Rosa Achmetowna is goodness personified. Her culinary achievements are famous; she is a paragon of dignity, sophistication, and kindness, a resourceful lover, and a perfect neighbor. Needless to say, the farther her loved ones stray from her benevolent presence the worse off they will be.

That, at least, is Rosa’s version of how things stand. In truth, her watchwords—”I just want what’s best for everyone”—are a battle cry at the sound of which her hapless victims had best flee. And fleeing Rosa’s pernicious influence is just what her daughter, Sulfia, and her granddaughter, Aminat, have in mind. But Rosa has an arsenal of tricks designed to make sure that will never happen.

Here is the story of three very different women—the irrepressible Tartar matriarch Rosa, the pale and passive Sulfia, and the ethereal prodigy Aminat—whose destinies are tangled up in a family dynamic that is at turns hilarious and tragic. Set behind the Iron Curtain and in a reunified Germany, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine is an edgy, rollicking saga spanning three decades in the lives of three unforgettable heroines from one of Europe’s most talented and popular authors.


“I just finished Hottest Dishes this weekend and I loved, loved, loved it. What an incredible book, and I am just so taken by what a fantastic writer Bronsky is. I was heartbroken when the book was over. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a dislikable/unreliable narrator so much since I read MONEY by Martin Amis. It will be a true pleasure to sell this book to everyone who walks through the door.” -Stephanie Anderson, WORD Brooklyn

“I’ve been reading (and LOVING) Hottest Dishes and can’t wait to be handselling it.” -Jennifer Tyler, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

“Alina Bronsky is now on my shortlist of authors-I’ll-read-anything by… The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine is going on the shelf by my office so I can recommend it to everyone who walks by…” -Laura Kuechenmesiter, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM

“I just finished The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, and it is TERRIFIC!  I resented having to put it down.  I’ll increase my order on that since it’ll be a staff pick.” -Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC