Immigrant stories are fascinating, especially when they are inspired and illustrated by the kitchen and the table. They touch on familiar feelings–the sense of disconnection, feelings of being different, striving for reconciliation. In Savage Feast, Boris Fishman, hits those tropes but makes them unique to his Russian-Jewish family, their brusque interactions, deep love, and savory cabbage. And yes, it includes recipes.
This review appeared in CHoWline, the monthly publication of the Culinary Historians of Washington, DC.