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Leo Tolstoy's family recipe book [Kindle Edition]

Sergei Beltyukov
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“Leo Tolstoy's family recipe book” Inspiring and original French and Imperial Russian recipes that will transport your taste and imagination back to a grandiose bygone era.


How to quickly gain a reputation of an exceptional housewife? Aesthetics, fancy table layout, complex dishes, rituals and entertainment...
Bad news: this is not enough. Good news: there is always a secret ingredient. And it can be found in this book.
This is not just a collection of Leo Tolstoy’s wife’s cooking recipes. This is a direct ticket to a far-away place with a wonderful atmosphere.
Sophia Tolstaya created new breakfast, lunch and tea-time menus. The earl’s home was frequented by guests, and Leo himself had special affinity to food in different periods of his life. All Sophia’s recipes created over many years, all her little secrets were collected by her brother Stepan Bers. He reworked Sophia’s diaries, her letters, her recorded conversations with the cook. In 1874, Stepan made a present to his sister and published “The Cookbook” in a single copy.
As the time passed, the book, initially created as a joking collection, evolved into a unique source of inspiration, a source of special knowledge.
First of all, this book is about the intricacies of Russian and French cuisines. Today, these recipes cannot be recreated without special research. Not only have we lost the old ways of cooking particular products, but also lost the understanding of taste combinations. Want to hear excited voices praising your work? Open the book at page 13, take the first recipe and get going.
Another unobvious effect of this book is the transformation of any dull party into your favorite scene. Tolstoy’s fans know very well that food and eating in his legendary novels are treated very delicately, and the very act of eating is like a parallel storyline. You can now easily organize a dinner in Anna Karenina Kitty’s style, or host a warm and hearty dinner in the Rostovs family style.
It is so important that you break out from the mundane gastronomic routine, surprise your friends, give your holiday a touch or a royal feast, feel the power of love and family traditions. Why don’t you do it by following the advice and recommendations of the worthiest of all wives and mothers – the great Sophia Tolstaya? Each lunch as an adventure. Each dinner as a journey. Each dish as a separate object for discussion and recollection.
Let’s ask again, where does the reputation of a good housewife come from?
In equal proportions – a local supermarket around the corner, your readiness to do something special, and this recipe collection as a gift from the great. You are offered an endless number of scenarios for dinners with family, friends, mundane or festive. All you need to do is to start cooking and enjoy the process. And even if you look at the very end of it, the story will be just as good, or even better. And that’s a sign of a real masterpiece.


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5.0 out of 5 stars What an interesting find! May 23, 2014
By Margo
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The author was right, it is not a biography, nor an essay, a great find indeed. A glimpse to the past. I love the effort to convert measurements and the ingredients to something comparable, explanation of how ingredients differ to what we use nowadays and how they were made. Definitely leaves room for the cook to interpret and substitute. The diary extracts of Leo's family members and people close to him are a great addition, creating the understanding of how the household was run, taking reader into the living room of one of the greatest writers of all times. Will def try some recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!!! May 22, 2014
By Katya
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Best way to plunge into history and to improve your cooking skills at the same time. Delicious way to get closer to the legendary family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fragrant and moving reverie May 24, 2014
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Up front I'll say that a recipe that begins, "Stir in one direction for a half hour, add an ingredient, stir another half hour" and so on is not one I'm going to try. I'll stick with Chicken Kiev. The point isn't to try to cook like a 19th century Russian, it's about giving an intimate glimpse into another time and place. Family reminiscences are tucked between family recipes. I didn't know that he was a sometime vegetarian or that his wife sometimes slipped broth into his mushroom soup when he needed to perk up. It's a thoroughly enjoyable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing stories told through delicious food May 23, 2014
By Paulina
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If you enjoy history, create your won worlds in your imagination and sense those worlds through your taste buds... Then this is the right book for you!
Tolstoi is well-known for having the ability of describe in detail every scenario of the majestic Russia, through this great stories and amazing food, your imagination will literally flow back into the good old times, where food was meant to cook slowly, with love and always with the idea of bring it to the table with amazing stories to share and the most pleasant of all companies... If cooking and eating is something that you like to share with your love ones, this is definitely a book for you.
Grab your favorite recipe, learn from the story behind it and let your sensations take you back in history... Who knows? Maybe you will find in yourself the adventurous spirit of Anna Petrovna or the dreamer soul of Anna Karenina!!!

Enjoy, bon appetit!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I wasn't sure what to think about 19th century food recipes from a man not known for brevity. This book surprised me with an introduction that swayed my opinion and made me interested to look further. I've visited St. Petersburg and the food was very tasty. If you are a food lover this is a book to check out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Невероятная книга! May 23, 2014
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What an INCREDIBLE find!
Unique and intriguing book.
Besides the obvious (the recipes), I found myself thinking about the difference between life today and that of Tolstoy's era in regards to lifestyle and expectations.
In essence, the book turned out to be much more than I had anticipated - and that is always a welcome treat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely book :) May 31, 2014
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Great job, my dear friend, I feel so hungry now! Very impressive, thank you for all the research and writing!👍😄
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leo could cook, who knew? May 27, 2014
By Paul
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His family of course. Love the history behind the recipes and am looking forward trying them out. Love a cookbook that starts with some deserts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting little read
I found this little gem quite interesting. I love Tolstoy's work, and this is a little peek into his day to day life. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Patricia King
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
This book is very interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Jared Willingham
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem and must read
Fantastico! Magnifico! An insight into Leo's way of living!!! Many old / new recipes that will indulge you till you drop.
Published 3 months ago by Leo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book indeed!!!
If you want to surprise your family and friends with delicious dinner check this out. Splendid mix of history and art of cooking! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elena Ogiy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Gastronomy meets Literature.
What a fantastic way to transcend time, traditions, culinary delights - and literature too. I've been lucky enough to taste the author's executions of these fine recipes and can't... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Rola
4.0 out of 5 stars I can smell the food as I read.
A very enjoyable book. A window onto this interesting family and their kitchen techniques at a fascinating point in time .
Published 4 months ago by Emma Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars Got inspired to cook!
I've just purchased the book and it looks very interesting inside! The recipes are not hard to make with the ingredients that can be found in any refrigerator. Read more
Published 4 months ago by elena
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recipes!!
I don't consider myself a chef but the recipes are easy to follow. I love the old world twist on everyday recipes mixed with charming stories of Tolstoy.
Published 4 months ago by Douglas Eady
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I was born and grew up in Vladivostok, Russia, then moved to Toronto, Canada. I now call Los Angeles home, where I live with my better half and a cat. I graduated with a degree in management but during my time in university, I fell wildly in love with the European history and the history of food.
I have a my own international commerce company, so when I'm not out doing that, I'm at home taking care of my better half and probably spend some time in the kitchen deciding what to make for dinner.
So you can tell that I am an amateur cook and a historian, and a full-time entrepreneur. We cook and eat mostly at home and entertain friends а lot. An ideal dinner party for me is filled with amazing stories of people and unique products and dishes the rest of the world has yet to enjoy.
So "Leo Tolstoy's family recipe book" was born out of the many lively conversations we've had around our kitchen table аnd of the idea to share the amazing recipes and stories behind them. In this book food is not just considered as sustenance, it is celebrated for its cultural importance.

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