I don’t usually post my Russian books on this blog, I’ve tried to limit it to my English collection, but here we go:
From 1952, from Prishchepromisdat Publishers, The Book of Tasty and Healthy Meals, or at least that’s how I translated the title. Perhaps a reader will correct my translation. By professor O. P. Molchanova, professor D. I. Lobanov, M. O. Lifshits, and N P Tsyplenkov. A glorious and gilded cookbook, a Stalinist celebration of gastronomic abundance and the peaceful, plentiful domestic bliss of victorious socialism. We begin with the embossed cover:
The inside cover is a centerfold of the great Soviet domestic banquet.
My cookbook starts with a quote from the great father of the peoples, Comrade Stalin. Can you top that, Jamie Oliver?
These montages remind me of the work found in USSR in Construction; it’s rare to find photomontage in late Stalinist publications like this one.
And then we have these extraordinary colour plates. Enjoy.