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Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, Belarus, and immigrated to the United States in 1988 at the age of nine. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The New Republic, The London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Travel & Leisure, and New York Magazine. His first novel, A Replacement Life, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (2014), winner of the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal; a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick; and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. His second novel, Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo, was also a New York Times Notable Book of theYear (2016), and received rave reviews. Boris teaches in Princeton University's Creative Writing Program, and lives in New York City.

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"A tightly written page-turner about the author's childhood in Minsk, his extended family and their odyssey from Belarus to New York (via Vienna and Rome in the 1980s) as well as his efforts to conquer his own demons. While reading it, I was frequently tempted to head to the kitchen and fry some onions, the step that starts many of the Eastern European recipes in his book." -- Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Front Burner"
"Terrifically nuanced and multidimensional...I've been reading every food memoir available, including those by Anthony Bourdain, Gabrielle Hamilton, Ruth Reichl, Michael Pollan, Samin Nosrat, Michael Twitty, and now Boris Fishman. His is the most focused and most multilayered of these wonderful books." -- Panthea Reid, Philadelphia Inquirer
"As Fishman suggests with this profusion of stories, all feasts are savage, in the sense that cuisine, like culture, is ultimately wild, feral, untamed." -- Paste
"Fishman's writing is brisk and vivid, and despite generations' worth of trauma the family suffered, from pervasive anti-Semitism to the brutalities of World War II, his memoir is often funny... This book departs from other memoirs: Most chapters end with detailed recipes, adding a lovely, homey dimension." -- BookPage
"This beautifully written memoir is a wonderful story about family, love, and connecting with your roots." -- Library Journal
"This rich, memorable exploration of immigrant identity, culture clash and Soviet cuisine will linger long after the book has been closed or the last of the dishes within have been served." -- Shelf Talker
"If you aren't hungry when you start reading this book, you will be by the time you've finished." -- Bookish

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