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 thoughts on “The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

    1. Oh, a challenge, huh?! I can and will find a beet pie recipe and try it out. “NeverHeardOfSuchAThing”. — who says things like that?!

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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…

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