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Book of Tasty and Healthy Food [Kindle Edition]

Anastas Mikoyan , Boris Ushumirskiy
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"Book of Tasty and Healthy Food" is a soviet collection of culinary recipes and food-preparation hints, curated by the USSR Ministry of Food and by people's commissar Anastas Mikoyan himself. It was first published in 1939. This book discusses the basics of healthy eating, provides information about food products made in USSR and gives recipes of various dishes. Updated editions of the book were coming out almost every year. There were about 8 million copies of the book printed since 1952.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Recipes With a Side of Propaganda - Recommended September 8, 2012
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The "Book of Tasty and Healthy Food" is an interesting mix of cold war Soviet propaganda that also serves up some decent recipes. Written at a time when the USSR was desperately trying to convince the world and it's own citizens that communist country's way of life was the best in world, the book is a cross between a study of good table manners, practical food preparation and meal planning guide, and cookbook. It had to also be very frustrating since, as noted in the "Introduction", many of the ingredients would not have been commonly available to the average Russian citizen at the time.

The recipes are actually quite good and several have dated pictures to show how the dish should be served, which was actually very interesting to see.

This is a very good cookbook for those looking for something a little different.

Recommended!

CFH
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Misunterstood Classic October 27, 2013
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I am one who is very happy to see a translation of "Book of Tasty and Healthy Food: Iconic Cookbook of the Soviet Union," which in the Soviet Union was simply known as "The Book." This is the most important cookbook of the Soviet period, and arguably the third, or fourth, most important cookbook in Russian and Soviet History. Most people begin the history of Russian cookbooks with the Medieval morals tract "The Domostroi: Rules for Russian Households in the Time of Ivan the Terrible" (available on amazon) which had important things to say about food, food preparation and proper diet in an Orthodox Christian society. In the 19th century, Elena Molokhovets defined the current Russian cuisine for upper middle class households with the book wonderfully translated and researched by Joyce Toomre: "Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' "A Gift to Young Housewives" (also available on amazon).

"Book of Tasty and Healthy Food: Iconic Cookbook of the Soviet Union" was intended to define Soviet cookery with some very specific goals in mind: 1) that the food be nutritious, 2) that cooking time was to be to me minimized, so as to free women from the "drudgery" of the kitchen, 3) to set standards, and promote public eateries (again, to ensure liberation from the kitchen), 3) to define an overall national cuisine for the Soviet Union. The Soviets deeply admired American industrialized agriculture and food production, and attempted to imitate them.

Russia and the Soviet Union were/is an enormously complex country with over 100 nationalities and languages within its borders. Each of these groups has its own cuisine. "The Book" reflected many of the major cuisines, and combined them into a generalized culinary culture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great time document March 27, 2014
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More than a cook book (which it also is) the Book of Tasty and Healthy Food is a bizarre time document of the Soviet State. It was first published in the thirties, in the midst of the Stalinist terror, and in the midst of huge shortages. While mist Muscovites were struggling to find any food at all, the Ministry of Food Industry presented them with a book telling them how to set a table for a three course diner with friends (don't forget the flowers in the middle of the table! And put the knives with the sharp edge towards the plate. Don't forget to wash your hands!). But of course, it also is a cookbook, with recipes ranging from the very basic (Sardines: take out of the can, put on the plate, cover with slices of lemon and sprinkle with parsley) to a bit less basic, but sometimes outright bizarre, like fruit salad dressed with mayonnaise. The book is illustrated with old black and white pictures of beautifully set tables, dressed salads and products of the Soviet food industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting piece of history February 14, 2014
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I got this for my fiance for Christmas--he enjoys historical cookbooks and is interested in Soviet-era history. He really enjoys it, and I was surprised that many of the recipes are actually pretty good (and very flexible!). Definitely more of a history book than a cookbook, though, unless you have an uncommon love for cabbage and soup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Soviet Classic! April 11, 2014
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My parents had this original in Russian and it was amazing to remissness with them! Although the original had colorful depictions of the food, I cannot complain for such a low price!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun nostalgic look back March 17, 2014
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In the context of post-Cold War history, it is an interesting and fun read, as it allows the reader to wax nostalgically at the scarcity of resources in the Soviet Union at the time the book was written. . . And to some extent, the absurdity of communism (after it was all over.)
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