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July 07, 2017


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Debra Eliotseats

I am slogging through the book now. I think once I get passed her retelling of family events, I will enjoy it more. Love this dish. I definitely haven't got to it yet.

Deb in Hawaii

I am just getting started on the book this week but looking forward to it. This salad looks delicious. I like the changes you made with reducing the mayo and adding in the greens.

Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week too. ;-)

Simona Carini

Thank you, Debra. The story about mayonnaise jars is so funny that I had to make something with that condiment. Indeed the book becomes more focused on her personal experiences as it moves forward.

Simona Carini

It's always a pleasure to participate in Souper Sundays, Deb. I hope you'll enjoy the book :)


I spent some time in Russia in the early to mid 1990s. I remember well their obsession with mayonnaise...

Simona Carini

Wow, what an experience, Frank, to be there at a time of big political changes. The book gives an interesting perspective of events that I saw from the outside.

Evelyne CulturEatz

Loved the book and just posted my contribution. Not what I expected at all but I enjoyed learning so much about Soviet history. And this is a great recipe, yes totally fun part where she talks about the beloved mayonnaise jar. But homemade is way better :-)

Simona Carini

Thank you Evelyne. I am glad you enjoyed reading the book. I agree that the title did not prepare the reader for its rich historical and social stories. I'll remember the part about the mayonnaise jar for a long time :)


Thanks for your contribution Simona, looks like you stretched everyone's reading zone. I want to try this salad, and am looking forward to getting her book, Please to the Table as well.

Wendy Klik

Thanks so much for hosting this month Simona. There was so much great food inspiration in this memoir and I couldn't have been more pleased with the recipe I chose. I think her cookbook would be amazing.

Simona Carini

You are welcome, Claudia. I love the cookbook: it has great recipes, but also information on the culture of the various Soviet republics.

Simona Carini

You are welcome, Wendy. I was moved by the story you shared. Her Soviet cookbook is great.

cathy branciaroli

Thanks for hosting Simona -- Plus we are in the heart of mushroom country here in nearby southeast PA so I will have to try

Simona Carini

Please, do, Cathy. It's a lovely salad.

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