People in the UK have been finding release from the stresses of lockdown through two trends: Veganuary, a month-long campaign to encourage plant-based eating, and “The Great“, a popular TV comedy about the Romanov Tsarina, Catherine.
Hardly surprisingly, Catherine was no vegan. But what did she really eat? That is revealed by a new book from East Kent publisher Ozaru Books.
“Courtly Feasts to Kremlin Banquets” details numerous menus from inside the Russian Imperial household, both at the Kremlin and at their summer dacha in the Crimea. It includes full recipes (with both US and UK units & ingredients)
But it is far more than just a cookery book. The 204-page volume, freshly translated from a bestseller in Russia, also contains a wealth of historical information about Russian cuisine, from the 16th century through to the revolution and beyond. There’s even a recent menu from a dinner attended by Vladimir Putin – although no indiscretions regarding the recently revealed “Putin’s Palace”!
The profusely illustrated, full-colour hardback features a foreword by Her Highness Princess Olga Romanoff, and an epilogue describing her home Provender, in Kent. It is now available from all good bookshops, both bricks-and-mortar and online.