In Russian cuisine, there are basically two types of dishes: those you immediately recognise, and others that keep you guessing right up to the first bite. Most fall into the first category: Shashlik, when you get down to it, is meat on a stick. Pelmeny is as Russian as a food can get, but is instantly familiar to anyone who has ever had wontons or ravioli.
They're out there right now. Slinking through the forests, knife in hand, they overturn stones, look under stumps and into boles. Their prey is sometimes deadly, yet they have studied it and know its ways. They are the mushroom hunters, and every autumn they come out in droves.