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Soviet-Jewish Decade Top 10: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

December 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Soviet-Jewish Decade Top 10: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking
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SovietJewish Decade Top 10 - Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen

The next book on my Soviet-Jewish Decade Top 10 list is Anya von Bremzen’s culinary memoir, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing, which brings fresh meaning to the food on our tables.

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Russian Kompot: I’m probably doing it wrong (with recipe)

November 25, 2013 / Comments Off on Russian Kompot: I’m probably doing it wrong (with recipe)
Russian kompot recipe

I finally made the kompot. What’s kompot? Russian kompot is essentially a homemade fruit juice. It’s been around for centuries and is popular in Russia and the former East Bloc. I only recently learned that what I always thought was kompot was actually compote, which is also made with cooked fruit, but has less liquid…

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Operatsiya Y: A Soviet movie flashback. With kompot!

November 21, 2013 / Comments Off on Operatsiya Y: A Soviet movie flashback. With kompot!
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Operatsiya Y Soviet movie - Operation Y with Shurik

Park yourself at a dinner table of Russians, and inevitably, as the eating part winds down and the drinks are doing their thing, someone says “And the kompot?” And everyone else laughs uproariously and the kompot rarely, rarely ever appears. It’s a line from an old Soviet movie. And, since it’s a line from every…

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Friday Links: The Stalin ruins Women’s Day edition

March 8, 2013 /
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Translated Soviet Women's Day Poster from 1932

Once upon a time, I used to post Monday links. I’m bringing them back, but on Friday. Because I actually have time to think of smart posts on the weekend. Not so much on Fridays. It is a weird week when the 60th anniversary of Stalin’s death rolls around and it’s also (almost) International Women’s Day.…

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When all is fleeting anyway, food becomes everything (Immigrant Decor Part 5)

August 4, 2011 / Comments Off on When all is fleeting anyway, food becomes everything (Immigrant Decor Part 5)
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Russian Salad Olivier - Russian version of potato salad

If I had a Russian food blog, it would be something like The Gastronomical Me, by Katrina K., a transplanted Russian who lives in London. And, if I loved in London, I would be crashing her monthly Soviet brunch club. As it is, I may have to start my own version in Toronto. In the…

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Soviet Georgian soup is reclaimed as Shabbat meal

May 9, 2011 / Comments Off on Soviet Georgian soup is reclaimed as Shabbat meal
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Soviet soup pot for kharcho, a Soviet Georgian soup

Please check out my recent post on the Forward/Jew & Carrot blog, as part of their Shabbat meals series. Previous contributors include Claudia Roden, one of my kitchen heroes, and Joan Nathan, so I was very flattered to have my kharcho, a Soviet Georgian soup, included among such company. If you are Russian, then you…

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Monday Links – The some people have real problems and some people have baby carrots edition

April 4, 2011 /
Baby carrots as junk food

The last few weeks have been heavy with Russian/Soviet Jewish links, so we’re lightening things up a little this week with a peek into that phenomenon known as “first world problems,” or, “not really a problem at all.” Why You Shouldn’t Buy Girl Guide Cookies – Save Your Fork Just when you thought Girl Guide…

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Monday Links – Socialist Cuba beats out Park Slope Food Coop edition

February 21, 2011 / Comments Off on Monday Links – Socialist Cuba beats out Park Slope Food Coop edition
Park Slope Food Coop sign

This week’s link round-up… Ill Doctrine Someone who tells it like it is without angry ranting—a much under-appreciated skill. I’m also including a few of his YouTube videos I particularly liked: How To Tell People They Sound Racist, Why I’m Happy, Why I’m Not Satisfied, A Case of Morals, No Accounting for Taste, The Wall-E…

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Monday Links – The skinny cans for skinny gals edition

February 14, 2011 / Comments Off on Monday Links – The skinny cans for skinny gals edition
Pepsi truck for Pepsi skinny cans post

Some assorted links from the past week or so… A real life look at the Gulag – The Washington Post A Hollywood movie about the gulag? How did I miss this? Anne Applebaum muses on the interplay between fact-based movies and the Hollywood insistence on happy endings. Good Future, Bad Future: on the Unauthenticated Avant-Garde…

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Study says… "Blame mom!"

February 9, 2011 / Comments Off on Study says… "Blame mom!"
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Obesity studies blaming mothers

Someone once told to me that denial is the cornerstone of civilization. Being a “glass is actually three-quarters empty” kind of person, I’m inclined to agree. And when denial meets obesity meets well-meaning studies, that glass is woefully empty. Two obesity studies blaming mothers have come out in the last few weeks. Both make a strong link between…

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