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Doc ☆ Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking ✓ 339 pages Download ☆ A celebrated food writer captures the flavors of the Soviet experience in a sweeping tragicomic multi generational memoir that brilliantly illuminates the history and culture of a vanished empireProust had his madeleine; Narnia's EdmundLies shared one kitchen Anya grew up singing odes to Lenin black marketeering Juicy Fruit gum at her school and like most Soviet citizens longing for a taste of the mythical West It was a life by turns absurd drab naively joyous melancholy and finally intolerable to her anti Soviet mother When she was ten the two of them fled the political repression of Brezhnev era Russia arriving in Philadelphia with no winter coats and no right of returnThese days Anya lives in two parallel food universes one in which she writes about four star restaurants the other in which a simple banana a once a year treat back in the USSR still holds an almost talismanic sway over her psyche So much than the memoir of its title; this is part family history part socio political history part cookbook The author traces the rise and fall of the USSR by decade from the 1910s to the 2010s using food as the milestone markers of the journey Von Bremzen's writing has an engaging fairly irreverent style allowing her to deliver both the tragedy and the comedy of the era in such a way that the reader can choose whether to laugh or cry I am in awe of how much I learned from reading this bookA few things I will take away from it a desire to try kulebiaka it seems almost sacrilegious to categorise this as a 'fish pie' dish Russian salad is actually called salat Olivier recognition that we the universal we have a long way to go in terms of sustainable repurposing of consumer packaging materials a thirst to understand what happened during those early Putin years to turn Russia's fortunes around so dramatically research reuiredHowever while I admire the author her family and the book itself I wouldn't say any of it has ignited any grand passion in me for Russian cuisine

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To make sense of that past she and her mother decided to eat and cook their way through seven decades of the Soviet experience Through the meals she and her mother re create Anya tells the story of three generations her grandparents' her mother's and her own Her family's stories are embedded in a larger historical epic of Lenin's bloody grain reuisitioning World War II hunger and survival Stalin's table manners Khrushchev's kitchen debates Gorbachev's anti alcohol policies and the ultimate collapse of the USSR And all of it is bound together by Anya's sardonic wit passionate nostalgia and piercing observationsThis is that rare book that stirs our souls and our sens Rare is the book that hits so many different intellectual and emotional notes Rare is the book that can discuss the ideologies of food at all never mind its semiotics and psychoemotional registers too all while critiuing not one but two economic political systems This book is masterly My only reservation with it is that its attention to emotional detail makes it at times a heavy read I find this point uite interesting because I own one of her cookbooks and part of what I appreciate about That book is how little emotional detail is given in the recipe preambles it's all about the food This time it's all about what the food Means I have never learned so much from a food memoir in part because I have been largely ignorant of the details the real gritty details of daily life in Russia in the Soviet period and the thing is you don't realize how little you know and how much there was to know about surviving those years The contradictions stay with me Anya selling Western treasures such as Juicy Fruit gum to other children gum she receives from the children of diplomats and uses the cash to skip ballet lessons and order luxurious small meals for herself oblivious to her mother's struggles and humiliations in order to feed herI'll never forget the scene with the bloody stumps of body parts in her purse Her mother's efforts to feed her to try to raise her amidst the surreal madness are the stuff of daily heroism The bananas The new years' trees And of course the kulebiake kasha stuffed fish plus dried sturgeon spine encased in pastry dough a dish that has received inordinate attention this year thanks to the New Yorker piece on Buford's food sleuthing with Daniel Boulud That was a terrific article but it's seems they need not have worked so hard they could have called Von BremzenAll smart people must read this book if only to remind themselves of the limits of that descriptor but I also recommend it on audio where Von Bremzen's voicing conveys buckets of disdain for American peanut butter and the other mass produced grotesueries that the very poor wind up designating as food I'm not sure when I'll stop hearing her say in my head American peanut butter Which is fine This is a book that will stay with me for a long while

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Mastering the Art of Soviet CookingA celebrated food writer captures the flavors of the Soviet experience in a sweeping tragicomic multi generational memoir that brilliantly illuminates the history and culture of a vanished empireProust had his madeleine; Narnia's Edmund had his Turkish delight Anya von Bremzen has vobla rock hard salt cured dried Caspian roach fish Lovers of vobla risk breaking a tooth or puncturing a gum on the once popular snack but for Anya it's transporting Like kotleti Soviet burgers or the festive Salat Olivier it summons up the complex bittersweet flavors of life in that vanished Atlantis called the USSR There born in 1963 in a Kafkaesue communal apartment where eighteen fami I read this back in 2013 and my review at the time still holds true I reread it for a book club and I'm looking forward to our discussion and might add afterwardsWhat I found really striking this time through is the concept of nostalgia and how we can long for and idealize things or people or times that weren't necessarily good but they were known or our experience In Soviet Russia maybe this is the only thing to cling to ;