The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

Thoughts    The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky, Europa Editions 2011 (orig 2010),262 pages, THIRD book to complete (I think) the Europa Editions Challenge

OK. This is one wild weird strange but compelling story! I kept wondering where it was going. I was both appalled and impressed by Rosy. And I had to keep reading just to find out WHAT THE HECK IS going to happen here?! When it was all over, all I could think was, “Well, that was strange.”  I enjoyed it.

I am just going to pull the first sentence and the last paragraph from the blurb (which you can also get to by clicking on the book cover above):

Rosa Achmetowna is the outrageously nasty and wily narrator of this rollicking family saga from the author of Broken Glass Park.

oooooooooooooo Anyone read Broken Glass Park, also published by Europa?   I will read it someday.

Told with sly humor and an anthropologist’s eye for detail, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine is the story of three unforgettable women whose destinies are tangled up in a family dynamic that is at turns hilarious and tragic. In her new novel, Russian-born Alina Bronsky gives readers a moving portrait of the devious limits of the will to survive.

RATING:   Four slices of pie. A savory beet pie? I can’t recall reading about any pies served in this – which is most unlike me not to notice, or there just weren’t any…    


Thank you Softdrink!!!   xoxoxo

and then I ‘playfully shoved it on’ Nancy:  Read her awesome review of this by clicking on this sentence.   and keep reading, it’s at the end of her short update…


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19 Responses to “The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine”

  1. 1 Bookfool, aka Nancy September 7, 2011 at 9:12 am

    “Devious limits of the will to survive” is an interesting description. I’m having fun reading your copy. :)

  2. 3 rhapsodyinbooks September 7, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Beet pie? That’s interesting! I didn’t know there was such a thing!

  3. 5 Eva September 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

    You’ve made me curious about this one! I’ll have to try it. :)

  4. 7 Kailana September 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    You make this sound interesting enough that I am now curious…

  5. 11 softdrink September 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Broken Glass Park is very different (although with some similarities…how’s that for confusing). Much more serious and without the appallingly appealing main character.

  6. 13 Jenny September 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    *cracks up* If this were a reality show they’d have to call a halt to it because of pedophilia. Don’t you think? :p

    • 14 Care September 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      oh yea that. Well, I suppose. But it IS crazy what they get away with on TV these days. Even in commercials. Besides, I wasn’t totally convinced (cough,cough) that… … OK, I give up. nevermind.

  7. 15 oh September 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Hmmm….certainly sounds like a change of pace. And wow, I could use that, ‘specially since i been reading mysteries (why? they’re quick) and I haven’t been writing. What’s up with that? dunno. So, this book sounds like just the ticket!

  8. 16 Lisa September 10, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Wild, weird, strange and compelling definitely! I couldn’t put this one down either; just had to see if Rosa would ever figure out how badly out of touch with reality she was. Sadly…

  9. 17 Bookfool, aka Nancy September 13, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Just reviewed Tartar – sort of (in one of my weekly updates). Thanks, again!!! :)

  10. 18 Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books September 17, 2011 at 10:47 am

    You’re rocking the Europa Editions challenge!

  1. 1 Beet Pie « Care's Online Book Club Trackback on November 26, 2011 at 10:51 am

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