Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

Anya van Bremzen   relates an interesting and unsettling tale of the history of Soviet and pre-Revolution cooking that ranges from stories of the extravagant Imperial meals to the meals enjoyed during dark rationing days.  The book is full of sagas about the bleak Soviet era with its progroms, famines, murders and tortures.

Van Bremzen also tells the stories of her family, including her strong grandmother Liza and her grandfather, who worked in Naval Intelligence.  She also shares her reminiscences about her Soviet childhood and her mother's memories of her childhood in the 1930s.

I liked this, but I'd advise you not to read it on holiday!  Choose a happier book.


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