Baba's Kitchen Medicines

Baba's Kitchen Medicines

Folk Remedies of Ukrainian Settlers in Western Canada

Book - 2012
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Baba's Kitchen Medicines is the culmination of Michael Mucz's prolonged primary research into Ukrainian-Canadian folk history. This book bursts with the cultural memory of pioneering folk from Canada's praireland. From fever to frostbite, this incomparable compendium of tinctures, poultices, salves, decoctions, infusions, plasters, and tonics will fascinate and often mortify readers from all walks of life. The comprehensiveness of Mucz's research and interviews framed with deftly painted historical, cultural, and botanical backgrounds guarantee that this chapter of the Canadian story will continue to be told for generations to come. It is a deep, charming, and often moving work of intricate anthropology that will stir the scholar and the non-specialist alike.



Wayne State
Michael Mucz's prolonged primary research into Ukrainian-Canadian folk history culminates in Baba's Kitchen Medicines. This book bursts with the cultural memory of pioneering folk from Canada's prairieland. From fever to frostbite, this incomparable compendium of tinctures, poultices, salves, decoctions, infusions, plasters, and tonics will fascinate and often mortify readers from all walks of life. The comprehensiveness of Mucz's research and interviews framed with deftly painted historical, cultural, and botanical backgrounds guarantee that this chapter of the Canadian story will continue to be told for generations to come. It is a deep, charming, and often moving work of intricate anthropology that will stir scholar and non-specialist alike.

Book News
Mucz (botany and ecology, U. of Alberta-Augustana Campus, Camrose) connected his profession with his own heritage by interviewing 191 descendants of Ukrainians who settled in western Canada during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, about how they kept themselves and each other healthy without medical professionals and commercial drugs. Among his topics are ancient healing practices, healers in the Ukrainian settlements, health conditions treated, homestead healing resources, and traditional healing preparations. He asked his informants about many aspects of pioneer life, and says this is but the first in a series of books based on their responses. A number of monochrome photographs are included. Distributed in the US by Michigan University Press. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell Publishing
From fever to frostbite, this encyclopedic compilation of tinctures, poultices, salves, decoctions, infusions, plasters, and tonics will fascinate and often mortify readers from all walks of life. Baba's Kitchen Medicines is an incomparable compendium brimming with the cultural memory of Ukrainian settlers from the Canadian prairies.

The comprehensiveness of Mucz's research, framed with deftly painted historical, cultural, and botanical backgrounds, guarantees that this chapter of Canadian folk history will be kept alive for generations to come.

Baba's Kitchen Medicines is a thorough, charming, and often moving work of anthropology, history, and ethnobotany that will find itself at home on all manner of bookshelves.

Publisher: Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780888645142
0888645147
Characteristics: xxv, 265 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm

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