Katish: Our Russian Cook by Wanda Frolov

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  • ISBN 10 0375757619
  • ISBN 13 9780375757617
  • Published Aug 01 2001
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 152
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Random House USA Inc
  • Imprint Random House Inc

Publishers Text

Brought back into print after half a century, this memoir-with-recipes relates how an irrepressible Russian cook transformed an American household.


Katish, round as a plum and neat as a pin, arrived in Los Angeles as a Russian emigre in the 1920's. As Wanda Frolov remembers, her house was brought to life by this humble genius of the kitchen, whose English was unpredictable and whose love of company was unstoppable. Soon Katish was nourishing the bellies and the souls of a happy throng with her blini and pilaf, her shashlik and borscht. On the side, she brokered marriages, and started bank accounts for new emigres, presiding over all from her spotless pastry table.