Clockwise from top left: Borscht, Blini and Caviar I, Blilni and Caviar II, Slavic Chocolate Pie, and Kasha
"prosim k stolu" - Russian for "Please to the table"
Long tradition of hospitality and comaraderie.
Common foods: bulgur, yogurt, grilled meats, river and lake fish, sheeps cheeses, sumak, pomegranates, fenugreek, beets, cabbage, potatoes, pork, sausages
- Profound French influence from late 17th to early/mid 18th century
- In Caucasus: Chinese and Indian
- Scandinavian in Baltic states
- Commonalities with Polish, Hungarian, and Romainian cooking
- Large populations of Jews and gypsies
Zakuska - "little bites" - Russian hors d'oeuvres
Culturally isolated from Western Europe till 17th century (Peter the Great)
Marie-Antoine Careme worked in St. Petersburg: time of Charlotte Russe, Beef Stroganoff, Beef Shish Kebob, Salmon Coulibiac, Chicken Kiev, Chicken Crouquettes Pozharsky