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Not suitable for Russian Orthodox lent / fast
on December 23, 2013
I was looking for a reliable cookbook to create meals during the Russian Orthodox lent (fast). As any churchgoer knows, dairy in any form is not allowed during the lent, and fish is only permitted on certain days. During the Great Lent, you cannot consume dairy or fish and on some days not even vegetable oil. Yet, these recipes are abundant with ingredients such as milk, cream, butter and even margarine and bouillion cubes (!!!) - hardly natural foods!
While I love the design and quotations from writings of Russian Orthodox saints, recipes in this book reminiscent me of tweaked vegetarian recipes you can easily find on-line. If like me you are looking for a cookbook with recipes suitable for fast/lent periods, try any vegan cookbook out there and throw in some simply cooked fish when you can.