Anya von Bremzen was born in the Soviet Russia on 1963 and has lived for a big part of her life in the States. She told us her life-story remembering foods that marked her different personal season and diverse historic epochs. From the black bread and the canned peaches of her childhood that were symbols of communitarian poverty and food industrialization in the country of Stalin, to the abundance of American supermarkets in the Seventies, when the American food tasted of nitrite. And the experience in the haute cusine with the Catalan chef Ferran Adrià, father of the deconstructivist cooking. These food stories were probably the reason of her success as food editor and writer. She won three James Beard Award, famous awards dedicated to food professionals. Some of her most famous books are: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, The New Spanish TableThe Greatest Dishes: Around the World in 80 Recipes and Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook (coauthored by John Welchman).

Interview by: Elisabetta Moro
Video by: Valeria Bava and Rossella Galletti. Editing by: Valeria Bava
Subtitles by: Francesca Magnani and Rossella Galletti
Document by: Rossella Galletti
MedEatResarch, Center of Social Research on the Mediterranean Diet head by Marino Niola and Elisabetta Moro
Realized: 30-5-2017
Anya Von Bremzen

Anya Von Bremzen

Year: 1963
City: Mosca
Profession: Food editor
Language: English

Video table of contents

00:00 The shared kitchen in Soviet Russia
01:50 The black bread
03:10 Soviet cusine
04:10 The importance of drinking together
04:50 The arrival in the States
05:30 The disappointing American abundance
06:30 Discovering Western ethnic food
07:20 Ferran Adrià and Massimo Bottura
10:25 Food in the heart
14:00 Feeling food in the past and now
17:10 Mediterranean Diet

Geographic information

Country: IT
Region: Campania
City: Napoli
Altitude: 17m. s.l.m.