wow! I loved this book since I am a foodie and enjoy reading about food!! To say the least I read all my cookbooks!! Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is an original. Anya Von Bremzen has told the history of the Soviet Union through the story of her grandparents, her mother, and herself, with a special emphasis on food.
I loved her other book
which is full of recipes This book covers a wide variety of foods and regions. as well as info from the land.
I was not disappointed with the memoir of Russia. This does have some recipes in it but it is more like a companion to her other cookbook. This is the story of her life, her family and the Russians during the wa all with food as the focal point!. Five stars for this and another five stars for "Please to the Table." If you love food and enjoy history, you'll want to read both.This is a must-read for anyone with any interest in the culture and society of the Soviet Union. The book traverses a century of political upheaval, wars, depression, state-sponsored propaganda and chicanery all around the unifying metaphor of food ---
Born in 1963, in an era of bread shortages, Anya grew up in a communal Moscow apartment where eighteen families shared one kitchen.A great mixture of food and history. Well worth the read. This is Something I will be reading out loud to my sisters while they sew in the evenings. I advise anyone who is fascinated by Russia to read it.
A sample from the book " Guests! They never stopped crowding Mom’s doorstep, whether at our apartment in the center of Moscow or at the boxy immigrant dwelling in Philadelphia where she and I landed in 1974". There is a little langue I am not quite sure about but overlooking that I really enjoyed it! Yet it is not a book to be read all at once but a bit hear and there!This volume will remain in my collection forever and I am afraid will never make it to my sister as a birthday gift! This is a truly different way to learn about the culture and people of Russia!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."