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Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking- Doubleday UK


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A mother and daughter relive their memories of 20th-Century Russian history through its food...

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Anya von Bremzen has been many things- as a child in the Soviet Union, she was the granddaughter of the former head of Naval intelligence, and thus a bona fide member of the nomenklatura; she was also the daughter of a disaffected dissident; a child actress; a piano prodigy. Then, because of political repressions in Brezhnev-era Russia, she and her mother became emigres, to America. Eventually, when an injury ended her piano career, she reinvented herself as one of the most accomplished food writers of her generations- the author of five acclaimed cookbooks, the recipient of three James Beard awards, and a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure magazine. Anya's articles have also appeared in The New Yorker, Food & Wine, Saveur, and the Los Angeles Times. She divides her time between New York City and Istanbul.


"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

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