"Goldstein... manages to make Russian cuisine dance. It's hard to imagine anything that might have been left out of this delightfully comprehensive collection." --Publishers Weekly
"It is not suprising that Goldstein, a Williams College professor who later founded the food studies journal Gastronomica
, is particularly literary in her books on Russian and Georgian food, placing zakuska (grand appetizer buffets) and dacha (summer house) picnics alike in the context of Russia's great writers. But cerebral as she can be, her prose is rooted in hands-on kitchen advice: 'There are a few basic rules to follow in laying a zakuska table, not the least of which concerns the shape of the table itself. It should be oval or round and placed away from the wall, so that all foods are accessible to all guests at all times.'" --Slate Magazine
"The imaginative range of the selection would be enlightening in itself even without the multitudinous snippets from Chekhov, Gogol and Oblomov. First rate." --Kirkus Reviews
From the Publisher
The best-selling Russian cookbook in English! More than 200 recipies from the traditional cuisines of Russia, with copious cultural notes, fascinating history and easy-to-follow instructions. If you are interested in Russian cuisine, look no further.