Starred Review

Salt & Time: Recipes from a Russian Kitchen

by Alissa Timoshkina

In Salt & Time, Alissa Timoshkina writes with passion and nostalgia about the dishes of her home country of Russia, food "tinted with the stereotypes of the Cold War and obscured by the complexities of contemporary Russian politics."

Thoughtful introductions lead into each recipe, giving Timoshkina's updated versions of classic Russian dishes both historical and personal context. She describes her recipe for borscht as "taking a bit (okay, a lot) of creative license" and "iconoclastic." She offers three

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The Art of Escapism Cooking: A Survival Story, with Intensely Good Flavors

by Mandy Lee

"I'm not selling you a lifestyle; I'm telling you how I evaded one." Unenthused expat Mandy Lee started her "angry food blog" Lady and Pups after she began attacking her depression with attempts at from-scratch pasta. Loathing Beijing as much as she adored New York City, her previous home, Lee turned a tiny kitchen into a refuge and the act of cooking into the art of survival. In essays (and recipes) as hearty and salty as her Ramen Seasoning, Lee revisits the experiences that led her to master delicacies

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tonight Show: Rachel Maddow, author of Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth (Crown, $30, 9780525575474).

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Fresh Air: Andrew Marantz, author of Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation (Viking, $28, 9780525522263).

Here & Now: Judd Apatow, editor of It's Garry Shandling's Book (Random House, $40, 9780525510840).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Steve Kornacki, author of The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism (Ecco, $19.99, 9780062439000).

Monday, November 11, 2019

Fresh Air: Judd Apatow, editor of It's Garry Shandling's Book (Random House, $40, 9780525510840).
 
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Whoopi Goldberg, author of The Unqualified Hostess (Rizzoli, $35, 9780847866984).

Thursday, November 7, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Lynda Barry, author of Making Comics (Drawn and Quarterly, $22.95, 9781770463691) and Chris Ware, author of Rusty Brown (Pantheon, $35, 9780375424328).
 
Daily Show: Jenny Slate, author of Little Weirds (Little, Brown, $27, 9780316485340).

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Fresh Air: Saeed Jones, author of How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781501132735).
 
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jenny Slate, author of Little Weirds (Little, Brown, $27, 9780316485340).
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