In 1874, Stepan Andreevich Bers published The Cookbook and gave it as a gift to his sister, countess Sophia Andreevna Tolstaya, the wife of the great Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy. The book contained a collection of Tolstoy family recipes, the dishes they served to their family and friends, those fortunate souls who belonged to the aristocratic ruling class of late czarist Russia. Almost 150 years later, this cookbook has been translated and republished by Sergei Beltyukov.
Available in an inexpensive Kindle format ($3.99), Leo Tolstoy’s family recipe book features dozens of recipes, everything from Tartar Sauce and Spiced Mushrooms (what’s a Russian kitchen without mushrooms?), to Stuffed Dumplings and Green Beans à la Maître d’Hôtel, to Coffee Cake and Viennese Pie. The text comes with a translation, too, of Russian weights and measures used during the period. One recipe Mr. Beltyukov provided to us (which I didn’t see in the book) is for the Tolstoy’s good ole Mac ‘N’ Cheese dish. It goes something like this:
Bring water to a boil, add salt, then add macaroni and leave boiling on light fire until half tender; drain water through a colander, add butter and start putting macaroni back into the pot in layers – layer of macaroni, some grated Parmesan and some vegetable sauce, macaroni again and so on until you run out of macaroni. Put the pot on the edge of the stove, cover with a lid and let it rest in light fire until the macaroni are soft and tender. Shake the pot occasionally to prevent them from burning.
We’ll leave you with bon appétit! — an expression almost certainly heard in the homes of those French-speaking Russian aristocrats.
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What is vegetable sauce, I wonder?
I wonder if “vegetable sauce” should be “béchamel sauce.”
that’s my question.
It looks like the book has a recipe for a mixed vegetable sauce. There is also one for bechamel sauce, but it is nothing like Mario Batali’s.
Since they use Parmesan, I would guess a tomato base sauce.
this is the right vegetable sauce http://www.food.com/recipe/macaroni-and-cheese-leo-tolstoys-family-style-520752
Now this old retired lady has something to do tomorrow. Try an old recipe.
That’s a pasta dish ,Not My Mac and Cheese.My Mac and Cheese is made with ricotta , Provolone Cheddar,& Munster ,Egg, Breadcrumbs,Spices ,Butter, Milk, and Let me tell you this was my Nana’s recipe and it’s fattening and out of this world. it’s better than her Luchen Chougle it’s a Yiddish dish that I spelled wrong it’s made with egg noodles rasins butter ricotta cheese cinnamon and delicious but The Mac and Cheese and her Beef Stew was the 🌟🎇🎉✡🔯😀👵👌💖🍴
I would of thought a recipe written by a Tolstoy is would be 800 pages long and you’d be depressed by the time you finished eating.
This book is just an amazing. And have a lot of delicious recipes. Love these recipes. i will definitely try it.