Siberian Sampler: Background information when reading Travels in Siberia

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Travels in Siberia

by Ian Frazier

Travels in Siberia
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    Oct 2010, 544 pages
    Sep 2011, 560 pages

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Siberian Sampler

Ian Frazier encounters a diverse range of Siberian foodstuffs on his journey, from the salmon he helps to catch in the Bering Sea off Chukotka, to the linty sausage he pulls out of his luggage time after time on a long train trip.  Here is a sampling of morsels from the culinary landscapes Frazier explores.

Ukha – A brief hop from Alaska, Frazier enjoys his first taste of wild-caught salmon on the other side of the Bering Strait.  When the fish start running, there are salmon steaks and a basic fish and potato soup called ukhaUkha is made all over Siberia with whatever local fish is at hand.  Russian soups are legendary; borshch is the more familiar combination of beets and cabbage (often flavored with dill) and should not be confused with shchi, which omits the beets and lays on the cabbage (or even sauerkraut).  Both borshch and shchi often contain meat, and seem incomplete without a generous dollop of sour cream on top.

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