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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.
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.