Kira Petrovskaya. Russian Cookbook. Easy-to-follow instructions, adapted for modern American cooking, for over 200 mouth-watering traditional Russian dishes, including borscht, potato kotleti, pirozhki and pirogi, blini, Paskha recipes and much more. Also includes fascinating facts about the origins of Russian foods and helpful hints on buying and preparing foods. Kira (aka Kyra) Petrovskaya was born in 1918. She was an actress and a sniper during World War II and a survivor of the Siege of Leningrad. This edition by Dover Books is an unabridged republication of Secrets of Russian Cooking, published by Prentice-Hall in 1961. 212 pages, index.