Darra Goldstein, the American professor of Russian who is an author of popular cookbooks, came to the Arkhangelsk Region to study Pomor cuisine, the cooking of Northern Russian. The fi rst stop on her trip
around the Russian North were the Solovetsky Islands, where she was treated to herring, salted herring,
halibut, cod, salad from kelp with carrots and marmalade on agar-agar, and wicker nuts with blueberries and cottage cheese cakes. Darra herself admits that she adores cloudberries, and her favourite dish is salmon pie. Her impressions and materials collected from the trip will form the basis of her new book.