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That culinary author Anya Von Bremzen (Please to the Table; Fiesta!) never seemed destined to become a triple James Beard Award winner is a radical understatement. Born in 1963 in Soviet Moscow, she grew up in an era of bread shortages and long ration lines. In their communal apartment building, she and her parents shared a kitchen with seventeen other families. As the situation grew ever more intolerable, she and her mother fled to Philadelphia with only the barest of necessities. Since that day, Anya has resided in two parallel mental realms; one as a preteen in the declining U.S.S.R. and the other as an aspiring food writer. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking successfully transports us to the cuisines and cultures of both worlds and bridges their differences with a recognition of their shared humanity.