Friday, 24 August 2012

Friday; Not by bread alone;

©Photo/Text Ts

I harvested the first Roma tomatoes. I roasted them with Olive oil and lots of Thyme in the oven at 180 C until they were soft and juicy. Mixed them with  the spaghetti and Basil leaves and dinner was ready in no time; it was can ask ML who came by at lunch time and ate the leftovers. No Parmesan cheese was needed it would have interfered with the fine taste of the roasted tomatoes

"Not by Bread alone" written by  Vladimir Dimitrievich;  (the meaning, individual man can not just live on bread, he needs more in his life then food) 

I read this book in the early sixties.

Vladimir Dimitrievich; July 29, 1918 - July 23, 1998) was a Ukrainian-born Russian writer who gained fame for his 1956 novel, Not by Bread Alone, published at the time of the Khrushchev Thaw.
Dudintsev, the son of a member of the gentry, attended law school in Moscow and fought during the second world war. After the war, he became a reporter and writer.
Inspired by Soviet apparatchiks refusing to credit a report of a deposit of nickel because Soviet dogma said it was impossible, Dudintsev wrote Not by Bread Alone, the tale of an engineer who is frustrated by bureaucrats when he attempts to bring forth his invention. The novel sparked wild enthusiasm among the Soviet population. Official reaction soon turned against the book, and Dudintsev suffered years of poverty, and was only able to publish occasional works. As the USSR tottered, in 1987, Dudintsev published a novel, The White Robes, for which he was awarded a State Prize the following year. He died in 1998.

More about this  Author  here

 Vladimir Dimitrievich  
Born 29/07/1918

Died 23/07 1998 


  1. It's always nice to check on what you are cooking hehe... Remember that orange almond cake recipe you shared with me? Baked once. Though it was a bit too moist, my friends still love it :-D I made it into cup cakes and just half the ingredients. Will definitely bake the cake another time. Cheers, Stephanie

  2. Stephanie, thank you; good of you to come and look into my cook pots. I make this orange almond cake, it is really more like a torte, always in winter when we have our own navel oranges. it is always a hit, especially with a thin choc. ganache. Cooking is fun for us who like it. Yes, try out different ways; I like that. Best wishes T.