Culinary Diplomacy

By Darra Goldstein During her 34 years at Williams, Darra Goldstein taught classes on Russian language, literature, art and culture, and she introduced food studies into the curriculum. When she was approached last year to write what would be her sixth cookbook—and her second on Russian cuisine—her first reaction was that she had already covered

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The Lesson of a Broken Egg

Illustration from a Russian book of folk tales showing a large, speckled hen in the center and above a seated old man on the left and a seated old woman on the right. In the middle is an egg that's broken.

In her exploration of Russian culture, Darra Goldstein amassed a collection of books that paint a vivid picture of life in Soviet Russia. On the occasion of her retirement as the Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian, she is donating more than 100 volumes to the Chapin Library. Her collection includes Russkie

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