Food Perestroika's 5th Anniversary

Food Perestroika Turned Five, and Starting Throwback Thursdays

Food Perestroika turned five and I didn’t even celebrate! Well, that’s not really true. This blog’s anniversary also coincides with all the birthdays in my little family, plus Halloween, so I have in fact been celebrating for over three weeks. Still, it’s time to congratulate Food Perestroika on its longevity and wish it many more successful […]

Back From Kazakhstan

Back from Kazakhstan

I’ve just returned from a 10-day trip to Kazakhstan, mostly touring the country’s three largest cities, and therefore spending a lot of time visiting food markets, stores, and restaurants. Every day, time and again, I put my gastroenteric well-being on the line to bring you back the best stories. Drinking fermented camel’s milk and eating horse meat steaks done […]


Welcome, Liberland!

Food Perestroika would like to congratulate Liberland on being the newest country in Eastern Europe. By virtue of geography, it automatically falls under the umbrella of this blog, and perhaps I will fill future posts with related recipes, and travel stories! Hey, why not? But what is Liberland, you may ask. In a nutshell. this is a libertarian […]


The Chef Watson Cookbook

… is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! The above video, produced by the Institute of Culinary Education, gives a taste of things to come. I introduced Chef Watson on this blog last year, and I’ve posted a few recipes made with its help: a Baltic apple pie created by Michael Laiskonis, a […]

Tirana - National Historical Museum

New Server, New Theme!

Frequent readers will certainly have noticed some changes in Food Perestroika’s look and feel over the past few days. This is still a work in progress, so I apologize for the less-than-perfect appearance. Here’s what’s been cooking: I’m out of! Now I can install whatever themes and plug-ins I like, but what this means for you […]


The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2014

I can’t believe I reviewed only six restaurants this year! That’s four less than last year, even though I still feel like I spent all my time eating Eastern European food. However, I can comfort myself by saying that my reviews are getting more thorough, and by looking at all of the many shorter restaurant […]


Happy Holidays 2014!

Dear readers, Before heading to France and Czech Republic for the next two weeks, I’d like to wish you all happy holidays! I plan to come back with enthusiastic (I hope!) reports on modern Czech cuisine, but in the meantime, if you’re still looking for ideas for your dinner parties, here’s a small selection of […]


Chef Watson on MUNCHIES

OK, OK, I promise I won’t bug you with my off-topic work stuff for a while after this, but I just published a piece about Chef Watson on MUNCHIES: I’m Happy to Have a Computer Help Me Cook Better. The article focuses on the history of cookbooks, which you might find interesting even if you don’t care […]


Chef Watson 2014 Holiday News

You might remember that apart from this blog, my day job as a software engineer has been all about Chef Watson — the app that helps you discover never-seen-before recipe ideas — and I have a couple of announcements to share just in time for the start of the holiday season: Back in September, I spoke about the […]

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