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Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' a Gift to Young Housewives (Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian & East European Studies) Hardcover – November 1, 1992
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Banned in Molokhovets's native country since the Russian Revolution, this gastronomic standard for pre-Revolutionary upper- and middle-class Russian households has been impressively translated and edited by food historian and Harvard research associate Toomre. Translations of more than 1000 recipes recall foods central to Russian life: cabbage with butter and crumbs, potato pudding, Beef Stroganov, babas , piroq , pashka . Toomre's substantive introduction presents ``not a history of Russian cooking per se, but rather an impressionistic reconstruction of household conditions.'' She charts a range of elements, from the purpose of each of the four or five daily meals and the sleeping conditions of servants to the once privileged status of the potato. Toomre also assesses the influences of foreign peoples, such as the techniques of the French and the foods of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as modern approximations for arcane measurements. Much more than a re-creation of a lost time or a rumination on changing culinary tastes, this book is an important contribution to Russian history. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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"Joyce Toomre ... has accomplished an enormous task, fully on a par with the original author's slave labor. Her extensive preface and her detailed and entertaining notes are marvelous." - Tatyana Tolstaya, New York Review of Books "Classic Russian Cooking is a book that I highly recommend. Joyce Toomre has done a marvelous job of translating this valuable and fascinating source book. It's the Fanny Farmer and Isabella Beeton of Russia's 19th century." - Julia Child, Food Arts "This is a delicious book, and Indiana University Press has served it up beautifully." - Russian Review " ... should become as much of a classic as the Russian original ... dazzling and admirable expedition into Russia's kitchens and cuisine."- Slavic Review "It gives a delightful and fascinating picture of the foods of pre-Communist Russia." - The Christian Science Monitor --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
I only wish could find any version of Part III as mentioned in this book appendix, it was last published around 1900: the volume on herb remedies for adults, children and animals, farm and garden methods and management.
There are more than 2000 dishes on this book.
To know history and cultures of russia , good Bible.
One con is that there is no photo or picture of the cooking so if you dont know the dishes, you wont know if its correct.
But in general it is a very interesting book to learn about other country's etiquiet , favorite foods and recipies to try.