Belegai, Michael M. [Belegaĭ, M. M.], or, [Michael M. Bellegay]; Leontyny Luchakivs’koi [Leontyny Luchakivs’ka], et al. Ukrains’ko-angliiskyi kukhar; Starokraieva chast’ zladzhena pislia Leontyny Luchakivs’koi; Angliis’ka chast’ pislia: “Vait Havz Kuk Buk” i “Faif Rozes Kuk Buk” ; [English Title: “Ukrainian-English Cook Book; Ukrainian Part: How to prepare dishes in an Old Country way after Leontyny Luchakivs’ka; English Part: “White House Cook Book” and “Five Roses Cook Book.” [First Printed Ukrainian-Canadian Cookbook]. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Nakladom “Ukr. Vydavnychoii Spilky” “Pros’vita” | Box 22 Edmonton, Alberta [Publisher / “Ukrainian Publishers Co-operation” / “Pros’vita” [i.e., Ukrainian organization for the promotion of education and culture among the people] / Box 22 Edmonton, Alberta], 1917. Revised Edition. pp. -4, 6-223. 224. 12mo., measuring 20.5 × 14.5 cm. Illustrated, dark-green, thrice-stapled, card covers bearing an image of a young girl stirring a bowl atop a small stool, an image likely borrowed from early iterations of the ‘Five Roses Cook Book’. Small vignette illustrations throughout. Extremities show spotting and rubbing to the covers, edges chipped, small loss of the lower-right margin of the front cover (covers remain firmly attached to the text-block). Period pencil name, and small notation to the title page, else, contents remain remarkably well-preserved with overwhelmingly clean and unmarked pages, some age-toning (as is to be expected for a volume of this age), closed tear through the centre of p. 35, strictly without loss and unaffecting the text, publisher’s small punch-hole to the upper-left corner (likely used as a means of securing the book with a string). One of the earliest known Ukrainian-Canadian cookbooks, if not the first, it is rich with traditional recipes by and for the significant Ukrainian diaspora present in Canada and the United States; accompanied with selections from the “White House Cook Book” and “Five Roses Cook Book” rendered into Ukrainian. See Driver’s citation (p. 1046, A34.1) in “Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks”. Of the author, Driver states: “Under the name Michael M. Bellegay, this author wrote a number of Ukrainian and English-language books, on subjects other than cookery, through the first half of the twentieth century.” Exceptionally rare in commerce, our offering being the only extant copy available at time of cataloguing. Equally rare amongst institutional holdings. Indeed, this title remains, by all accounts, unrecorded in OCLC; not found in Peel, BAC/LAC, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Guelph University Archives & Special Collections, et al. Rare indeed. Card Covers.
“Apart from the publisher’s address in English on the title-page, the book is in Ukrainian. The publisher’s note on p. 3 refers to an earlier Ukrainian language cookbook published in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that was difficult to understand because it used an older, pre–First World War form of the language (I have not identified this work, which would be the first Ukrainian cookbook published in Canada). The publisher explains that this new book is easy to understand and presents both Old Country recipes and ‘Anglo-American’ recipes based on the two cookbooks named on the title-page. He adds that the recipes chosen are basic ones for the most important dishes, they cover cooking and baking, and are economical. Another advantage, he asserts, is that the book uses the exact recipe names for the Canadian or American recipes, put into the Ukrainian alphabet. The two North American books used as sources for the recipes were both successful publications. Five Roses Cook Book (Q79.1), which supplied the ‘Anglo’ recipes, was first published in Montreal in 1913 and, by the time of the 1915 edition, it boasted a copy in over 950,000 Canadian homes; it was a promotional vehicle for Five Roses Flour made by Lake of the Woods Milling Co. in Winnipeg. The White House Cook Book, by Hugo Zieman and Mrs Fanny Lea Camp Gillette, first published in Chicago in 1887, had been through numerous American editions by the time of Belegai’s Ukrainian cookbook. American editions were commonly owned by Canadians and there was a Canadian edition published in Toronto, copyright 1899 (O93.1). See also M128.1, Ukrainian-English Cook Book, which also features recipes by Luchakivs’ka and material from The White House Cook Book.” [Source: Driver, E. (2008). Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks, 1825–1949 (Studies in Book and Print Culture). University of Toronto Press.] (#4717) $645.00