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East Europe:Czech

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Spiral bound, 5-1/2 x 3-1/2", 160 pages, Penfield Press
This collection of recipes satisfies both the test of time and taste. Compiled with the the Guild of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the book includes recipes from the Phillips (Wisconsin) Czechoslovakian Community Festival Committee, Sokol of Greater Cleveland (Ohio), and friends of Penfield. This book celebrates the heartwarming and sustaining treats created by generations of Czech and Slovak cooks. Among the many varieties in flavor and preparation of the kolache is the "No Knead Refrigerator Kolache," used by the Phillips, Wisconsin, festival committee to prepare as many as 7,000 succulent rolls for their annual fete. Other recipes feature ease of preparation and an assortment of tastes. There are recipes for fillings made with fruits, cheese, sausage, sauerkraut, nuts, and the staple poppy seed.
Price: 6.95 USD




Spiral bound, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2", 160 pages, Penfield Press
ompiled by The Guild of the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library with Melinda Bradnan. Illustrations by Marj Nejdl.
Hunting morels and cooking them is popular in the Czech Republic as well as in the American midwest where Czech immigrants settled. Includes almost every imaginable method of preparing wild or domestic mushrooms.
Price: 6.95 USD



3 The Story of My Life
Frank Vlchek, edited by Winston Chrislock
208 pages, cloth, Kent State University
An engaging tale of life as an immigrant in Cleveland during the post-Civil War era and early twentieth century
The Story of My Life, originally published in Czechoslovakia in
1928, is the engaging and informative autobiography of Frank Vlchek, a Czech immigrant who became a successful businessman in Cleveland, Ohio, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The youngest of fourteen children, Vlchek was born to peasant parents in Budyn, southern Bohemia, in 1871. After attempting a career in blacksmithing in Bohemia, at the age of seventeen he decided to follow his two older sisters to Cleveland, home to America's second-largest Czech community.
Vlchek worked a variety of unsatisfactory jobs during his first years in Cleveland. In 1895 he opened his own smithing operation, which after a long struggle was transformed into a successful corporation that specialized in the manufacture of toolkits for automobiles. His narrative relates tales of labor issues, competitors, mergers and acquisitions, and the successes and travails of his operation. Vlchek was often able to travel home to Czechoslovakia, and during those trips he noted the different cultural and political attitudes that had evolved between Czechs and their Czech American cousins.
Vlchek's memoir provides a rare primary source about Czech immigrants. It also offers insight into a self-made man's life philosophy, illustrates relations between ethnic groups in Cleveland during the 1880s, and demonstrates the assimilation of a late-nineteenth-century immigrant in America.
Readers interested in immigration history as well as the history of Cleveland will enjoy this fascinating autobiography.

About Author
Winston Chrislock is professor of history at the University of
St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and specializes in immigration history and the history of East Central Europe, particularly the Danubian Basin.
Price: 34.95 USD

The Czechs in Oklahoma, Karel D. Bicha

4 The Czechs in Oklahoma
Karel D. Bicha
87 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, University of Oklahoma Press
This book is one of a series entitled "Newcomers to a New Land," which analyzes the role of the major ethnic groups that have contributed to the history of Oklahoma. Though not large in number as compared to some other states, immigrants from various European nations left a marked impact on Oklahoma's history. As in the larger United States, they worked in many economic and social roles that enriched the state's life. Indians have played a crucial part in Oklahoma's history, even to giving the state her name. Blacks and Mexicans have also fulfilled a special set of roles, and will continue to affect Oklahoma's future. The history of each of these groups is unique, well worth remembering to both their heirs and to other people in the state and nation. Their stories come from the past, but continue on to the future.
Price: 12.95 USD


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