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From: "Glenn R. Mack" <grmack@mail.utexas.edu>
Subject: book announcement: Food Culture in Russia and Central Asia
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2005

PUBL.- Glenn R. Mack, Food Culture in Russia and Central Asia
Just released from Greenwood Press:
Food Culture in Russia and Central Asia
Glenn R. Mack and Asele Surina

The diversity of food cultures within the former Soviet Union, with more than 100 distinct nationalities, is overwhelming, but "Food Culture in Russia and Central Asia" distills the main elements of contemporary cuisine and food-related customs for scholars, students, and food professionals. Vibrant descriptions of the legacy of the Silk Road; the classic foods such as kasha, pirogi, non (flatbread), pickles, and shashlyk (shish kebab); the over-the-top Moscow theme restaurants; and meals at the dacha and tea time are just some of the highlights.

After centuries of contact and conflict among peoples of Eurasia, Russian and Central Asian cuisines and culinary cultures have much in common. To understand one, the other must be considered as well. Russia and Central Asia cuisines share many ingredients, dishes, and customs. This volume strives to emphasize the evolving and multifaceted nature of the food cultures. Readers will be able to appreciate the ingredients, cooking methods, and traditions that make up the Eurasian foodways.

GLENN R. MACK is a food historian with MAs from Columbia and The University of Texas. After seven years in with Time Magazine in Moscow and New York, Glenn left journalism for culinary research on the Silk Road. His travels took him to all the Central Asian nations, as well as several trips to Xinjiang, China.

ASELE SURINA is a Russian native and graduated from Moscow State University with a Master's degree in Journalism. Since 1999 she has worked at the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Texas, responsible for joint projects with an archaeological museum in Crimea, Ukraine.

For an interview contact Glenn Mack at grmack@mail.utexas.edu.

Greenwood Press

June 2005

260 pages, map; photos

Hardcover ISBN: 0-313-32773-4 Price: $49.95 or 28.99

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