the Best Danish Cookbooks). From heart-warming Kapustnica (sauerkraut soup often served in a bread bowl), Bryndzove halusky (sheep cheese dumplings and the national dish of Slovakia), Zemyakove placky (rustic, crispy potato pancakes) to Medvedie labky (Slovak cookies), the following 10 featured books on Slovak cooking will allow food aficionados to explore the gastronomic delights of this small and intriguing country.

1. The Slovak Recipes From My Grandmother’s Kitchen

Beautifully hand illustrated, handwritten in cursive, detailing traditional Slovak cuisine. Colorful, unique, and inspired by a grandmother’s kitchen, this is a cookbook containing the ultimate example of true comfort food.

Recipes include classic dishes such as Kapustnica (rich flavored sauerkraut soup),  Bryndzove halusky (potato dumplings and the national dish of Slovakia), and Walnut Torte, just to name a few – a truly heart-warming Slovak feast.

The origins of Slovak cuisine can be traced back to when the majority of the population lived self-sufficiently in villages, with very limited food imports and exports. These humble recipes are made from the simplest of ingredients and have graced table after table with memories that capture the essence of what preparing a loving meal is all about. It’s a must have for book collectors, foodies, or anyone who appreciates ethnic, robust, honest, and truly Slovak cooking. 

“Charming and delicious. This was a beautifully illustrated book, with recipes that fill you with comfort by just reading them! ” – Amazon customer

About the authors

Darryl Stefanik was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Art History and a master’s degree in Theological Studies. In his spare time, he spends time with his family and friends. He loves gardening and attending the theatre. Over the years he baked hundreds of tortes in his grandmother’s honor. 

Mark Stefanik lives in Brooklyn Heights, just across the river from Manhattan. Mark is the author of several plays. He is an actor, children’s theatre director, film producer, and national television news editor.

The Slovak Recipes from my Grandmother’s Kitchen is dedicated to the authors’ grandmother, Helena Zubercova-Stefanik.

2. Modern Taste of Slovakia: Popular Homemade Recipes

This comprehensive collection of Slovak food is written by a working mother who makes her meals fresh on a daily basis. Traditionally, Slovaks prepared their food at home as the country did not not have a long history of restaurants and catering outside the house. Fresh ingredients are used from local farmers and producers, making the meals nutritious and packed with wholesome goodness. The author of this Slovak cookbook talks about the spices that are used in traditional Slovak cuisine: black pepper, bay leaf, cloves, and garlic, which also have medicinal properties. The recipes have a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes that are prepared in modern Slovakia, which makes the cooking easy and manageable.   

This wonderful edition has over 50 mouth watering recipes that will please the pickiest food lovers. The recipes are simple, comforting, filling, and homely. Every single one comes with a beautiful photograph which makes you want to try every single dish. Preparation methods, measurements, and cook time are mentioned in detail. There are also blank pages at the end of the book for your own notes!

Slovakia is without a doubt a country of savory soups and we just love eating them! Each regular menu consists of a soup. Under the Soups section you will find the old national favorites: goulash soup, Slovakian sauerkraut soup, barley soup with smoked meat, and garlic soup.

The Main Dishes section has a mind-boggling number of chicken, turkey, fish, pork, beef, and vegetable dishes. Slovak cuisine is full of milk products, potatoes, meat, dumplings, and thick sauces. Whether you fancy a creamy bacon pasta, sirloin in creamy sauce, steamed dumplings,  or potato dumplings with sauerkraut – you have it all in one book. If you love baking, put your apron on and try homemade fresh bread, pierogi with sheep cheese, poppy seed cake, or apple cake. The choice is yours!

Packed with delicious recipes and in-depth information on traditional cooking practices, this book will take you on a tour of Slovakia without stepping on a plane.

So, Bon Appetit or Dobry Chut!

“Nice hard cover, great pictures, recipes are easy. Great gift for a friend” – Linda Dachova

About the author

Herlin Cruising was raised in former Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia. After finishing her studies, she went to the United States and has been working on cruise ships and luxury cruise liners for over 22 years. She worked as a waitress, a hostess, and a room service manager. She is the author of children’s coloring books, guests’ books, and diaries. Herlin’s Slovak cookbook proves one more time that anyone can cook.

