Raisa Stone tells Ukrainian and Canadian legends, performs dynamic spoken word poetry, and sings a song or two.
"Baba" is the respectful title given Slavic female elders, who pass down tribal stories, wisdom and attitude.
Take a seat at Raisa's table. Leave a chair empty to welcome an ancestor.
We are here because of the love and stories of thousands before.
We acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts.
Several videos contain a slight windy sound, as this project was
conducted mainly during a prolonged heat wave that with humidity,
reached 103 degrees F. There were multiple cooling devices around myself and my Project Supervisor bunny Boryslav, who endured the heat in his fur coat. Because he is a rock star.
Raisa's book, Baba's Kitchen: Ukrainian Soul Food is a rollicking journey through the 44,000 year old history of Ukraine's Indigenous people, alternately as deep and dark, playful and humorous as the Slavic soul---Joseph Conrad, Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Palance and Andy Warhol are Ukrainian. Also: horse taming, helicopters, immunology, radiology, bows and arrows, bridles/bits/saddles, the most prolific goddess culture artifacts, and PANTS.
Oh, and food. Lots of food. Raisa has spent a lifetime collecting outrageous stories and recipes from Communist and Holocaust survivors. And put her own twist on them. She is just one of those people who attracts adventure, and plunges right in.
Rosie's Rescue is a book for animal loving children eight years plus, especially horse crazy ones.
"Baba’s Kitchen is a fluid narrative created in the voice of a fictional character, Baba, who expounds on all manner of humorous subjects and cultural lore. Based on the particular nature of the manuscript, we admitted the title as a humorous essay, albeit one that can also be used as a companion to Ukrainian cuisine."
~Canada Council for the Arts, Public Lending Rights Program, which compensates authors for library use of our books