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Easier Than a Steamed Turnip: Simple and Delicious Meatless Russian Recipes [Kindle Edition]

Peter Vatrooshkin
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Book Description

Russian cuisine has a centuries-old vegetarian tradition that in recent decades has been pushed aside on restaurant menus by the likes of beef Stroganoff and Kiev cutlet. As a matter of fact, the followers of the Eastern Orthodox tradition have always had more meatless days on their calendars than carnivorous feasts.

This book is a collection of handpicked recipes that provides a sample of the entire cross section of the Russian meatless cuisine. Some of the recipes are based on old tradition while others hail from the Soviet era.

Salads, soups, entrees, borscht, kasha, and more, including the pastries Russians love so much.

The ingredients are simple and easy to find everywhere, but the results are delicious! This book makes it easy to create authentic flavors after just a short trip to your local grocery store!

For extra fun, read the introduction to educate yourself about the history of Russian meatless tradition and become more familiar with traditional Russian ingredients. Did you know turnips were a food staple centuries before potatoes were introduced or that beets were used as makeup by Russian beauties?

Why is the book’s title “Easier Than a Steamed Turnip?” What would it mean if a Russian said you didn’t have enough kasha? Get this book to find out, and then learn how to make tasty turnips stuffed with kasha in just a few easy steps!

Buy the book now and try something different tonight in your kitchen! Take a break from lettuce and tofu and explore the rich and diverse world of Russian meatless cooking.

“Easier Than a Steamed Turnip: Simple and Delicious Meatless Russian Recipes” offers over 50 illustrations in full color.

So go ahead hit that orange BUY button now and enjoy!

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  • File Size: 1982 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Plutagora LLC (March 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Say Da! to Easier Than a Steamed Turnip April 4, 2012
Given the multitude of cookbooks on the market, it is growing increasingly difficult to find a cookbook that serves up a new or unique twist to those of us looking to broaden our culinary horizons. Peter Vatrooshkin's Easier Than a Steamed Turnip: Simple and Delicious Meatless Russian Recipes is one such book. In a skillful, engaging manner, Vatrooshkin introduces the reader to the world of meatless Russian recipes. For the uninitiated - like myself before reading this book - for whom the words Russian cooking conjure up drab images of Soviet-style austerity, Vatrooshkin's book is a refreshing surprise. From salads to desserts and everything in between (drinks included), Easier Than a Steamed Turnip: Simple and Delicious Meatless Russian Recipes offers clear directions using readily accessible ingredients, all accompanied by colorful, lively photographs of the various completed recipes.

As one who follows the kosher dietary rules, I was particularly heartened by the fact that all of the recipes in this book are kosher-compatible. Interestingly, in his informative introduction Vatrooshkin takes note of how the proliferation of meatless Russian recipes was in part spurred by the unique dietary restrictions of Eastern Orthodoxy. And while some of the foods detailed in the book, such as kasha and cheese blintzes, should be well known to anyone of Eastern European Jewish lineage, the scope and scale of the book guarantee a novel take on these familiar favorites as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Authentic May 25, 2012
By Adam K
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As an inveterate foodie, I always view cookbooks with a critical eye. I am particularly picky when it comes to Eastern European cuisine - that is where my family roots are. Not a lot of Eastern European cookbooks come out in English these days, so I decided to give this one a try. Here are my conclusions:

First of all, I must say I am glad "Easier Than a Steamed Turnip" only offers meatless recipes. There are way too many recipe books out there trying to be jacks of all trades. Second, I like the recipes for their simplicity. This is how regular people cook and eat every day enjoying the natural flavors of the ingredients. Third, the author obviously knows what is important and where potential pitfalls are, so he provides detailed instructions when necessary. Finally and most importantly, every recipe I have tried so far came out good. Nice job, Mr. Vatrooshkin! Five stars well deserved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done! (The book, that is...) May 1, 2012
By SloanII
Coming from a family with an eastern heritage, this was a breath of fresh air, and an intense revisitation to the past. Dishes that I long ago ate with delight, prepared by my mother's carefully documented stack of cards and notes, came back to life. A special treat is the style of the book itself: in the old school, so to speak, you know your ingredients. And, indeed, the author makes understanding the difference between types of wheat and the origins of potatoes the first part of the book more of a page turner than a cook book. As for the recipes, a can only attest to the authenticity of a few of the dishes, and thank the author from the bottom of my heart for not telling the reader to "open 2 12 oz cans of x, y or z and place them in a microwave-safe container. Set the power level to 3, and set the timer on "popcorn". Praise the almighty! The best part will surely be the dishes: the author has covered everything from salads and soups and a wide array of vegetarian dishes that I make for myself, long before I go to the corner, politically correct, corner vegetarian restaurant. I have yet to leave there sated. I'm certain these dishes will fill me up well enough to go work in the fields.
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