Katish by Wanda Frolov
Our Russian Cook (Modern Library Food)

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Katish, round as a plum and neat as a pin, arrived in Los Angeles as a Russian emigre in the 1920s. As Wanda L. Frolov remembers, her house was brought to life by this humble genius of the kitchen, whose English was unpredictable and whose love of company (especially that of the downtrodden) was unstoppable. Soon Katish was nourishing the bellies and the souls of a happy throng with her blini and pilaf, her shashlik and borscht. On the side, she brokered marriages and started bank accounts for new emigres, presiding over all from her spotless pastry table.

Katish offers deliciously simple Russian country cooking enveloped in a warm and cheering narrative, tender as the crust of Katish's own piroshky. It includes Katish's Cheesecake, one of the most beloved recipes ever published in Gourmet magazine.


About Wanda Frolov

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Wanda L. Frolov wrote for Gourmet magazine for many years. Her stories of Katish first appeared there and were later gathered into a book published in 1947.
Published June 26, 2001 by Modern Library. 176 pages
Genres: Cooking, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Not only do they sound too tempting for my figure, but they are charmingly done, in much the way that Clementine in the Kitchen made its way to every gourmet's heart.

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Gently sentimental, irony-free writing is rare today, and while it's fortunate that it is no longer "okay" to mock foreigners for grammatical errors (Katish speaks in broken phrases like "Good steak is thanks to butcher") readers will appreciate the display of innocence therein.

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