I’ve never been to Russia. In fact, the closest I’ve got is watching a Jason Bourne movie.
I know what Russia looks like. Or at least in two-dimensional form. All I need to do is switch on my computer and images of this vast country will fill my screen.
What I want to know, though, is what does Russia smell like? When you walk past a café what scents do you pick up? And, the biggest question for me, what does it taste like?
That’s why I adore an author who includes food in her novels. It allows you to research the recipe and have a go at making the dish. It lets you get, through taste and smell, that little bit closer to the characters.
So. What does Darya Ivanova’s Russia, from Julie Mayhew’s novel, Mother Tongue, taste like?
I think it might taste of honey and spices…