This is a pre-order of a book that will be available on May 24.
We're delighted that Darra Goldstein will be coming in to sign pre-ordered books. That may delay shipping by a few days.
Here is what the publisher is telling us about the book:
The author of bestselling cookbook Beyond the North Wind Darra Goldstein presents this rich history of Russian food. Both a respected cookbook writer and a professor of Russian at Williams College, she is uniquely qualified to write this cultural and gastronomical history of agriculture, politics and territorial expansion of Russia over the centuries and how they lead to one of the most diverse and rich cuisines in the world.
"The Kingdom of Rye is a fascinating read filled with culinary history from someone who has spent a lifetime immersed in Russian culture. I emerged from the book not only understanding the history of Russian tsars and serfs but also could almost taste Darra Goldstein's descriptions of such staples as kvass, kasha, and caviar. Bravo!" -- Joan Nathan, author of King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from around the World
"Darra Goldstein's glimpse into the world of Russian cuisine is colorful, fascinating, and eye opening. The Kingdom of Rye gives humanity and dimension to a culture that, all too often, is portrayed exclusively through the lens of politics. This book is a must-read for anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of Russia." -- Molly Yeh, Food Network host and author of Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from an Unlikely Life on a Farm.
Hardcover. 17 illustrations.