Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen
This is acclaimed author Anya Von Bremzen's newest book! Having enjoyed her cookbook ''Please To the Table'' for years, I was excited to read this one. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is really a honest telling of the author's life growing up in tumultuous Russia. In this auto-biography, Anya writes with unusual flair concerning memories of the food experienced-or not- in Russia.
I personally don't know if the title of the book represents the content completely. Rather, the subtitle reveals what the book is truly about. This is definitely a ''memoir of food and longing''! This account is completely honest, sometimes dubbed ''brutally honest!'' Truly, life in Communist Russia was far from delightful. I thought that since this book painted such a truthful picture of a normal citizen's life in Russia, it would be a good addition to curriculum for a study on Russia.
As for the recipes, there are several at the back of the book. I would not categorize this book as a cookbook; rather as a memoir with accompanying recipes.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.