3. Slovak Cuisine: The Best of Slovak Republic

Unlike Chinese or Italian dishes, there is no real “Slovak cuisine” really well known and popular around the world. However people of Slovakia are often served meals that are only typical in Slovakia. It blends a mixture of influences from around Central Europe with its own very distinctive culinary character. A young nation with ancient roots, it has a proud tradition for delicious and hearty food made from ingredients hailing from the countryside. If you arrive in Slovakia with an empty stomach, you are sure to leave with a full one.

This practical guide is full of simple and down to earth recipes for those who would like to experiment with Slovak cuisine at home. It’s a delightful and a lightweight paperback that can be quite handy when you plan your next trip to Slovakia. It’s conveniently divided into three sections: Soups, Main Course, and Desserts. Simple, concise, and easy to digest (figuratively, not literally!)

Under the Soup section, it’s important to note Bryndza soup (Demikat), which is made with sheep cheese, has a very distinct flavor and smell. The soup itself has a velvety texture and is seasoned with paprika and black pepper.

A section on main courses would be incomplete without potato dumplings with Bryndza cheese (Bryndzove Haluske), one of the national dishes of Slovakia. What is not to love here?

The dessert section features the most popular Slovak desserts: meringue cookies (Laskonsky) and poppyseed rolls (Makovnik), desserts that are traditionally enjoyed over a cup of warm tea or coffee.

This pocket cookbook also contains a section on volume conversion, temperature conversion, and length conversion; an ideal guide for those that are new to Slovak cuisine with all the basic dishes explained.

“Love it. Slovak cooking is great” – Melissa Thompson

About the author

Lukas Prochazka is a skilled cook and an author of many cookbooks whose books are being sold worldwide. He was born in a small town in the north of Czechia and been drawn to cooking since a very young age. He is an expert on ethnic cuisines, an avid traveler, and the author of more than 20 cookbooks mostly focused on Europe. He wrote his first cookbook in 2012 which has gained international recognition and since then he has been continuously delivering books based on his own encounters with the regional cuisines.

4. My Slovak Kitchen

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My Slovak Kitchen is a delightful cookbook and can appeal to readers that love Slovak cuisine as well as dishes that have other European influences (Polish, German, Czech and more). These are the recipes the author grew up eating. The recipes were meticulously collected from recipe cards and notes from various family members, which makes the book very special.

In Slovakia, a historically agrarian society, food is fuel. Traditional Slovak cuisine provided high-energy, low-cost, and quick-prep sustenance to peasants, herders, and laborers. Slovak food, therefore, leans heavily toward potatoes, bread, cabbage, onions, dairy, poultry, pork, and pulses.

Whether you want to enjoy a hot bowl of lentil soup, a bean and pork soup to warm you up on a cold day, or to impress friends making that delicious goulash in a large kettle or cauldron over an open fire outdoors – this book will provide you with step by step recipes to make that Slovak food day particularly memorable. Paprika, marjoram, cloves, pepper, and bay leaf are pretty much the basic spices that you will need in your pantry for whipping up the Slovak fair. Every recipe in this book comes with beautiful high-resolution images of its cultural dishes.

“I love the recipes in this book! So easy to follow and delicious” – Amazon customer

About the author

Peter Petrzala is a self-taught chef and a product designer specializing in virtual design solutions. He started experimenting with various dishes while in college and always returned to his Slovak roots. He combined his passion for cooking and knowledge of design by producing this wonderful cookbook. 

5. Baba’s Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes & Traditions

As old country traditions fade, it’s becoming much harder to find authentic Slovak recipes that would remind you of your grandmother’s cooking. Baba’s Kitchen represents the restoration of an entire culinary heritage that previously existed only in the memories of the cooks themselves, or in the form of yellowing scraps of paper.

