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

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

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A James Beard Award-winning writer captures life under the Red socialist banner in this wildly inventive, tragicomic memoir of feasts, famines, and three generations
Born in 1963, in an era of bread shortages, Anya grew up in a communal Moscow apartment where eighteen families shared one kitchen. She sang odes to Lenin, black-marketeered Juicy Fruit gum at school, watched her father brew moonshine, and, like most Soviet citizens, longed for a taste of the mythical West. It was a life by turns absurd, naively joyous, and melancholy--and ultimately intolerable to her anti-Soviet mother, Larisa. When Anya was ten, she and Larisa fled the political repression of Brezhnev-era Russia, arriving in Philadelphia with no winter coats and no right of return.
Now Anya occupies two parallel food universes: one where she writes about four-star restaurants, the other where a taste of humble "kolbasa" transports her back to her scarlet-blazed socialist past. To bring that past to life, Anya and her mother decide to eat and cook their way through every decade of the Soviet experience. Through these meals, and through the tales of three generations of her family, Anya tells the intimate yet epic story of life in the USSR. Wildly inventive and slyly witty, "Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking" is that rare book that stirs our souls and our senses.

ANYA VON BREMZEN is one of the most accomplished food writers of her generation: the winner of three James Beard awards; a contributing editor at "Travel + Leisure" magazine; and the author of five acclaimed cookbooks, among them "The New Spanish Table," "The Greatest Dishes: Around the World in 80 Recipes," and "Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook" (coauthored by John Welchman). She also contributes regularly to "Food & Wine" and "Saveur" and has written for "The New Yorker, Departures," and the "Los Angeles Times." She divides her time between New York City and Istanbul.

ISBN: 9780307886811

ISBN-10: 9780307886811

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Publication Date: 09/17/2013 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/17/2013 - 12:00am

Pages: 338

Language: English


Personal Memoirs

Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union

Regional & Ethnic - Russian