I grew up interested in the Cold War, and picked this up entirely on a whim, and I would go as far to say that it was one of my favorite reads of 2019. I read this in one sitting. It is a fascinating description of the Soviet Union through descriptions of food, and how she can no longer recreate those memories because of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ana grew up in a world of shortages and a food culture that was implemented by the state, until moving to America in the 1970s. The policies of the USSR eradicated hundreds of years of traditions, and what was available was a rare treat or could be difficult to make at home. The author talks about the childhood treats she loved, and her description of her walk to go and buy a fish pie as a child remains one of my favorite things that I have ever read. The author also uses her move to the USA to describe the immigrant experience; her description of how a fast food server patronized her when she ordered a bologna sandwich, one of her favorite meals 'at home', as a new immigrant to America haunted me for days afterwards and entirely changed my own opinions on food. Honestly, read this book!

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