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Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya Von Bremzen

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

Interesting at first, but it wasn't quite the food memoir I was expecting from the descriptions.  It was nice to have the historical context, but this often overtook the more interesting stuff about food and the author's experiences and family, and I felt like I had to slog through a lot of dull history to get to the (dwindling) good stuff.