- File Size: 5931 KB
- Print Length: 724 pages
- Publisher: SkyPeak Publishing (September 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00957AYR8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,347 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Book of Tasty and Healthy Food: Iconic Cookbook of the Soviet Union" was intended to define Soviet cookery with some very specific goals in mind: 1) that the food be nutritious, 2) that cooking time was to be to me minimized, so as to free women from the "drudgery" of the kitchen, 3) to set standards, and promote public eateries (again, to ensure liberation from the kitchen), 3) to define an overall national cuisine for the Soviet Union. The Soviets deeply admired American industrialized agriculture and food production, and attempted to imitate them.
Russia and the Soviet Union were/is an enormously complex country with over 100 nationalities and languages within its borders. Each of these groups has its own cuisine. "The Book" reflected many of the major cuisines, and combined them into a generalized culinary culture.Read more ›
The recipes are actually quite good and several have dated pictures to show how the dish should be served, which was actually very interesting to see.
This is a very good cookbook for those looking for something a little different.
It's a fascinating read; the book combines traditional Russian cuisine with contemporary international influences and puts on paper the now-famous Russian kotlety, the breaded hamburger patty created in imitation of American food (supposedly by Mikoyan himself) that's still a staple in Russian kitchens. It is also, depending on your perspective, either unrealistically aspirational or deeply delusional, making it (in context) a darkly humorous mirror of, of all things, In Memory's Kitchen, the culinary memoirs of anonymous and doomed Jewish housewives in the Terezin concentration camp. Frankly, it's impossible to rate on its own terms; the people who bought it certainly knew it was little more than propaganda, but, hey, you're welcome to try the recipes.
Four stars reflects its value as a historical document. It should be five, but unfortunately what you wind up getting is a translation of the book, a smattering of background, and little more; it lacks even an index, and doesn't really reach the standard of the Toomre translation of A Gift to Young Housewives, for which it's an otherwise ideal companion volume. (To create an even triad, throw in a copy of Please To The Kitchen by Anya von Bremzen to learn about what the (later) USSR *actually* ate.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's not just a historical curiosity, it's actually a pretty good cookbook, especially given its focus on time efficiency and creative use of simple ingredients.Published 2 months ago by Azure
I'm delighted to have access to this historical tome that was previously unavailable in English. It's 718 pages of Soviet goodness. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lina
This is the first time I've bought one of these 'reprint' books and let me just state that since the content is original, my comments are more about the format and the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Fen
As other commenters have noted, this is an excellent text which serves both as a cookbook and a historical document that reveals the official Party line on food, eating, health,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Megan Van Norman
My parents had this original in Russian and it was amazing to remissness with them! Although the original had colorful depictions of the food, I cannot complain for such a low... Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Roman Yurchenko
As a cookbook it is pretty much useless, but since Mikoyan was the USSR's Minister of Food when it was published it is interesting to imagine a struggling Russian housewife... Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Anne Chaney
In the context of post-Cold War history, it is an interesting and fun read, as it allows the reader to wax nostalgically at the scarcity of resources in the Soviet Union at the... Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by T Chin
I got this for my fiance for Christmas--he enjoys historical cookbooks and is interested in Soviet-era history. Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by queenhobart
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