My favourite sort of cookbook. . . this is a rich gift of a book for which this mamushka is very grateful!" - Nigella Lawson
“The hottest new voice in food” – delicious. magazine
Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus before moving to the UK to study a BA in Italian, followed by an MA in Russian and English. She worked as a reporter for Screen International before her interest in food as an amateur reached its apogee and she decided to retrain to be a chef at Leith's School of Food and Wine. She kicked off her culinary career working at Fulham's Union Market with Aaron Craze before landing her dream job as chef-de-partie at Ottolenghi's. After having her son, and filming for The Food Network, Olia began writing for Sainsbury's, The Recipe Kit, and The Guardian.
Olia was awarded the Observer's Rising Star in Food Award 2015. Her next book, Summer Kitchen, was bought by Bloomsbury in a heated auction and will publish in 2020.
From the winner of the Observer's Rising Star Award and Fortnum & Mason Debut Food Book Award 2016 comes a celebration of the food and flavours of the Caucasus - bridging Europe and Asia and incorporating Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Russia and Turkey. Olia Hercules introduces us to more than 100 recipes for vibrant, earthy, unexpected dishes from across the region such as Plum fruit leather, Chestnut plov with pumpkin crust, Quince stuffed with lamb & carmalised shallots, Vine leaf dolma, Village breakfast, Khachapouri, Armenian "cognac" profiteroles and Red basil sherbet.
In November 2017, KAUKASIS was named by Bee Wilson as one of her Books of the Year for the Times Literary Supplement.
Press for Kaukasis:
Publishers Weekly - Fall 2017 Cookbooks
Epicurious - Fall Cookbook Preview
Tasting Table - Best New Cookbooks for Fall
Food52 - Our Fall Cookbook Must Haves
Saveur - Best Fall Cookbooks
MAMUSHKA won the Best Debut Food Book category at the Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards.
MAMUSHKA was shortlisted in the Best Food Book category at the Andre Simon Awards.
MAMUSHKA was shortlisted in the First Book Award category at the Guild of Food Writer's Awards.
Praise for Olia Hercules:
"Olia Hercules, a born storyteller, has travelled through Georgia, Azerbaijan and beyond, and has brought back dazzling recipes... The writing is moving, and Elena Heatherwick's photography wonderfully evocative and intelligent"- The Telegraph
"Exotic, earthy dishes, vibrant colours, big flavours. This is real cooking, written about with so much love." - Diana Henry
"Ukrainian born chef Olia Hercules has been hailed as the new Ottolenghi." - Town & Country magazine
"I confess I think i have a slight crush on Olia Hercules, well at least on her cooking. Her Mamushka cookbook. . . is a handsomely produced work of well-crafted recipes (who knew beetroot broth could look so beautiful?) Highly recommended." - Observer Food Monthly
"Olia Hercules has made it her business to bring something different to the table." - Khoolect
"Packed full of vibrant Ukranian recipes, Olia Hercules. . . will enchant your kitchen this summer." - Grazia
“Finally. Been waiting for this book all year. mamushka by @oliahercules will be *the* book of 2015. Stunning.” – Dan Doherty
“Gorgeous #Mamushka by @OliasGastronomy SO interesting! Ukrainian, Moldovian, Georgian recipes & more!” – Sabrina Ghayour
"Going to make lots of these dishes.” – Henry Dimbleby
“So beautiful.” – Dan Lepard
“So many glorious recipes. This year’s Honey & Co., mark my words.” – Fiona Beckett
“Wow!” – Thane Prince
"A sensitive, personal journey expressed through the beauty of food - just wonderful." - Jamie Oliver
"Olia Hercules is a storyteller-foodwriter, and a wholly original voice in the kitchen - there's not a recipe of hers I don't want to cook immediately." - Nigella Lawson
"This is an incredible book - as I began to leaf through I started to smile, and I didn't stop." - Diana Henry
"Each recipe has a story, making this a fascinating read as well as a stunning cookbook." - BBC Good Food
"If the cooking of the Caucasian region isn't yet on your radar, it soon will be. (...) These gorgeous, flavour-packed recipes will give you a taste of what you've been missing." - delicious. magazine
"Hercules transforms the “unknown” into an accessible, beautiful and in many instances a mouthwatering cuisine." - The Independent
"Olia Hercules's Kaukasis... is a wonderful mix of regional history, family stories and astonishingly colourful recipes from Georgia, Azerbaikan and Armenia. Recipes include...a dumpling broth not so quick to make, but soulfully good." - Rose Prince, The Spectator.
"While capturing the differences between the cooking of the various countries of the Caucasus, Hercules argues that the culture of the region is intertwined and that this is seen in food. Her flavours are both exciting and soothing." - Bee Wilson, for The Guardian's Best Books on Food of 2017
"A beautiful, often lyrical journey around the Caucasus, Georgia, Azerbajian and beyond, Hercules takes the reader to lands way beyond the usual culinary beat. The pictures are sumptuous, the stories fascinating, and the recipes exotic and homely." - Tom Parker Bowles, for Mail On Sunday's picks for The Year's Best Reads (2017)
"Olia Hercules has single-handedly brought the cooking of the Caucasus to the radar: Kaukasis, her latest, has dishes from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan which are a revelation in flavours." - Melanie McDonagh for Evening Standard's Best Cookbooks of 2017
'A wonderful follow up to Hercules’s first book, Mamushka, this volume takes us beyond her home country, Ukraine, to Georgia and Azerbaijan. The food is glorious – Georgian food really is the culinary ‘discovery’ of 2017 – and the storytelling is a joy: emotional and sincere. One of the stand-out titles of the year.' - Diana Henry for Waterstones's best books of the year (2017)