Anya von Bremzen

A Recipe For Nostalgia, And Ambivalence

Whether you’re newly arrived or a veteran citizen, a recipe from ‘Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking’ works for Thanksgiving.

11/11/2013 - 19:00
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Almost 40 years ago, just in time for the holidays, the young Anya von Bremzen and her refusenik mother Larisa Frumkin stepped onto American soil. The experience fell far short of any émigré fantasy, but became fodder for a high-flown food career and a book, “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking” (Crown), published earlier this fall. Even today, von Bremzen remembers the hardships and weird pleasures of that first Chanukah and Thanksgiving in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Von Bremzen and her mother, Larisa Frumkin, emigrated together and cook together. Michael Datikash
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