Bonnie Morales, the chef and co-owner behind Portland’s iconic Russian restaurant, Kachka, has penned the 400-page cookbook, Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking. It comes out on Flatiron Books on November 14, 2017 and is now available for preorder on Amazon. Get a sneak peek with the spreads from the cookbook below, including the recipe for Kachka’s most famous dish, “Herring Under a Fur Coat.”
Morales teamed up with author Deena Prichep and photographer Leela Cyd to create the cookbook. Inside, she shares recipes both humble and “czar-worthy,” from Kachka’s infused vodkas and spreads of zakuski drinking snacks, to “showstoppers” like chicken Kiev and kasha-stuffed suckling pig. Some are almost “straight from my mother’s smudged and stained files,” Morales writes.
Along with the more than 100 recipes, Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking takes you inside Russian food culture with thoughtful introductions to Russia’s most beloved dining practices; for instance, the cookbook covers how to drink in true Russian style, shares the inside scoop on Russian tea culture, and demystifies the wide world of caviar.
“There hasn't been a Russian cookbook published by a major U.S. publisher in nearly 30 years,” Morales tells Eater. “The cuisine and culture are deeply underrepresented and misunderstood. I am excited to share with people what the food I grew up eating means to me and hope that it encourages more curiosity and interest in Russian cooking.”
Preview Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking with the spreads below. They include the introduction to the zakuski section, a few words of drinking wisdom, and recipes for Kachka’s beet gin cocktail and “Herring Under a Fur Coat”: