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Russian Recipes

Russia is well-known for its agriculture, and most traditional Russian dishes stem from this heritage. Additionally, Russian cooks have taken influences from the country's historic neighbours such the Ottoman Empire and Persia, and this "Eastern" influence can be seen in many dishes.
  • Many cereal crops, including wheat, rye, millet and barley are grown in the rich Russian soil, and these provide the raw materials for breads, pancakes, kvass (a weakly alcoholic "bread drink") as well as bread and vodka.

  • Vegetables include beet, carrots, cucumber, potatoes, rutabagas (yellow turnips) and turnips.

  • Berries, mushrooms and honey are also used, as are meats, poultry, fish and game.
Soups form a very important part of the Russian diet. Russian soups include:
  • Borshch - The Russian version of borscht. It is a vegetable soup that is primarily made from bets, although meat, cabbage and potatoes are often added.

  • Shchi - Russia's traditional cabbage soup. This soup comes in many varieties, for example their is a poor-man's version made from only cabbage and onions, and richer versions which add additional ingredients such as meat, carrots, parsley, spices and herbs, as well as apples, smetana (Russian sour cream) or pickle water.

  • Soljanka - This is a thick soup with a sour spicy flavor. The dish always contains pickled cucumbers, and may also include cabbage, cream, dill and salty mushrooms. Mushrooms, meat or fish are also present in the soup.


  • Okroshka - This traditional Russian soup is made from kvas (the Russian bread drink), and served cold. There are several varieties of this soup, respectively based around fish, meat or vegetables. In all cases the soup is made from a combination of neutral-tasting vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, rutabagas (yellow turnips) and turnips, together with green onions and other spicy vegetables such as celery,chervil, dill, parsley or tarragon. Spices are often added to the soup, and these may include black pepper, mustard or pickled cucumber.

  • Teur - This soup is very similar to okroshka, however it is made using bread instead of vegetables.

Some other popular Russian dishes include:
  • Studen (Kholodets) - This is jellied meat (pork or veal) made using spices and a small amount of added vegetables. The meat is boiled for a long-time and the chilled. This dish can be used as a garnish for other dishes, or may be eaten cold, in the latter case it is served with horse radish, mustard or smetana (Russian sour cream).

  • Pirozhki - This dish is similar pie. It is a bun stuffed with a cooked filling. Most fillings include chopped hard-boiled eggs as well as other ingredients. The other ingredients may be mashed potatoes and sour cream, chopped boiled meat, or fish sautéed with onions.

  • Blini - Blini is one of the better known dishes outside of Russia - they are thin pancakes, made from wheat or buckwheat, which are usually served topped with caviar or sour cream (but never both).

  • Katlyeti - These are small meatloves made from beef or pork that are cooked by pan-frying.

  • Shashlyk - Shashlyk is the Russian version of shish kebab (a kebab made using alternating slices of meat and onions) Although not brought into the country until the 19th century, it soon became a popular dish, and remains a popular street food throughout Russia.

    Shashlyk being cooked

Additionally, beginning in the 18th century during the reign of Catherine the Great, Russian began to open to the West. Most noteably, many Russian noble households brought chefs and other household staff from France, resulting in a new Franco-Russian cuisine - which includes many of the most famous "Russian" dishes now known around the world:
  • Veal Orloff - This dish was created by Urbain Dubois, who was the chef to Prince Orloff (the Russian ambassador to France). A braised loin of veal is cut thinly into slices, and then the slices are restacked with layers of pureed mushrooms and onions inbetween each slice. The dish is then topped with white sauce and cheese, and browned in the oven.

    Beef Stroganoff
  • Beef Stoganoff - Although the exact origins of this dish remain obscure it is believed to trace its roots to the 19th century. The dish consists of sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce with sour cream.

  • Sharlotka (charlotte russe) - This dessert was created by Marie Antoine Carême, the chef to Czar Alexander I. A mould is lined with lady fingers (small light sponge cakes, each about the size of a finger), and then filled with Bavarian creme, which is a type of thick custard (it is thickened using gelatin).
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Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking

By Bonnie Frumkin Morales

Released: 2017-11-14
Kindle Edition (400 pages)

Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking
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Celebrated Portland chef Bonnie Frumkin Morales brings her acclaimed Portland restaurant Kachka into your home kitchen with a debut cookbook enlivening Russian cuisine with an emphasis on vibrant, locally sourced ingredients.

“With Kachka, Bonnie Morales has done something amazing: thoroughly update and modernize Russian cuisine while steadfastly holding to its traditions and spirit. Thank you comrade!”
Alton Brown

From bright pickles to pillowy dumplings, ingenious vodka infusions to traditional homestyle dishes, and varied zakuski to satisfying sweets, Kachka the cookbook covers the vivid world of Russian cuisine. More than 100 recipes show how easy it is to eat, drink, and open your heart in Soviet-inspired style, from the celebrated restaurant that is changing how America thinks about Russian food.

