A tasty bite of Russian literature

On May 25, an exceptional book-and-food festival “Food for Thought” is held in Moscow. Take a bite of some favorite dishes of famous writers, from Gogol to Emily Dickinson

For many Russian writers, food has been a recurring theme in their works. From Gogol’s “Dead Souls” to Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”, description of traditional dishes and dinner parties inevitably attracted reader’s attention… and taste. The festival, which takes place on Sunday, May 25th in Tsaritsyno park in Moscow, gives you a unique chance to savor specialties straight from your favorite books.

Organized jointly by the State Literature Museum and Tsaritsyno Museum Resort, “Food for Thought” is a festival that brings together Moscow publishing houses, cafes and restaurants.

There will be book presentations, lectures and culinary workshops from the best chefs, writers and publishers. And the high spot is surely the favorite dishes of the Russian writers! Veal cutlets after recipes by Ivan Krylov, the famous fable writer. Favorite dish of the monstrous Sobakevich, a character from Gogol’s “Dead Souls”. Sofia Tolstoy’s exclusive salad dressings. Emily Dickinson’s desserts. And, as it’s a family feast, the children’s cuisine is not forgotten – they would learn to make toy windmills and get to try out Mary Poppins’ sandwiches.

Above all that, the festival features lectures on the history of cuisine, presented by literary critics and historians of literature. Taking place in the picturesque Tsaritsyno resort, it would be the gastronome attraction of the weekend!

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