The 10 Russian Cookbooks that you NEED to try! 👇

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through Russian Cookbooks.

I love discovering new food and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

Food from one of the coldest countries ❄️

Russia is a country that’s famous for its classic literature and extremely cold climate. No matter how frigid the weather may be, local comforting Russian food can warm up your body, heart, and soul. Russia is a culturally rich country owing to its geographical proximity to Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. The country’s traditional foods come packed with a variety of tastes, flavors, and ingredients. If you are a cooking enthusiast or a food connoisseur with a quest to understand a country’s culture, getting to know its food is one of the best ways to do it.

With our top 10 Russian Cookbooks, you will become a seasoned pro in Russian cooking!!

1. The Russian Heritage Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

This classic Russian cookbook covers over 300 family recipes passed down from generation to generation, all collected and compiled by the Russian émigré community of New York. It’s an essential must-have for both Russians and non-Russians alike.  The book also sheds light on interesting historical facts from the 1800s.

The author includes everything you could want in the book– from interesting delicate snacks and drinks to high-tea party menus to an Easter buffet! This book presents delicious meals that have been in families for generations, and all the recipes are easy to follow, too.

About the Author ✍️

The author of this book is Lynn Visson. She is an American of Russian origin and is married to a Russian. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has worked with the United Nations as an interpreter. She has written and translated many books and has authored many articles in the Russian language. She enjoys frequent visits to Russia and has contributed to many cross-cultural projects.

2. The Russia Cookbook for Every Taste

Why We Love It ❤️

If you are a foodie but a little hesitant to try difficult, time-consuming traditional recipes, this collection of easy Russian recipes could be your next go-to guide. The recipes shared are not only easy but healthy and delicious, too. You’ll be delighted by the variety of new tastes to experience.

Owing to the vastness and richness of Russian culture, this book perfectly covers the diversified and unique foods from the Russian region. As a plus, this book is light on the budget, too.

About the Authors ✍️

Stephanie Smirrnow and Feodora Iwanowitsch are the two authors of this book. The Russian Kitchen is the editor and Emma Williams is the translator. Stephanie Smirrnow is a food writer and has published several other cookbooks on Russian and Asian Cuisines. Her books are available in English and in Russian as well.  Feodora Iwanowitsch is a cookbook expert and mostly writes about Russian recipes. Most of her available work is in the Russian language. Emma Williams worked in NHS forensic psychiatric services before becoming a writer; she translated this book from Russian to the English language.

3. Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

Imagine getting to experience the exquisite taste of an original Soviet recipe, an authentic snapshot of Russian cuisine frozen in time. With this book, you can!

The book contains 400 exotic, delicious, and well-composed recipes from the formerly united Soviet Union and now independent entities like Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Polish, and many more.

Overall, it is a fun book for food, history, and cultural history fans. A must-try for lovers of ethnic cuisine!

About the Author ✍️

Anya von Bremzen is the author of this book. She hailed from Moscow and migrated to the West in the mid-70s. She is a food writer and a food consultant. This book came into its final shape after three years of extensive work by Ms. Anya and John Welchman, who traveled extensively through the former USSR, met different chefs, visited markets, and sampled and collected many dishes. John C. Welchman is a Professor of Modern Art History in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California San Diego. He is the editor of Minor Histories: Statements, Conversations, Proposals, a collection of writings by the artist Mike Kelley (MIT Press).

4. A Taste of Russia: A Cookbook of Russian Hospitality

Why We Love It ❤️

A taste of Russia offers a look into traditional Russian cuisines while also sharing informative and engaging essays on the rich cultural and ethnic backgrounds of these recipes.

It’s definitely a great cookbook by itself, but the educational content that’s shared along with the recipes also makes it an interesting read. One may say that the book is more of a novel that presents stories and historical tidbits from the Soviet Era to the present, demonstrating how Russian cooking recipes have changed from the times of old to the modern present day.

About the Author ✍️

Darra Goldstein is an American author and a food scholar. She holds a Ph.D. in Russian Literature and has authored six award-winning cookbooks. She won the James Beard award for her Journal of Food and Culture, titled “Gastronomica”. She is Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian, Emerita at Williams College.

5. A Little Russian Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

The book exhibits and illustrates both taste and tradition. From scrumptious pies to steamy soups and delightful sauces, this English Russian book has it all packaged and ready for you to try. This book covers it all, from starters to main courses to the holiday dessert. Beef Stew Stroganoff is a classic Russian dish and the hero recipe of this book. 

About the Author ✍️

This book is co-authored by Tania Alexander and Vera Konnova-Stone and illustrated by Anne Farrell. Tania was a writer and a theatrical advisor. She was of Russian origin but lived most of her life in Great Britain. Anne Farrell was born in Cheshire and has completed her education at Stockport College of Art. She is a freelance illustrator.

