I'm really surprised at all the 5 stars reviews. As an authentic Russian (I got this book for my daughter, who grew up outside of Russia, and has almost forgotten real Russian dishes) I just kept saying, looking at the recipies: "No, this is never done like that in Russia... No, you don't make this like that...". For instance, no, you don't put any fat into pelmeny dough (the dough is exactly the same as pasta!); and no, Russians don't make pies out of pastry dough, they always make it out of bread dough (which is largely like pizza dough); and you cannot make kulich with a couple of eggs, you will need 5-6, plenty of eggs in a kulich is the whole point...(By the way, kulich is basically the same as panettone). Well, I could go on about the shortcomings of this book... All in all, I found the falsity of the book very disappointing, so I got rid of it. I find the author's -Elena Makhonko - claim to be an expert in Russian cooking simply untrue.
I'm still looking for a good Russian cookbook; unfortunately, from what I've seen so far on Amazon, the authors just do not deliver, and, putting it bluntly, are simply telling fibs! To those who want to try to cook something (nearly) Russian, I could recommend to look up a Jewish - yes- cookbook, Eastern European Jewish; or a Polish, or a Czechoslovakian one, or even a German or Scandinavian - their food is largely the same as Russian.
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: ANNESS PUBLISHING (11 November 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1903141575
- ISBN-13: 978-1903141571
- Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1.6 x 29.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 962 g
- Customer Reviews: 24 customer ratings