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Russian Food is a part of Russian Culture


Russian Food: Can food be considered a part and parcel of a country's culture? Yes, because you are what you eat. This is particularly true of the Russians, where food is more of a status symbol. In the days of yore, the bourgeois feasted on the finest wine, cheese and fruits imported from Europe, while the peasants had to satisfy themselves with the one pot supper (a soup made from vegetables, water, an occasional fish or meat) that was served with bread.

As earlier mentioned, food for the ruling class was influenced by neighboring countries like Prussia, Austria and France. They added a certain refinement to the rustic food that dominated Russian Food habits. The Russian revolution was marked by the rationing of food. Although there wasn't an obvious divide in the food for the rich and the poor, years of abstinence had hardened the Russian's mind who continued with his peasant food; albeit with minor changes. Today, after the fall of Communism, Russians have opened up to global cuisine with major food chains making their mark among the locals.

But, if people have accepted KFC and Pizza Hut, they haven't forgotten their Kvaas, borscht and blini! Borscht may be a foreign import, but it's undoubtedly the most commonly served food in the country. Russians are also known for their caviar. But because of the price, its reserved for special occasions.

The world may have been reluctant to open up to Russian Food, but today there are restaurants all over the world that serve the best shashlyks and okroshka!