The Food Perestroika Manifesto

When I started this blog over two years ago, I never took the time to write a mission statement. So I’ll kick off 2013 by fixing this. Here is the Food Perestroika manifesto! I’m also adding it to my About page. The word perestroika may be forever associated with Mikhail Gorbachev’s reformation movement in the late eighties, but […]

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The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2012

Just like last year, here’s a summary of the restaurants I reviewed in 2012, grouped into two categories: recommended (rating > 6), and not worth a special visit (rating between 5 and 6). As a reminder, I usually mention decor and service in my posts, but only the food is being rated. Luckily, no establishment […]

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Happy Holidays 2012!

Dear readers, I wish you all happy holidays, and a lot of success in the kitchen for your dinner plans! Of course, this is the perfect time of the year to try some of my most festive recipes! Start your meal with my deluxe Salad Olivier or King Crab Salad. If you prefer hot appetizers, […]

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Food Perestroika at the Dalton Chorale Winter Concert

As a holiday surprise, a program ad was placed for Food Perestroika at the Dalton Chorale Winter Concert by my partner (she’s an alto). They sang works by Franz Joseph Haydn, the famed Austrian composer (who, incidentally, spent the majority of his career under the employment of the wealthy Hungarian Esterházy family). It was a beautiful concert. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving 2012!

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans! If you haven’t made a dinner plan for Turkey Day, it’s not entirely too late: Instead of preparing a whole bird, make Turkey Schnitzel. Go for a smaller beast, and try the Guinea Hen Satsivi or Chicken Tabaka (though if you don’t want to eat at midnight, you’ll have to shorten the marinating time). As […]

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This is a Georgian Food Blog

A few month ago, I was announcing that this is a Russian food blog — and it worked. But, as you’ve certainly noticed by now, this is more than that. For example, this is also a Georgian food blog. The Georgia we’re talking about here is the Republic of Georgia of course, in the Caucasus; and […]

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This Is A Russian Food Blog

This Is A Russian Food Blog

Only today did I realize that if you google “russian food blog”, Food Perestroika doesn’t appear in the first 10 pages (I didn’t look beyond that). Moreover, all of the blogs on the first result page, though sometimes quite interesting, only post a handful of articles a year, when they haven’t stopped all together. Don’t […]

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Summer Recipes

We don’t have palm trees here in New York (the stamp above represents the botanical garden in Sukhum), but the heat wave that’s befallen us for several weeks now makes it clear that summer’s in full swing. Here are some of my past recipes for the season. It’s prime time for preserves galore: try the peach-raspberry […]

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Happy May Day, and Spring Recipes

You may be working today (I am), but I wish you a happy May Day all the same! And now that spring is more or less here — the first ramps, asparagus, and strawberries have made their appearance at New York’s farmers markets, but it was snowing in the Finger Lakes on Friday — here is a […]

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