(15 customer reviews)

More Than Borsch: Cookbook & Cultural Compendium



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Our cookbook is finally here! Written by mother-daughter team Ellen and Yana, More Than Borsch is a cookbook (and more!) which explores the true nature of Russian and Ukrainian culture through classic recipes, culinary history, foodie literature and enlightening tidbits, satiating both the stomach and the brain.

• Over 100 classic recipes for soups, salads, entrees, desserts, and drinks
• Food-centric Slavic poetry and literature, from beloved folk tales to contemporary authors
• A concise, approachable, yet thorough history of both the countries and the cuisine
• Plenty of rich, full-color reproductions of famous paintings, illustrators, and photos of monuments to food. There are even a couple of our own illustrations in there

Read more and see a sample on morethanborsch.com

~300 pages
Soft but thick, glossy, and durable cover

Additional information

Weight 38 oz
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 2 in

Book, Paper, print

15 reviews for More Than Borsch: Cookbook & Cultural Compendium

  1. Marina Mirch

    I just got this book and I’m so excited to try out some of these Eastern European recipes! Love the down-to-earth writing style, plus the bits of history, humor, and culture sprinkled throughout. This book is truly unique and makes for a wonderful gift for any foodie, culture enthusiast, or the unique person in your life.

  2. Margarita Mikhaylova

    I am Russian, and an extremely picky person. This cookbook is THE best English-language cookbook on modern Russian cooking. It eclipses all others you may know, with bright, enticing photographs, easy to follow instructions, and clear explanations for every single thing. The authors not only know and understand their history, but understand home cooking as well. Basically, think Julia Child, but for Russian cooking.

    The only reason I can’t give 5 stars is because their designer and publisher skimped a bit on final layout details, but that is nothing at all compared to the wonderful content. I will be buying this as gifts and recommending to all my friends!!! Well done!

  3. Yelena Mirchevskaya

    I love collecting cookbooks, not only for the recipes, but also for the interesting stories and bits of history they often come with. More Than Borsch really delivers in this department! As an immigrant from the former USSR, I’m very familiar with the foods of my childhood, but I was blown away by the history of the cuisine from both Russia and Ukraine and the specific bits of information on my beloved dishes. I appreciated the focus on Soviet foods, but there are also plenty of dishes that go further back than that. The writing style is light and witty in the historical and literature sections, and the recipes themselves are concise and easy to understand. Simply put, this book will make a great addition to any foodie’s collection, offers engaging content, and most importantly has mouth watering recipes that you can make today!


    Such a great book! Not onky really beautiful recipes, but notes on cultural/historical context, and some food literature. Highly recommend!

  5. Vita

    This book is wonderful! I am reading it after I read a couple of other Russian cookbooks. This one has so much more information. I like the short tour of Russian history. I love the reproductions of Russian art. I like the photos of quintessential food. And I really appreciate that, while Russian history and food history is treated respectfully, it is not romanticized — no gushing over aristocratic dishes and traditions while we all know that serfs and workers were barely getting by. A huge Bol’shoe spasibo to the authors for a real labor of love

  6. Yera Lee

    This book is so much more than just a cookbook! I love the history, imagery, as well as beautiful illustrations drawn by the authors. All of the recipes look so warm and comforting & easy to follow. I can’t wait to start cooking with it!

  7. Danielle Yadegar

    So happy to have received my copy of this book! While not of Russian or Ukrainian descent, I am a first-generation American and this book feels like a warm hug from one to another. Can’t wait to start cooking with it!

  8. Deanna Hushak

    Fantastic and unique cook book! The historical information along with beautiful color photos is fascinating. The recipes look incredibly mouth watering. Yum! The recipes are laid out nicely and the instructions look easy to follow. Packaged well for shipping.

  9. Pookh007

    This book is so unique and informative! Very interesting history part and stories. Going to try recipes.

  10. Danny Meyer

    Wow! This book is so beautiful. I didn’t grow up eating Russian food, but I’ve always wanted to learn. Thank you.

  11. Sean Flemming

    This seller went above and beyond to meet my needs. My mother is Russian and I bought her "More Than Borsch" for her upcoming birthday. The seller honored my request that she and her daughter/partner sign the cookbook and also write a quick note inside wishing my mother a happy birthday. She also included a Baba Yaga birthday card free of charge. This unexpected gift was greatly appreciated.

    The seller is a fact shipper and the quality of the book exceeded my expectations. She responded to my messages quickly and she provided all the information I needed to place my order with confidence.

  12. Lana Vasserman

    Incredible book! The recipes are just like my Russian mother’s recipes and make me feel right at home. I love the bits of history included in the book, too. Amazing quality! You can tell a lot of thought, love and heart were put into this book!

  13. Amanda S

    I cannot wait to try out these recipes!

  14. Sarah

    I bought this as a gift for my sister and she absolutely loves it! it has a variety of recipes as well as historical facts! highly recommended. ?

  15. Dasha Marie (verified owner)

    For those interested in the cuisine and history, I highly recommend this cookbook which is more than just a cookbook. It also has beautiful artwork and a history of Russia and the Ukraine, as well as other information such as the traditional holidays and excerpts from literature. I got a few extra copies of it which I gave as Christmas gifts. I have been telling others about it to spread the word.

    • Yana

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Dasha!

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