'Eastern European' on Serious Eats

Polish Summer Soba Salad From 'Salad Samurai'

Buckwheat is the pseudo-grain (actually a seed) most associated with Eastern European cooking, often found as kasha or in blinis. It's also the flour used in Japanese soba noodles. So why, WHY, is this killer salad from Terry Hope Romero's new vegan cookbook, Salad Samurai, the first place I've seen soba noodles married with Eastern European flavors? And why didn't I think of doing that myself?? More

Plov (Uzbek Rice Pilaf)

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] There are as many recipes for plov, the Uzbek version of rice pilaf, as there are cooks who make it. Choices of meats, vegetables, and spices are up for debate, but all plovs start with more liquid... More

Borsch, All Spiced Up

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] As far as I'm concerned, borsch (there's no t in the Cryllic) is about two things: playing off all the wonderful flavors of beets and an excuse to consume unforgivable amounts of sour cream. I love the... More

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