Best of Russian Cooking
Princess Alexandra Kropotkin published the Best of Russian Cooking in 1964. It was originally published as How to Cook and Eat in Russia in 1947. This cookbook features all the popular Russian classic recipes.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 270 pages.
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
Author: Alexandra Kropotkin
Description: Russians love to eat, to eat heartily, and four times a day. Breakfast and lunch are simple, dinners are lavish and late, preceded by vodka and zakooska -- "little bites." The fourth meal is a late evening snack around the samovar.
All the traditional popular dishes are included in this book, some familiar ones like beef stroganoff and borsch, many less well-known which are daily fare in Russia -- kotleti (meat balls), pirogs (turnovers with meat or vegetable fillings) and tvorojniki (cottage cheese cakes) -- and some other special concoctions like pashka and kulitch, the Eastern dessert and cake. Unusual as the recipes are they are all easy to follow and require no exotic ingredients.
Princess Kropotkin, who has lived in America for many years, is the ideal interpreter of Russian cooking at its best. An enthusiastic cook herself, she has checked her information with leading Russian chefs here and abroad. Her delightful sidelights on Russian life and customs as well as her great variety of dishes will open up a whole new world of gastronomical ideas to Western readers.
Condition: Dust jacket has multiple tears at mainly the corners and some rubbing. Interior is in good condition.