Originally Posted by CharlieD
That is why I used the quotation marks. To underscore that I was using your expression. Nobody heard of string shoe or any other types of fancy potatoes accept plain boiled, or plain fried, or mashed potato. Nothing.
You should read the book, Joyce Toomre, ed.
, Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' A Gift to Young Housewives
, and particularly the approx. 100 page introduction where the translator discusses that the book refers to the food eaten mostly by the aristocrat class. The poor people, particularly during bad times, were lucky if they had any food at all let alone Beef Stroganoff served over crisp potato straws.
You must be a pretty old fellow to know what Russia was like in 1912. But really, you should get this book from your public library and read a few parts of it. It is not a cookbook!
It is more about history of a cuisine than anything else, and in fact most of the recipes are not really presented in usable form, particularly since they did not use measurements like we use in modern times, and even many of the ingredients were different in the 19th century (when the book first came out).