Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing - Anya Von Bremzen

 

“Soviet cooking” seems like an oxymoron, considering that during most of the USSR’s existence food was in short supply. Yet in Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking (Crown, $26), award-winning food writer Anya Von Bremzen gives us a fascinating and often surprising look at the history of the USSR and her own family through the lens of food (or the lack thereof). She is a talented memoirist, and the book is much more than just a list of recipes and favorite dishes. Von Bremzen and her mother recreate classic pre-Revolution fare, prepare Stalin’s Deathday Dinner, and devise their own version of Salat Olivier (which Von Bremzen calls a “salady Soviet icon”). This touching memoir is a must-read regardless of your familiarity with Soviet cuisine (and yes, a recipe for borscht is included in the back).

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780307886811
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 17th, 2013

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307886828
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Published: Broadway Books - September 16th, 2014

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