KACHKA’S DEBUT COOKBOOK TO BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 14th
The restaurant will celebrate with two special dinners on the 14th, followed by a national book tour event series featuring chef and author Bonnie Morales
PORTLAND, OR (October 26 , 2017) – The highly anticipated Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking by Bonnie Frumkin Morales and Deena Prichep (Flatiron Books, $40) will be on sale nationwide beginning on November 14th. Signed copies of the book will be available at Kachka in Portland beginning on November 13th. The first cookbook of Russian recipes to be published in the U.S. in close to 30 years, this 400-page volume serves up comforting traditional family recipes, as well as many dishes for which the restaurant has already gained wide acclaim. Most of these recipes, including a full chapter on dumplings and one on spirit infusions, have never before been published.
From the Frumkin family’s journey from Belarus to America during the Soviet era, to the varied political, cultural, and geographic forces at play across the Russian table, the cookbook’s stories and sidebars reveal a deeper meaning behind each bite. Kachka’s recipes and narratives show how Russia’s storied tradition of smoked fish, cultured dairy, and a shot of vodka can be celebratory, elegant, and as easy as meat and potatoes. The food is rooted in the past yet not at all afraid to be playful and modern – the dishes are as stunning on the plate as they are delicious.
To celebrate the book launch in Portland, Kachka will host two seatings of an intimate family-style dinner in Kachka’s private dining room on November 14th:
The evening will be personally hosted by Bonnie and Israel Morales, and Bonnie’s father Seymour Frumkin. They’ll talk about the dishes, and tell stories throughout the night.
Two seatings on November 14th, at 5:30 and 8:30pm
The traditional menu will be family style and all-inclusive, in the style that Bonnie’s family would serve for a dinner party at home
$100 per person, including dinner, five vodka infusion pairings, a signed copy of Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking, and gratuity
Space is limited, and reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Kachka Cookbook Tour Schedule:
New Orleans, LA
Kachka Pop Up Dinner with Bill of Fare
Kachka Launch Dinners at Kachka
Miami Book Fair
Pop Up Dinner at The London Plane
New York, NY
Bon Appétit Presents: Dinner with Friends Series at Reynard
New York, NY
Kachka Pop Up at Mission Chinese
Land & Sea Dept Presents Kachka
Bookends & Beginnings
San Francisco, CA
Collaboration Dinner at Duna
1/7 & 1/8
Reading at Powell’s City of Books
More to be announced!
Early Praise for Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking:
“With Kachka, Bonnie Morales has done something amazing: thoroughly update and modernize Russian cuisine while steadfastly holding to its traditions and spirit. Thank you comrade!”—Alton Brown
“This fantastic cookbook from the chef at Kachka in Portland, Ore., is by turns funny, moving, informative, and appetite-whetting. Frumkin Morales is descended from a family of Soviet Jewish émigrés, and she exhibits the kind of humor and pathos that must have sustained them during difficult times as she tells sidesplitting family stories, including the time her father discovered a bowl of sauerkraut in a phone booth.” — Publisher’s Weekly starred review
“The last time I was in Portland I ate at Kachka twice in 24 hours. It’s everything you want from a dining experience: a table covered end to end with cocktails, caviar, pickles, piroshki, and dumplings. It’s so immediately and obviously wonderful that you want every night to unfold the same way. With this book, it feels possible.”―Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food
“‘Where should we eat in Portland?’ my visiting friends often ask; ‘Kachka!’ I invariably answer. Bonnie and Israel have created an amazing restaurant where zakuski fills the table, Soviet pop music fills the air and horseradish vodka washes it all down. This book captures the vibrancy and history of the food, the excitement of the restaurant and the generosity of the culture. Essential!” ―Andy Ricker
About Chef and Author Bonnie Frumkin Morales
As the first-generation American daughter of Belarusian immigrants, chef Bonnie Frumkin Morales has a unique view on the culture and food of the former Soviet Union. Bonnie honed her skills in several of New York’s and Chicago’s Michelin starred restaurants. Bonnie and her husband Israel opened Kachka to much critical acclaim in 2014, receiving accolades from Bon Appétit, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, GQ, Elle, Zagat’s, and Food & Wine.