6. Traditional Russian Desserts

Why We Love It ❤️

Have a sweet tooth and the urge to satisfy sugary cravings? Then this is the perfect book for you. The book contains recipes for several dessert dishes. To name a few, there are holiday teacakes, strawberry Romanoff, Chocolate Salami, and many more.

This book offers a delightful dose of sweetness along with authenticity. With dishes that are easy to make and delicious to eat, you sure do not want to miss these delicacies.

About the Author ✍️

Mr. Angelica Rodriguez wrote this book. Mr. Rodriguez is an expert judge in matters of sweets and desserts. He followed his love for sweet foods and has written many cookbooks. He primarily focuses on creating sweet dishes that are not only tasty but healthy as well. Some of his recent recipe books are also inclined toward healthier recipes for conditions like diabetes and heart issues.

7. Salt & Time: Recipes from a Modern Russian Kitchen

Why We Love It ❤️

This Russian cookbook brings interesting insight into modern-day cooking along with a touch of tradition that will satisfy your tastes. With a unique way of storytelling, the book gives the reader a different outlook on the pre-evolutionary Soviet Union, especially the Siberian region.

If you are looking forward to trying out purely authentic Russian recipes, you may find this book somewhat unorthodox. However, the recipes detailed in the book contain ingredients that are easily available for all households.

About the Author ✍️

Alissa Timoshkina wrote this book. Alissa is originally from Russia and has been residing in London since the late 1990s. She holds a Ph.D. in film history. Salt and Time is her debut book, published in 2019. The Guardian, Red Magazine, and Olive Magazine have featured her recipes.   She is currently working on her second cookbook.

8. Russian Cookbook: Traditional Russian Recipes Made Easy

Why We Love It ❤️

Many times, we may find ourselves lost and confused while trying out traditional recipes that involve complex traditional cooking methods and ingredients. This book eliminates this confusion and helps the reader indulge in super easy, tasty recipes.

For those interested in digging deep into Russian culture and exploring the foods that come from this land of rich heritage, this cookbook is wonderful for first-timers.

About the Author ✍️

This book is by Grizzly Publishing, an online publisher that specializes in non-fiction e-books, books, and audio content. Grizzly Publishing offers high-quality, educational content that is easy to understand.

9. Russian Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

Trying out seemingly complicated traditional recipes never felt this easy before. Nothing beats the idea of being served a heart-warming home-cooked meal. Whether you grew up eating traditional Russian cuisine at home or you just want to try these out, this recipe book might be the best option for you.

Cook amazingly delicious traditional recipes with incredible ease. They even share traditional foods with German. Surprise yourself and your friends and family by serving them meals that take them down memory lane or entice them with new ethnic foods. 

About the Author ✍️

Lucy Harris is the author of this cookbook. Lucy Harris is a food writer and this book is her only publication currently available.

10. The Ultimate Russian Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

This classic Russian cookbook invites readers to explore the delectable cuisines of Russia. Appropriate for those who always want to try something new or simply want to learn the secrets of dishing out tons of tasty meals, this cookbook is a wealth of inspiration for Russian cooking.

This flavor-packed cookbook has 111 carefully selected recipes that cater to the needs of both vegans and meat lovers. Pick your favorite recipe and get cooking!

About the Author ✍️

Slavka Bodic was born in the Balkans and raised in Yugoslavia. She is passionate about Russian cuisine and keeping traditional recipes alive through books. She has written several cookbooks and shares recipes from all around the world. She enjoys sharing Balkan recipes and wants to preserve the taste that her grandmother brought to traditional Balkan food.

Food is a powerful tool that can be used to experience another culture. Making cuisine that originates from a foreign culture is a fun, exciting way to “explore the world” from your own kitchen. Whether you are familiar with Russian food or just curious about what mouthwatering goodness waits for you in the world of Russian cuisine, trying out our top cookbook picks is sure to get you well on your way to being a Russian cuisine connoisseur.

About Russian Food

Russia is a culturally rich country owing to its geographical proximity to Asia, Eastern Europe ( Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, and the western part of the Russian Federation), and the Middle East.

Food is an excellent medium to experience a nation’s cultural identity, and what better way to immerse yourself in culture than eating traditional foods that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to travel to Russia to taste the delicious local cuisines, you can learn to make them all by yourself.

Russia is a large, diverse, and European country, so it only makes sense that its cuisine ranges from simple to elegant. I hope that this Russian cookbook list helps guide you into this exciting cuisine.

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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. She loves bringing smiles to people with the delicious visuals, smells, and tastes of food. Chef Zara's passion for baking started at a very young age, and she has never looked back since. She enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When she’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world. Chef Zara holds a Associate of Arts and Sciences from Kendall College and is a sought after private chef. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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