Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

A Memoir of Food and Longing

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Uitgever: Random House US
  • Engels
  • 1e druk
  • 9780307886811
  • januari 2013
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pagina's
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Anya Von Bremzen

Anya von Bremzen (1963, Moskou) is een van de meest getalenteerde food writers van haar generatie, met een aantal prijswinnende kookboeken op haar naam. Anya von Bremzen schrijft voor Food & Wine, The New Yorker en de Los Angeles Times Op vind je alle boeken van Anya von Bremzen, waaronder het nieuwste boek van Anya von Bremzen.


A celebrated food writer captures the flavors of the Soviet experience in a sweeping, tragicomic multi-generational memoir that brilliantly illuminates the history and culture of a vanished empire.

A James Beard Award-winning writer captures life under the Red socialist banner in this wildly inventive, tragicomic memoir of feasts, famines, and three generations

Born in 1963, in an era of bread shortages, Anya grew up in a communal Moscow apartment where eighteen families shared one kitchen. She sang odes to Lenin, black-marketeered Juicy Fruit gum at school, watched her father brew moonshine, and, like most Soviet citizens, longed for a taste of the mythical West. It was a life by turns absurd, naively joyous, and melancholy-and ultimately intolerable to her anti-Soviet mother, Larisa. When Anya was ten, she and Larisa fled the political repression of Brezhnev-era Russia, arriving in Philadelphia with no winter coats and no right of return.
Now Anya occupies two parallel food universes: one where she writes about four-star restaurants, the other where a taste of humble kolbasa transports her back to her scarlet-blazed socialist past. To bring that past to life, Anya and her mother decide to eat and cook their way through every decade of the Soviet experience. Through these meals, and through the tales of three generations of her family, Anya tells the intimate yet epic story of life in the USSR. Wildly inventive and slyly witty, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is that rare book that stirs our souls and our senses.


Moving and darkly comic -- Niki Segnit The Sunday Times Heartbreakingly poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. This is an important book, a must read! Heston Blumenthal Vastly entertaining... A real treat. Woman & Home By turns funny, tragic and nostalgic, this is a wonderful, fascinating volume, which puts a human face on the grim pages of the history books The Lady This poignant memoir is an education in the richness of eastern European cuisine, and the story of Soviet communism, through the lens of family experience. Observer wry, provocative, genre-busting... Wall Street Journal Absorbing... a social history of the Soviet Union cast through the prism of food Jewish Chronicle Rollicking and heartrending Time You will read few better books about food, family, exile or the Soviet tragedy-and none, I'll bet, which combines all those themes this magically. Funny, angry, ingenious and moving. AD Miller, author of 'Snowdrops' The culinary memoir has lately evolved into a genre of its own... But Anya von Bremzen is a better writer than most of the genre's practitioners, as this delectable book, which tells the story of postrevolutionary Russia through the prism of one family's meals, amply demonstrates... von Bremzen moves artfully between historical longshots...and intimate details. The descriptions of meals are delightful... New York Times One-of-a-kind ... Breathtaking feats of raconteurial skill... Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is not only a magic tablecloth, it's a magic carpet that revisits the roads and lanes of the former Soyuz, surveying the tales of hardship and hardwon joys of von Bremzen's relatives and the Russian people... -- Liesl Schillinger The Daily Beast I don't think there's ever been a book quite like this; I couldn't put it down. Warm, smart and completely engaging... this is a book you won't forget -- Ruth Reichl, author of Tender at the Bone a monumental but deeply human book that reads like a great Russian novel, filled with dark humor and nostalgia. It opens up an entire universe, teaching us about the many deep meanings of food: cultural, political, social, historical, personal. It is also an utterly magical journey into a rich, mysterious land of totalitarian tyranny, and a portrait of a courageous, passionate people. Ferran Adria von Bremzen has conjured up the Proustian aromas of her Soviet life for her enjoyable 'foodoir'... perceptive and funny on the subtleties of life under Soviet rule and in exile. -- Charlotte Hobson Spectator Through a kaleidoscopic mix of family life, politics, history, and jokes, von Bremzen evokes in her book a whole Soviet-era world of deprivation and delight. Tablet



januari 2013
1e druk
23,9 x 16,4 x 2,8 cm
Aantal pagina's
320 pagina's


Anya Von Bremzen
Random House US



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