Рецензія О. Смаля в *Дзеркалі тижня*

Пока Светлана Пыркало мучилась на финишной прямой своего детища *Книга года Би-би-си 2007*, готовясь к определению и поздравлению лауреата, я с почти гастрономическим удовольствием читал ее собственную книгу *Кухня егоїста*. … В названии не скрывается какое-то эзоповское аллегорическое двойное дно: основа книги?_ еда, описанная с такой искренностью и уважением, что букву *Е* хочется писать только большой.

Читати далі



3 Responses to “Світлана Пиркало. *Кухня егоїста*, издательство *Факт*”

  1. Anton on May 5th, 2008 7:45 am

    I am not sure what I think of this book. Good things first: I enjoyed the irony with a healthy share of sarcasm in the commentaries to Ukrainian political, economic and social issues. I also enjoyed reading about some of the recipies in the book. However, what makes me uneasy is the fact that this book is supposed to be for Ukrainians, and most of us here survive on a bare 300-400 dollars per month. Most of us don’t care about fancy stuff, and are concerned mostly not with what we are going to eat but if we are going to eat at all. It may seem that the author is kind of making fun of the whole bunch of us and there is that ‘see, how well I am doing’ attitude. And it’s not a matter of the proverbial “zhaba”, I personally have quite enough to feed me and my family, but you know, try telling this to an old woman begging in the subway.

  2. Svitlana on May 5th, 2008 3:00 pm

    I hear you, and it’s true that life isn’t easy, only the median salary in Ukraine is about 240 bucks. Now, I think there’s plenty to read about the hard reality of life in Ukraine. My goal was to let people take their minds off it, not remind them about it. But it reminds me to post one of my latest columns in Glavred, which was exactly about an old woman begging.

  3. Anton on May 6th, 2008 5:16 am

    Yeah, I know. I know… I see what you mean, and I did like the book, you write very well, and I especially enjoyed the ribs recipy: having visited New Orleans not long ago, I am very much addicted to cajun cooking, although it is very different from what I am used to as an average Poltavite 🙂
    You definitely took my mind off of the hard reality, although it came back real soon with a visit to a supermarket right after I finished reading the other day.
    Nevermind what I say about the hard life though, I think that this book is definitely a work of art in its genre, and so congratulations on a job well done. I enjoyed reading it, I laughed more than once every chapter and overall it made me feel better.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.