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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Happy Paskha 2012!

Paskha, the Orthodox Easter, usually falls on a different day from its Christian counterpart, because its computation is still based on the Julian calendar. I realize I don’t have many Paskha-themed recipes, and almost no new ones since last year, but here it comes: If you want to try something different, I suggest the roasted […]

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Happy Novruz!

Wishing you all a happy Novruz! I am including some pictures of President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva taking part in the festivities in Baku, eating plov (above) or drinking tea with the traditional sweets (below). I realize that Food Perestroika’s repertoire of Azeri cuisine is somewhat limited at the moment (the most notable […]

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Happy Maslenitsa 2012!

If you live in New York, you probably haven’t noticed that winter’s coming to an end — because you haven’t realized it even started! Nevertheless, Maslenitsa, the Orthodox pancake week symbolizing the end of the cold season, is already well under way. And what’s not to love about a week dedicated to stuffing yourself with dairy […]

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