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In the video below, Amy L. talks about the new movie Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. You can find this title in our catalog by clicking here.
Award winning food writer and cookbook author Anya Von Bremzen interprets a tumultuous century of Russian history, from the fall of the Nicholas II to the rise of Putin, through the lens of food. In Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, she describes the food Russians ate, how they prepared it, and, most importantly, what they had to do to get it. This book is most conveniently classified as a personal or family memoir, but it touches upon several genres, including history, travel, and food writing. Americanized recipes for Soviet-era delicacies, such as kotleti (meat or vegetable patties) and the ubiquitous Salat Olivier (chopped potato salad with pickles, a dish that appeared at practically all Soviet-era celebrations), are included.
The book is also a tribute to the author’s mother, the independent-minded, indomitable Larisa, who tested the recipes along with her daughter in a small New York City apartment kitchen, many years after both had left their homeland..
I enjoyed the author’s clever writing style, sharp observations, and unusual approach to her subject. You’ll find Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking in our catalog here.
Richard loves his beautiful wife and daughter and their life together living in Paris. His career as an artist is not incredibly rewarding and while he enjoys being at home with his daughter much of the time, it all seems a bit mundane. When he meets Lisa his eyes are opened to a whole new world of excitement. After seven months of sneaking around and once Lisa leaves him, he comes clean to his wife.
Things cannot be the same as they were before but after several months they don’t seem to be getting better either. We follow Richard’s twisted feelings of guilt and shame and the battle to figure out what he really wants. Meanwhile Anne is trying to push through this heartbreaking experience and do what’s best for her daughter in the long run. Does she stay or does she go? And how can she ever trust him again?
A piece of art that is representative of their relationship gets sold and the repercussions are more emotionally devastating than they would have thought. Curiously, this failing of his wife gives Richard’s art new focus and revives his relationship with his parents.
Sweet, sad and funny at times, I enjoyed being immersed in Parisian life. Its worth noting that the female author wrote this story from a male’s point of view – always a gamble but one that I think paid off. Highly recommended. You can find I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You in our catalog here.