Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Fuel Publishing (September 29, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.9 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Terrific book, lots of great ideas. A rich selection from snacks, soups, main dishes and desserts. Quite easy to follow. Whereas some items would not be typically encountered here (roast pig, rabbit) the bulk of the material is available locally. Only disappointment I had no potato dishes. I think I'll try to make Kvass. Or how about Chicken Kiev? Or that old stand by Golubtsy.
What a strange little cook book. The illustrations take the reader back to another day and age and the recipes, while not as good as those I grew up with, are still worth a try. The book is small and the binding is typical of the old Soviet method of binding. Speaking of small, the book is a lot smaller than one might expect for the price, but the contents are what it's about.
Highly entertaining-I purchased this book for my husband, a VERY Americanized Russian who grew up in Northern Siberia. He loved it and I found it equally fascinating. It is perfectly written, very kitchy and provides a very clear context for the Soviet mass-managed food movement. I learned so much! I don't know if I will make the recipes, but I intend to order many more copies for gifts. (hurry and print more!!!)
Although I wouldn't feel inclined to follow any of its recipes, it gives a very interesting insight into the dishes of that time and place. The pictures and the ingredients ooze austerity and effort.And I do like the binding in itself, and additionally would find it very useful were I to follow any of the recipes, as it allows the book to stay open and flat at any page of choice.
A very interesting, compact, oblique history of the Soviet Union told through food.You can see the illustrations want to show bounty, plenty, sufficiency, but at those exact points where all this stops, you can also see the creeping paucity. There are parallels to recognise in our own (UK) post-war food-coupon economy, but the images in this book are shaded by the extra knowledge of a planned economy that intentionally produced the epic tragedies of gulags and starvation.My favourite illustration is the one of the jar and two tins of fish, one invitingly open, all against a backdrop of trawler afloat on a choppy, freezing Baltic Sea.
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