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Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking – Member Book Discussion Series

Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am


Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking:  A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen

Led by Deborah McKnight, TMORA Docent

Registration opens October 23rd, 2017 at 9:00am – This is a free event.  Space is limited.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.


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.  

Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 10:30am |  The Museum of Russian Art

Exclusive to Members of The Museum of Russian Art, this series is a small group book discussion group led by a different docent each month. Read up with us, and join in the fun!  All books available in The IZBA Gift Shop at The Museum of Russian Art.



Saturday, November 18, 2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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