Hello, I'm Anna

I am a Moscow-based food writer & educator, exploring social history and culture through food.

A historian & language teacher by education, I began hosting cooking, culture & language classes back in 2012.

​These led me to write The Soviet Diet Cookbook, based on the ubiquitous Book of Tasty and Healthy Food, and peppered with my grandmother’s stories. I'm currently writing another one covering my family history throughout the 20th century, across 5 generations.

You can catch my series in Russian Life magazine, as well as my on- and offline educational cooking classes.


Read or Listen About Me


The Moscow Times
July 25, 2020

By the Book: 'The Soviet Diet Cookbook'


Atlas Obscura
July 20, 2020

Eat Like You’re in the USSR With ‘The Soviet Diet Cookbook’


Russian Life
July 03, 2020

The Soviet Diet Cook Book

Cooking from the iconic Soviet cookbookBy Jonathan Green on Blueprint
00:00 / 01:04
Home Cooking Across the Globe Marcus Smith
00:00 / 51:16
soviet-food Marcus Smith
00:00 / 20:16

ABC Radio National

BYU Radio

Eat This Podcast

The Soviet Diet


I cooked my way through the iconic Soviet Book of Tasty and Healthy Food, and wrote down my grandmother's stories about each dish.

Propaganda versus real life, delicious and terrible recipes, and a real insight into Russian & Soviet life.


"Missing so much my grandmother and her stories, and cooking, this book reminded me about warmth of my childhood and the spirit of Siberia, in some recipes I recognized that deep soul part I need so much today!"


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Educational Cooking Classes

Food gives insights into everyday life, culture and history. It connects us, not just with each other, but also with our past.


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email: kharzeeva@gmail.com

phone: +7 926 148 90 42

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