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Exploring food markets, developing recipes, and just eating was once my hobby, but now it is a full-time job. I write about food markets around the world, develop recipes, and study culinary history and emerging trends. I have a particular interest in Russian and Eastern European cuisine and culinary history.
I believe that great books are part of a life well lived and this extends to audio entertainment. Under the Lifestyle umbrella, I review books, podcasts, and audiobooks, I discuss writing and reading and am constantly on the lookout for new ways to be productive and clear all manner of clutter from my life.
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A conversation with Professor Michael Khodarkovsky about his new book, Russia’s 20th Century: a fresh look at the arc of Soviet history.
For scholars of The Soviet Thaw era, To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture offers keen insight into the minds of ordinary Soviet citizens encountering unexpected emotions that Western culture helped define.
In Caroline Boggis-Rolfe’s authoritative The Baltic Story, we meet pirates, princes, and prelates. While much divides the Slavs, Balts, Saxons, Poles, and Scandinavian peoples, much also unites them: rugged individualism and a desire to expand the boundaries of their known world.