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Cooking with FOIA: Stovetop Soviet Army borscht

Cooking with FOIA: Stovetop Soviet Army borscht

After discovering the Soviet Army’s 1948 borscht recipe in the Central Intelligence Agency archives last month, we challenged our readers to try and make the sour soup themselves. While David and Shannon Perry made a slightly scaled-back version in an outdoor firepit, food historian - and professional fermenter - Julia Skinner adapted the recipe for home kitchens.

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UPDATED: Cooking with FOIA: The Soviet Army's 1948 borscht recipe

UPDATED: Cooking with FOIA: The Soviet Army’s 1948 borscht recipe

A document recently uncovered in the Central Intelligence Agency declassified archives reveals that for over 50 years the CIA kept a translated copy of the Soviet Army’s 1948 “Manual for the cook instructor of the ground troops in peacetime” a closely-guarded secret. That’s how you know that borscht recipe is solid.

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