It’s a thoroughly researched cookbook on authentic Slovak homestyle cooking. This little book is full of recipes of foods that Slovak grandmother cooked. The author writes that some of her fondest memories from her childhood are the times spent in her Baba’s kitchen. “The aromas of fresh bread baking in the oven and chicken soup simmering on the stove, the blending together voices young and old, and my grandmother in her apron and babushka, provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere for her family. The kitchen served as the center of the home and as the place where some of life’s important lessons were taught and learned. Simple principles of generosity, honesty and love”.  

This nostalgic find literally takes you to that kitchen where grandmother is busy preparing holubky (stuffed cabbage), bobalky ( little dough balls tossed in a sweet poppyseed topping), ceregi (Slovak doughnuts), pirohi (Slovak ravioli filled with cheese or prunes), Paska bread and Halushki  (little dumplings made with potatoes).

Baba’s Kitchen is a collection of recipes and traditions passed down through the generations of the author’s family. Everyday recipes are included in the book alongside sets of traditional Slovak recipes for cookies and cakes. Dishes are simple to prepare, they are tasty, and grounded in their roots. This book would make a superb present to all those that appreciate homestyle Slovak cooking. It’s a rare find and a tribute to the author’s grandmothers and all Rusyn and Slovak women everywhere who continue to preserve and share their traditions, rituals, and food.

“Yes, this book certainly met my expectations. I love the stories and the recipes. Reminded me of my Slovak grandmother, who we called Baba. She was the best cook in the world” – Patricia Casimiro

About the author

Lisa Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor and internationally recognized lecturer specializing in Eastern European (check out our guide on the Best Czech Cookbooks), research and nonfiction writing. She is the author of 11 books including the award-winning Three Slovak Women and hundreds of magazine articles. She has been inspiring others to research and write about their ancestors for over 20 years and has presented more than 50 webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.  Lisa resides in Ithaca, New York.

6. Czech & Slovak Food & Cooking

Czech & Slovak Food & Cooking
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In the introduction, the author writes about the Czech and Slovak food culture and culinary customs as well as beer and winemaking traditions. Several pages of the introduction are dedicated to the classic ingredients used in the cuisines of the two countries.

The book’s subtitle is 75 Authentic Recipes from the Heart of Europe and this is exactly what the book is about. It presents Czech and Slovak recipes in five chapters:

·         Soups

·         Snacks, Appetizers, and Light Meals

·         Fish, Meat, and Game

·         Sweet Mains and Vegetarian Dishes

·         Desserts and Baking

Each recipe is accompanied by stunning, mouth-watering, and appetizing photographs (from prep work to final dish) and nutritional information. For all recipes, quantities are given both in metric and imperial units or cups and spoons where necessary.  

This cookbook is a true exploration of the classic cuisines of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It’s an invaluable guide to those who are eager to learn about the fascinating culinary heritage of the region.

“Excellent introduction to Czech and Slovak cooking. Easy recipes and relevant information” – Amazon customer

About the author

Ivana Veruzabova was born in the Czech Republic and moved to the UK with her family when she was 11. Her parents ran a Slovak-Czech restaurant  in West Hampstead, north-west of London. Ivana completed her law degree and has worked in the restaurant industry for over five years. Ivana resides in London.

7. The Anniversary Slovak-American Cookbook

This cookbook was first published in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association in 1952. It includes favorite Slovak and American recipes collected through years by members of the organization. These dishes and tried and true recipes were special treats from the society members’ mothers and grandmothers that were to be passed on to future generations.

The Anniversary Slovak-American Cookbook is more like an encyclopedia that can make readers nostalgic and reminisce of the old times and traditions. With more than 400 pages of recipes, this wonderful cookbook has several sections on appetizers, beverages, breads, cakes, candies, canning, eggs, cheese, casseroles, meats, fish, salads, soups, sandwiches, and many more. It even has a section on household tips and tricks, table setting, and wedding anniversaries.

The Anniversary Slovak-American Cookbook can be viewed as a window into the diets of Slovak immigrants in 1950’s U.S.A. An absolute must-have, this classic collection will bring the Slovak culinary tradition to your home and your table.

“Lots of old recipes. It gives multiple recipes for similar dishes. I love it. You can find your Grandmother’s version. Brings back lots of good memories.” – Colorado

About the author

Written and published by the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Union, Ohio. The cookbook is in its 26th printing. The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Union offers the cookbook as one of the ways they promote and preserve Slovak heritage and culture among the members and the community.

