Recipes

A culture’s traditional foods often reveal many things about it: the climate and soil conditions in which it grew, the variety of ingredients and nutrients its early members had at hand, and the cultural influences it came into contact with. Traditional foods are often considered both beloved and essential parts of belonging to a culture. The below resources concentrate on the traditional foods of some of Eurasia’s diverse cultures, presenting them in bilingual recipes and with histories and descriptions of the food’s current place in the modern culture that consumes them. For more on food traditions, see the Traditions section of this site.

Kulebyaka: The Refined Pirog

Кулебяка (kulebyaka) is one of Russian cooking’s refined delicacies. It’s also somewhat of a mystery to many, who know of it only from the works of great Russian authors such as Chekhov and Gogol. Chekhov, in “The Siren,” makes the dish sound sensual: «Кулебяка должна быть аппетитная, бесстыдная, во всей своей наготе, чтоб соблазн был.» […]

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