Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

[a Memoir of Love and Longing]

Audiobook CD - 2013
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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 sangodesto Lenin, black-marketeeredJuicy Fruit gumat school, watched her father brew moonshine, and, like most Soviet citizens, longed fora 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 andher motherdecide 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.

From the Hardcover edition. "

Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780804128339
Branch Call Number: CDAUDIO BIO VONBREMZ A. VonBremz 11/2013
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (12 hr., 30 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Gati, Kathleen 1967-


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Aug 04, 2014

The memoir is only loosely based on food, but it is a constant and reveals how much we use food to symbolize our culture and heritage. I wish I'd had a better familiarity with Russian/Soviet history before listening to this, but it was great to get a human rather than textbook perspective on the last century or so of those who feel connected to this part of the world.


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