The recipes in this book set a communal table with nostalgic Eastern European dishes like Caucasus-inspired meatballs, Porcini Barley Soup, and Cauliflower Schnitzel, and give new and exciting twists to current food trends like pickling, fermentation, and bone broths.

Kachka’s recipes and narratives show how Russia’s storied tradition of smoked fish, cultured dairy, and a shot of vodka can be celebratory, elegant, and as easy as meat and potatoes. The food is clear and inviting, rooted in the past yet not at all afraid to play around and wear its punk rock heart on its sleeve.

Russian Cookbook: Traditional Russian Recipes Made Easy

By Grizzly Publishing

Released: 2018-02-05
Kindle Edition (122 pages)

Russian Cookbook: Traditional Russian Recipes Made Easy
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A cookbook on traditional Russian cuisine that outlines recipes not to be read as a pastime but to be followed in the kitchen with ease and without confusion – that is exactly what this cookbook is all about.

You may have had doubts or an initial level interest in the food culture of Russia; perhaps you never got around to digging a little deeper into the recipes and ingredients that are most widely used in Russian cooking. Well, fret not! This cookbook is here as your knight in shining armor.

Apart from shedding light on the foods that have been indulged in throughout the ages and history of this land, this book also helps you understand how everything that looks daunting to try out – is actually not. In this book, you will get access to authentic recipes for:

  • The world famous beef stroganoff
  • Authentic Russian soups like Borscht
  • Interesting desserts options like Chak Chak
  • And some wide variety of authentic Russian breakfast, salads and soup recipes.

Every single Russian recipe you have ever heard of but found the very concept of to be intimidating is, in fact, something you could just waltz into your kitchen and whip it up with ease, glee, and a tempting aroma wafting through your home.

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Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & The Caucasus

By Caroline Eden

Kyle Cathie Ltd
Released: 2016-06-07
Hardcover (224 pages)

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Over hundreds of years, various ethnic groups have passed through Samarkand, sharing and influencing each other's cuisine and leaving their culinary stamp. This book is a love letter to Central Asia and the Caucasus, containing personal travel essays and recipes little known in the West that have been expertly adapted for the home cook.

An array of delicious dishes introduce the region and its different ethnic groups-Uzbek, Tajik, Russian, Turkish, Korean, Caucasian, and Jewish-along with a detailed introduction to the Silk Road and a useful store cupboard of essential ingredients.

Chapters are divided into A Shared Table, Soups, Roast Meats & Kebabs, Warming Food for Long Winters, Plovs & Pilafs, Accompaniments, Breads & Doughs, Drinks, and Desserts & Sweetmeats. One hundred recipes are showcased, including Apricot & Red Lentil Soup, Chapli Kebabs, Rosh Hashanah Plov with Barberries, Pomegranate, & Quince, Kefir Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup, and the all-important regional breads. And with evocative travel features such as Lunch on the Road to Samarkand, A Banquet on the Caspian Sea, and Shopping under Kyrgyzstan's Sacred Mountain, you will be charmed and enticed by this relatively untouched region and its cuisine.

The New Russian Cookbook: A Simple Guide to Delicious Russian Cooking

By BookSumo Press

BookSumo Press
Released: 2018-04-29
Kindle Edition (149 pages)

The New Russian Cookbook: A Simple Guide to Delicious Russian Cooking
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Mother Russia.

Get your copy of the best and most unique Russian recipes from BookSumo Press!

Come take a journey with us into the delights of easy cooking. The point of this cookbook and all our cookbooks is to exemplify the effortless nature of cooking simply.

In this book we focus on Russian cuisine. The New Russian Cookbook is a complete set of simple but very unique Russian recipes. You will find that even though the recipes are simple, the tastes are quite amazing.

So will you join us in an adventure of simple cooking?

Here is a Preview of the Russian Recipes You Will Learn:

  • How to Make Beef Stroganoff
  • Stallion Stuffed Peppers Casserole
  • Savory Pancakes with Roasted Pepper Relish
  • Red Feta Salad
  • Cream Omelet
  • Spicy Tea Style Dressing
  • Granny's Upside Down Apple Pie
  • Traditional Black Russian Rye Bread
  • Mecanical Russian Bread
  • Classic Homemade Pierogis
  • Farmer's Cheese Cakes
  • Saucy Cabbage Pot
  • Herbed Cottage Bread
  • Golden Chicken Fritters
  • Yukon Stir fry
  • Spicy Nuts Cake
  • Deli Meats Soup
  • Corn Cakes with Wild Salmon
  • Bean Jam Stew
  • Chocolate Chip Cake
  • Samara Sausage Stew
  • Creamy Meaty Mushroom and Macaroni
  • Fruity Chicken and Peanuts Stew
  • Wild Goose Roast with Apple Sauce
  • Much, much more!

