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Tastes and Tales from Russia

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

It is a fun book to read...

The recipes are great, but we enjoyed reading the tales to our kids. Very nice book. Thank you.

posted by Anonymous on July 16, 2004

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The recipes in the book have very little to do with Russian cuis

The recipes in the book have very little to do with Russian cuisine. They are gathered from different former Soviet Union Republics which are now different countries and not Russia by any means. Kharcho (page 73), Chicken Kiev (page 102), Gozinakh (page 142) and so on a...
The recipes in the book have very little to do with Russian cuisine. They are gathered from different former Soviet Union Republics which are now different countries and not Russia by any means. Kharcho (page 73), Chicken Kiev (page 102), Gozinakh (page 142) and so on are not Russian dishes.
Instructions in recipes are not broken down step by step. Not easy to follow.
The tales in the book are translated from some other source but this source is not cited.
The quality of the illustrations in Danishevsky’s book are of extremely poor quality. They are well known pictures, however, there are no annotations about their authors or titles.
At the same time of course it is written “all rights reserved” on the first page. I think you do not have to worry about reserving your rights – there is nothing to reserve in this book…
Overly simplified table of contents which only lists food categories and not recipes. Few recipes overall in the book.
DO NOT BUY this book.

posted by 1372939 on December 4, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

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    This is so cool. I actually had a pleasure of meeting the author

    This is so cool. I actually had a pleasure of meeting the author and it was a pure accident that I got the copy that I recently bought signed. It makes it that more special and exciting. After thinking that this book is just so well designed and unique, meeting the person behind the book just made it that more special. Alla is a fantastic person as well as a brilliant writer. Love the book and appreciate the author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2007

    Finally a Russian Cookbook written by a Russian!

    I have seen and tried many books. Not to say that they are not up to par, but how can someone write about something without prior cultural first hand experience. Not the case in this book. The author was born and raised in Russia. It shows, it communicates and gets the message across to you when you are following the instructions, reading the tales and enjoying a part of the world that so much different from ours. I like this book a lot and besides enjoying it myself, would like to point out that it makes a heck of a gift.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2007

    Womanknows Books

    Decided to see what the hype is all about. Saw the profile on myspace and we run a site that is always in search for arcticles, books, products and especially the ones that apply to or produced by women. Needless to say that we are going to be doing a spread on this great little find called Tastes and Tales. What a wonderful book. Refreshing concept, interesting tales, amazing recipes and much more. For anyone who is interested should try. We highly recommend it and will be posting our layout on this piece of cookbook literature.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2007

    Something that even I can use

    I am not a cook, by far. I enjoy trying things and see if they come out, but I do however enjoy eating. The book has taken me through step by step instructions and I found it to be easy. Even I could do it. Besides the recipes, I also found it to be a nice source of some art and fairy tales. Nice book. Like it a lot.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2007

    Jen liked this book

    Got this one for my girlfriend Jeniffer, with a touch of a hint, but got no meal out of it :). Just Kidding... She really liked the book. She enjoyed the contents, the format and the information is great to follow and understand. She did try some recipes and said it was very easy to follow. Great collector's item as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2006

    Great book, Cudos to the Writer

    I have to say, that from the looks can be decieving, this is it. Small, but very nice looking book that packs incredible amount of information (recipes, tales and even some art). Very impressive in deed. A++ to the author and my highest recommendation to book, cooking, history, fairy tales and art lovers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2006

    This is it!!!

    This is the book that I have been looking for. I am an avid recipe collector. Russia and the Iron wall has fasinated me. History, stories and of course the food. This is what I have been seeking all along. Perfect book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    What an awesome book

    When you purchase this book, you get a 3 in one collection. What an original and unique idea. Very clever. You get the best of ethnic recipes from Old Mother Russia, enjoy the tales that have been told in many languages and originated by word of mouth and also a reach classic Russian art. When you flip through the pages, you will trigger your five senses and truely appreciate what the author has put together for you. It is absolutely a bang for a buck. I think so and so does my wife. Got it on Valentines and certainly improved my marriage, I think. Great buy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2005

    i liked it a lot

    I think every book should offer more to the reader. I like books that have a bung for the buck and in this one, we have nice collection of russian cultural areas. Very nice buy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Very exciting and easy to follow

    I am by all means not a cook and to me, a great cook book, if I can take it and make something by following the instructions. That is the case in this book. I have made a few dishes and they came out tasting great and it was easy for me to follow. The tales are very nice and great addition to pass the time. I am glad, that I got this one and so as the rest of my family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    Something ouf of the ordinary

    Russia is facinating, especially since the cold war is over and now they are our friends. The Russian food has always been of high interest to me, since my grandparents came from Latvia, which used to be one of the republics. When I saw this book, I was excited to learn what recipes and stories I can relate with. I remember my grandmother telling me some folklore, when I was a child and I figured I can do the same for my kids. What an incredible book. Nice compbination of food that I can prepare and wow my family and tales that I can read to my children to pass on the heritage.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2004

    Good for Adults, Entertaining for Kids

    Very good book for the whole family to enjoy! My kids loved the stories and my husband loved the food.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    The most unique idea for a cookbook.

    As the headline says, there is no other cookbook out there that relates historic fables and fairytales with traditional recipies. The recipies and fables are rooted deep within russian culture. I bought this as a gift for my mother, who can relate to it all so well. When I first came to this country, she would always read and tell me these stories to help me learn about my heritage, and most certainly as in any russo-american household, we often enjoyed many of the recipies found in this text. :-)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2004

    Excellent Addtion to Cook/Tale/Art book market

    In this book Alla was able to caprture a piece of a Russia culture by putting together a masterpiece of Cook book that tells the tale.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Great Recipe Collection

    The recipes are simple to follow and turn out tasting great. I enjoyed the variety of dishes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2004

    It is a fun book to read...

    The recipes are great, but we enjoyed reading the tales to our kids. Very nice book. Thank you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    Excellent Combination of Tastes and Tales :O)

    I was impressed by the amount of recipes and a very interesting old Russian tales that went along with them. 2 thumbs up.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    This is just a great little addition to my cook book library at

    This is just a great little addition to my cook book library at home. I love Russian culture, the people, the stories, history and now the food. The author puts together something really interesting for readers to enjoy. Recipes and old Russian folklore tales. How brilliant!! I just love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    The recipes in the book have very little to do with Russian cuis

    The recipes in the book have very little to do with Russian cuisine. They are gathered from different former Soviet Union Republics which are now different countries and not Russia by any means. Kharcho (page 73), Chicken Kiev (page 102), Gozinakh (page 142) and so on are not Russian dishes.
    Instructions in recipes are not broken down step by step. Not easy to follow.
    The tales in the book are translated from some other source but this source is not cited.
    The quality of the illustrations in Danishevsky’s book are of extremely poor quality. They are well known pictures, however, there are no annotations about their authors or titles.
    At the same time of course it is written “all rights reserved” on the first page. I think you do not have to worry about reserving your rights – there is nothing to reserve in this book…
    Overly simplified table of contents which only lists food categories and not recipes. Few recipes overall in the book.
    DO NOT BUY this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2007

    This is very cool....

    Hey, saw the book on myspace and decided to try it. Wow, what a cool book. Nice stories, nice pics and very cool and easy to follow recipes. Love it. Bought one for my mom too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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