8. Czech & Slovak Kolache & Sweet Treats

It’s hard to imagine this little book contains more than 100 traditional Czech and Slovak Kolache recipes and sweet treats!

Besides creamy sauces, roasted meats, and dumplings, Czech and Slovak cuisine are also well known for sweet pastries made with leavened (or yeast) dough. This region loves baking, and the skill is often passed from generation to generation. Despite the current day and age calling for more fancy and modern desserts that appeal to kids, the old-fashioned, traditional and pure Czech and Slovak desserts stand their ground.

This book has recipes featuring Kolache in its many variations and other Eastern European sweets and treats: Pusinky (kisses), Listky (leaves), Rakvicky (little coffins), bars, puddings, fried pastries, and poppyseed cake are all presented in this compact book.

The Kolache recipes are, however, in the center of the book’s attention.

A Kolache is a Czech and Slovak pastry. It’s a type of sweet pastry that holds a portion of fruit. It’s an everyday comfort food that can be served at breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner! In Czech and Slovak homes, Kolache is a staple and served quite frequently. Among the most favored are a poppy seed and sugar mixture, or pears and plum jam.

If you want to go on a baking trip, this book is for you! The recipes are quite simple, so it’s a nice introductory to those that are learning to bake. The book is well designed with excellent directions. It will make a perfect gift for someone who is not planning on giving up on their sweet fix or it will just find a cozy corner on your kitchen shelf.

“Wonderful recipes! Just a very handy little kitchen aid book of recipes for those of us that love Eastern European delicacies. Highly recommended!” – Mike E. 

About the author

The book was written and published by The Museum Guild of the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

9. Traditional Czech and Slovak Cuisine

Czech Republic and Slovakia used to be a united country till 1993, but their separation never affected their relationship or made any significant changes to the food enjoyed in both countries.

This beautifully illustrated cookbook explores dozens of recipes inherited for generations, together with easy charts with ingredients in both imperial and metric units. It contains more than 40 easy-to-follow delicious recipes, offers tips and tricks, and showcases lots of colorful illustrations to make your cooking more vibrant.

Traditional Czech and Slovak Cuisine is conveniently divided into three sections: Soups, Main Courses, and Sweets. From velvet garlic soup to robust beef goulash, you will find enough recipes to tantalize your taste buds.

This cookbook will help you to discover a variety of cultural dishes and notice the subtle differences and similarities between the cuisines of two different republics that were once called Czechoslovakia.  

“I am totally satisfied with this book. The recipes are very easy to make and incredibly elegant. The pictures of each recipe help you a lot to get a good idea of how your finished recipes look” – Kindle Customer

About the author

Martin Vadlejch was born in the Czech Republic. He grew up in a small city. He has been passionate about food and cooking since he was a kid and always helped his parents in the kitchen. Martin has been improving his cooking skills for more than ten years and worked at several restaurants. His first book, Traditional Czech Cuisine Cookbook, was published in 2012.

10. The Best of Slovak Cooking

When we try and describe Slovak food, the following words come to our minds: filling, robust, peppery, comforting, delicious, sumptuous, and satisfying…and this list certainly isn’t exhaustive. 

The Best of Slovak Cooking brings together the best of the tried and true recipes, adapted from original edition copies for the modern kitchen. Over 100 easy-to-follow recipes are featured in this book including a classic collection of favorites such as stuffed peppers, mushroom soup with sauerkraut, dumplings, and braided bread.

These Slovak dishes are both simple and elegant, economical and luxurious to some though some of the most delicious are made with plain and natural ingredients which brings us to a conclusion: The Slovak cuisine is indeed delectable and unforgettable.

“This is a good cookbook, with very easy to understand recipes with different variations of recipes like goulash, potato soup etc.” – Bob Montgomery

About the author

The Best of Slovak Cooking (New Hippocrene Original Cookbooks)  is a perfect marriage of culinary insights from three authors: Sylvia Galova-Lorinc, John Lorinc and Sylvia Lorinc.

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