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The Food & Cooking of Russia: Discover the rich and varied character of Russian cuising, in 60 authentic recipes and 300 glorious photographs (The Food and Cooking of) Hardcover – September 16, 2009


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  • Series: The Food and Cooking of
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Anness (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903141575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903141571
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Elza on February 28, 2011
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I love this cook book. I was born in the former Soviet Union and was looking for a good Russian cook book. This one is fantastic. Lovely photos, just the right amount of history in the beginning, and the recipe's are very true to the traditional food that is cooked in Russia. My mother and grandmother have been cooking Russian food all their lives, so when I ask for certain recipe's, they can not always give me exact quantities, especially since they are used to cooking for really big families. When I lived at home I would cook with my mom and she would tell me a pinch of this and a dash of that, however when i got married I felt a little lost, and wanted to find a cookbook that has many of our classic Russian Recipe's in it. I am very happy with this cookbook.. Also another good book that has recipe's that are not only Russian but from all over the Soviet Union (including Ukraine where i was born) is "Please To the Table".. This book has everything you may want to know about Slavic cooking...the only draw back is that there are no pictures like this one has.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Henderson on June 1, 2012
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This is the first Russian cookbook I have owned that had beautiful pictures of the food. The wonderful photography sparked my interest and I have now made several of the recipes in this cook book with most success. I admit that there are some difficult parts here and there for me in the baking area. The recipe for Small Blueberry Pies called for 'a large pinch of rapid rise yeast'. I bake a lot so I usually have only regular active yeast which substituted very well when dissolved in the water with a 1/4 tsp of sugar. However, I had a little difficulty with the 'large pinch' of yeast and my first dough didn't rise. I ended up using a tsp of active dry yeast on the second batch and it worked wonderfully. I made them for a ladies luncheon and the raves are still being talked about a week later. I have made he Salmon Pie and it was very tasty and beautiful on the table. None of the recipes are difficult to make. You can tell that the author has made these items several times in her life because of the 'pinches' here and there. I cook that way with things I'm comfortable making but when baking something brand new I really appreciate exact measurements. I highly recommend this book. This one has awakened a whole new desire to learn about Russian cooking in me!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Katya Davis on August 9, 2011
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This book is a joy to use with colored photos and clearly written recipes for traditional Russian home cooking. The selection is wide including several dishes from the Georgian Republic. Titles of the recipes are written with the English name and with the Russian name. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in learning basic Russian cooking. I recommend trying the piroshki (small meat filled pies) and the Siberian Pelemeni (meat filled ravioli).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jenni M. Parks on June 9, 2013
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My previous encounters with Russia cuisine in the United States have left me disappointed. That is why I was so surprised to find myself enjoying the food that was served throughout Moscow on my first trip to Russia earlier this year. I was especially enamored with Chicken Kiev and mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy and I went hunting on Amazon.com as soon as I returned home from my trip, hoping to find an authentic Russian cookbook to recreate those flavors in my own kitchen.

The Food & Cooking of Russia by Elena Makhonko has received nothing but positive reviews so I settled on it as my cookbook of choice and ordered it. It's a lovely hardcover book with beautiful illustrations and opens with a great section on general information about Russia, festivals and Russian celebrations, and classic ingredients in Russian cuisine. The recipes are organized by course in an easy to follow layout.

I made the salted cucumbers from the chapter on appetizers and although I did not have vodka on hand to serve as an accompaniment, the cucumbers went over very well with my dinner guests. They were salty and delicious, bursting with dill flavor.

For dinner one evening I prepared Chicken Kiev with mushroom sauce (page 86-87) and served it alongside whipped potatoes. I thought it odd that the author recommended rice as the side dish for this entrée as when I was in Moscow it was always served with potatoes. The preparations were pretty easy (pound the chicken very thin, stuff with garlic butter, dredge in breadcrumbs, chill, and fry) and yet the finished presentation was nothing less than exquisite. Rich, delicious, and very filling, this will be on regular rotation in our home.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LenaL on September 7, 2013
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This book has just the right amount of background and historical information, colorful beautiful pictures. However, the recipes should be used as a guideline only. I'm first generation Russian wanted to give a good Russian cookbook for my sister-in-law. I know these recipes and not all of them are accurate. One extremely annoying item is the ubiquitous use of canola and rapeseed oil - I have never even seen either of those until my family moved to US. There was butter, lard and sunflower oil and this book makes it sound like canola or rapeseed oils are the only authentic options. Other than that, the book has enough selection to give a decent introduction to Russian cooking but not much beyond that. Still this is a good book to give as a gift or as a conversation starter on your coffee table.
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