Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' A Gift to Young Housewives

Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' A Gift to Young Housewives

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by Elena Molokhovets
     
 

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Joyce Toomre has translated over 1,000 of Molokhovets' recipes. A thorough and fascinating introduction by Toomre discusses the history of Russian cuisine and summarizes Molokhovets' advice on meals and menus, table settings and service, stoves and ovens, cold storage techniques, containers and utensils, servants, health, markets and ingredients, and cooking…  See more details below

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Joyce Toomre has translated over 1,000 of Molokhovets' recipes. A thorough and fascinating introduction by Toomre discusses the history of Russian cuisine and summarizes Molokhovets' advice on meals and menus, table settings and service, stoves and ovens, cold storage techniques, containers and utensils, servants, health, markets and ingredients, and cooking techniques.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253360267
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1992
Series:
Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies
Edition description:
Annotated Edition
Pages:
708
Product dimensions:
7.39(w) x 10.33(h) x 1.58(d)

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Julia Child
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.

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