Again remember these recipes are unique so be ready to try some new things. Also remember that the style of cooking used in this cookbook is effortless. So even though the recipes will be unique and great tasting, creating them will take minimal effort!

Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook

By Anya von Bremzen

Brand: Workman Publishing Company
Paperback (688 pages)

Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook
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From the robust foods of the Baltic states to the delicately perfumed pilafs of Azerbaijan, from borscht and beef stroganoff to the grains and yogurts of Georgia, Anya von Bremzen and John Welchman take Westerners on a spectacular tour of the many and varied cuisines of the fifteen former Soviet republics. Anya von Bremzen, a native Muscovite, grew up on regional cooking and has traveled extensively throughout the former Soviet Union, visiting professional chefs, touring markets, and sampling and gathering dishes. Covering eleven time zones and hundreds of recipes, Please to the Table brings to light the astounding culinary diversity of this corner of the world-and the similarities between the cuisines, too. Here are Byelorussion Mushroom Croquettes, Armenian Stuffed Mussels, and dozens of other zakuski-the "little bites" that are the heart and soul of Russian meals. Soups from Armenian Lentil and Apricot Soup to Lithuanian Apple Soup with Apple Dumplings. Dozens of entrees including Uzbek Lamb Pilaf, Russian Salmon with Sorrel and Spinach, Azerbaijani Quail in Walnut and Pomegranate Sauce, Armenian Pumpkin Moussaka. And side dishes, salads, beverages, and desserts such as Russian Cranberry Mousse and an Almond and Pistachio Paklava. Plus vatrushki, pampushki, halushki, blinchiki, sirniki, and pirozhki. Winner of the 1990 James Beard Food and Beverage Book Award. Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club's Homestyle Books and the Better Homes & Gardens Family Book Service. 58,000 copies in print.

A Taste of Russia: A Cookbook of Russia Hospitality

By Darra Goldstein

Edward & Dee
Paperback (280 pages)

A Taste of Russia: A Cookbook of Russia Hospitality
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Redesigned with a fresh, modern presentation, the 30th anniversary edition of this classic cookbook layers superbly reseached recipes with informative essays on the dishes' rich historical and cultural contexts. With more than 200 recipes for everything from borscht to bliny, from salmon coulibiac to beef stew with rum, from marinated mushrooms to walnut-honey-filled pies, this mouthwatering assortment truly exhibits the best that Russian cooking has to offer. The book has been revised and updated with a new preface that considers the changes in Russian culinary culture since its original publication and offers a dozen delectable new recipes, such as onion dumplings, horseradish vodka, and whipped raspberry mousse.

The Ultimate Russian Cookbook: Amazing Russian Food Recipes for the Soul

By Daniel Humphreys

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (126 pages)

The Ultimate Russian Cookbook: Amazing Russian Food Recipes for the Soul
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"The Ultimate Russian Cookbook - Amazing Russian Food Recipes for the Soul" is truly the best and most interesting cookbook ever!

You won’t find anything similar on the market! It’s the most exciting and amazing cooking journal dedicated to the Russian cuisine.

It was specially developed to reach everyone’s hearts. It will make you fall in love with this delightful international cuisine and it will guarantee your success in the kitchen.

Learn how to combine ingredients, flavors and textures. Learn how to make authentic Russian dishes. Just imagine how impressed everyone around you will be when you make Abzhorka, Ajepsandal or the world famous Vinaigrette salad, a true Russian beets borscht, pickled salmon or the sweet and tasty Gogol Mogol.

It sounds really amazing, doesn’t it?

Make sure you get your hands on this special cookbook which is exactly what you need in your life right now. The Ultimate Russian Cookbook - Amazing Russian Food Recipes for the Soul It’s about time you changed the way you cook. It’s time you changed your ordinary meals into real culinary experiences.

This cooking journal will help you!

Just start cooking the Russian way!

Recipes: Russian Cooking (Foods of the World)

Time-Life Books
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  • Baked Stuffed Eggplant Halves
  • Fish Cakes with Mustard Sauce
  • Chocolate Almond Torte with Mocha Frosting
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Ethnic Russian recipes.

Recipes from My Russian Grandmother's Kitchen: Discover the rich and varied character of Russian cuisine in 60 traditional dishes

By Elena Makhonko

Hardcover (128 pages)

Recipes from My Russian Grandmother s Kitchen: Discover the rich and varied character of Russian cuisine in 60 traditional dishes
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This evocative and beautifully photographed cookbook is packed with authentic and much-loved dishes such as Chicken Kiev, Pelmini (little dumplings), the salmon-filled pie Koulibiac, Stroganoff and the Easter dessert Paskha.


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