Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing

Anya Von Bremzen


A James Beard Award-winning author captures existence lower than the purple socialist banner during this wildly artistic, tragicomic memoir of feasts, famines, and 3 generations  
 
     Born in 1963, in an period of bread shortages, Anya grew up in a communal Moscow house the place eighteen households shared one kitchen. She sang odes to Lenin, black-marketeered Juicy Fruit gum at college, watched her father brew moonshine, and, like such a lot Soviet voters, longed for a flavor of the legendary West. It used to be a existence by means of turns absurd, naively joyous, and melancholy—and eventually insupportable to her anti-Soviet mom, Larisa. while Anya was once ten, she and Larisa fled the political repression of Brezhnev-era Russia, arriving in Philadelphia with out iciness coats and no correct of go back.
     Now Anya occupies parallel foodstuff universes: one the place she writes approximately four-star eating places, the opposite the place a flavor of humble kolbasa transports her again to her scarlet-blazed socialist previous. To deliver that earlier to existence, Anya and her mother decide to consume and prepare dinner their means via each decade of the Soviet event. via those food, and during the stories of 3 generations of her relatives, Anya tells the intimate but epic tale of lifestyles within the USSR. Wildly artistic and slyly witty, Mastering the paintings of Soviet Cooking is that infrequent booklet that stirs our souls and our senses.

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