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Very nice book. You might want to combine this one with the Tast
Very nice book. You might want to combine this one with the Tastes and Tales from Russia, if you decide to build a small collection of Russian cook / culture books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 2011
Posted January 8, 2001
A Historic Treat from a Vanished Age
What Mrs. Beeton was to Britain, and what Martha Stewart now is to the US, Elena Molokhovets was to Imperial Russia. Her cookbook was more than just the best collection of recipes for Russian Cuisine, it is also a look at how Russian households from the palaces of Petersburg to the bourgeois of Briyansk were run. Though the recipes are sometimes impractical('It is important to buy your breem still living from the arctic waters'), and dated ('Send your maid to the ice house for 2 grouse'), not one recipe is boring to read. There are many useful recipes, though they all presume that the cook has good french cooking technique. (The soup recipes are an ugly disaster if you can't clarify stock). If you are interested in historical cuisine, if you are interested in old russia, or if you just want the best recipe for blini available, this book is a must have.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.