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and pushed really pushed to get to trying to give it a pushed really pushed to get to 35% trying to give it a Anya failed miserably in her attempt to Articulate Her Genuine Experiences And Feelings Her her genuine experiences and feelings Her was all over the place I d pick Understanding Yandere Lovers up a tidbit of where she was going with her story and did everything in my power as a reader to stay engaged with where she was going but then she d veer off in another direction and would fall away from the through line It never felt like she was speaking to me When she s writing about food history or family she lacks real emotion She seemed conscious about sounding literary rather than actually sharing her true feelings with her reader This book for me was hugely disappointing Ever since I read the starred review of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking in the 24 June issue of Publishers Weekly I knew I had to get my hands on this book I was lucky to come across it in NetGalley which gave me a copy for review Inevitably a story about Soviet food is a chronicle of longing ofnreuited desireAnya Von Bremzen was born in the USSR and later emigrated to the United States with her mother Her James Beard award winning cookbook Please To The Table The Russian Cookbook was published in 1990 so her knowledge of the food of Russia is not to be disputed Instead of the regional focus that her cookbook had this memoir is divided into decades of Soviet Russia Each chapter takes a decade and discusses the historical events the food and how each impacted her personal story her family her ancestors her memories from 1910s into the twenty first centuryWhen I got to the end of the chapter on the Czars and there were no recipes I panicked Surely I couldn t move on from this book without a chance to make Kulebiaka She otes Chekhov s description of the dish from The Siren and then goes on to talk about the significance of the dish in her own family I wanted to try it immediately Thankfully Part V of the book features recipes from each chapter removed to the end for the sake of a continual narrativeEven the decades of Communism driven scarcity create a sort of nostalgia for Soviet sausages and dense bread that I was surprised to be feeling along with her The comparison she makes between those foods and the only food they could afford right after entering the country hot dogs and Wonderbread I had to wonder if they really are so different From reading how Lenin had a fondness for apple cake to the puzzling luxury of Salat Olivier I enjoyed reading about the very Russian foods and stories Highly recommendedHere is a bit that made me giggle a poster from the 1920s when housewives were being encouraged to stop cooking for their families and families were being forced to live communally The translation is Down with Kitchen Slavery I really felt this was three different books one about her family one about her and her food and one about Russia s history I really don t like how they ran together I found some sections confusing The history was dry and the food secondary to the story I wish she had written one great book about her trip back to Moscow to do the TV show and incorporated stories from the past that related to the food I felt that the chronological order really hampered the showcasing of the food In the least she should have put the recipes for each chapter in the chapter That might have helped to make the whole thing come together a little better 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 This book should be taught in. 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 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 p 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.
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it s well written and well researched But most of alls well written and well researched But most of all s accessible nostalgic without being cloying or overly sentimental and it s touching It happens to cover some of the subjects that interest me most food RussianSoviet history mother daughter relationships This book could ve been written for me I first took it out from the library but I saw immediately I wanted to own itEach chapter takes on a decade in the Soviet Union Von Bremzen where does the von come from chooses a dish that sort of symbolizes the events of that decade Actually there is "Less Food Talk Than I Expected I Guess I Thought "food talk than I expected I guess I thought would be sprinkled with recipes like Like Water for Chocolate or something The recipes are instead collected at the end of the book before the very valuable bibliography I learned so much I ve already checked out from my library one of the first books Von Bremzen mentions Classic Russian Cooking Elena Molokhovets a Gift to Young Housewives and there are many I d like to readSome things that stuck outthe Immortalization Commission the group concerned with embalming Lenin s corpse or Object No 1 as it became knowntoska a word for which there is no English euivalent At its deepest and most painful explains Vladimir Nabokov toska is a sensation of great spiritual anguish At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soulThis reminds me of a conversation I once had with the beautiful Lana W when we were novices on a SovietAmerican film production and she was trying to explain her childhoodmass song a vital tool in molding the new Soviet consciousness 1930s 1930s Karl Schl gel sums p the atmosphere of the times in his description of Red Suare Everything converges a ticker tape parade and a plebiscite on killing the atmosphere of a folk festival and the thirst for revenge a rollicking carnival and orgies of hate Red Suare at once fairground and gallowsnon soberco bottling1960s Anna Annushka Anya Anechka the irreverent An ka The peasant vernacular Anyuta and Anyutochka Nyura and Nyurochka Or Anetta in a self consciously ironic Russified French Or the lovely and formal Anna Sergeevna my name and patronymic straight out of Chekhov s The Lady with the Dog The inexhaustible stream of diminutive permutations of Anna each with its own subtle semiotics rolled sweetly off my mother s lips during pregnancyLarisa hoped for one thing now a half basement room of her own where she and I would have tea from folkloric cups she d once seen at a farm market Happiness to her was those cups those artisanal cups of her ownHumpty Dumpty translates as Shaltai Baltai In case you re curiousAnna Akmatova s years at the Fountain House living in the same rooms as her lover s ex wife and the new lovers he continued to bring through On Sundays Mom invariably ran out of money which is when she cracked eggs into the skillet over cubes of fried black sourdough bread It was I think the most delicious and elouent expression of pauperismI would like to know if I can find Provansal Mayonnaise here if it tastes the same as she remembers it tasting 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 two economic political systems This book is masterly My only reservation with it is that its to emotional detail makes it at times a heavy read I find this point ite 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 Russi. Lies shared one kitchen Anya grew p 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 niverses 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. .
A 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 ses 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
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mother s efforts to feed her to try to raise her amidst thes efforts to feed her to try to raise her amidst the 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 p 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 This is not a cookbook though it does have a couple recipes Think Julie and Julia with Stalin and Brezhnev in place of Julia Child Sort of What Anya von Bremzen has written here is an insider s look at daily life in the Soviet Union as expressed in foodI grew La muralla verde up believing that life in the Soviet Union must have been terrible and this book mostly confirms that it was von Bremzen traces how as the Soviet Union left its imperial past and transformed itself into a mythical socialist worker s paradise the food the Soviet people ate gradually deteriorated improved a bit then completely fell apart as the Union itself began to crumble von Bremzen tells the story mostly through the experiences of her mother Larisa and grandparents Naum and Liza There is humor and heartbreak in their stories The account of the siege of Leningrad and what the Soviet people were reduced to eating during World 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 2010ssing 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 The New Competition universal we have a long way to go in terms of sustainable repurposing of consumer packaging materials a thirst tonderstand 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 "family and the book I wouldn t say any of it has ignited any grand passion in me for Russian cuisine This book combines the diverse cuisines of the USSR and the story of Soviet communism through the lens of the author s family experience I can t recommend this book highly enough you want to learn about totalitarianism Russia s relationship with other soviet countries and food then you need this book in your lifeThe writing is superb so just dive in This one is a stunner Bremzen and her mother who emigrated from Moscow in 1974 recreate a dinner for each decade from 1910 to 200. 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 ltimate 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. ,