The Bear and the Nightingale Review + Zharkoye (AKA Russian Beef Stew) Recipe!

So, full disclosure ya'll. I feel pretty #swag in the kitchen, I've worked really hard and honed my cooking skills over the last 14 or so years. It's been something I've been passionate about since early high-school and a hobby and skill I've been cultivating a long time. What I am #GARBAGE at is baking. I just do not have the patience for it. Cooking to me is easy peasy, you can eye-ball amounts, you can tailor it to your tastes, you can take the basics of a recipe and make it all your own.

That is however, definitely NOT the case with baking. The science that goes into baking, the finesse and preciseness of baking has just always been lost on me. Now, I'm not saying I can't bake anything because I can follow a recipe as well as the next person, however, I mentioned wanting to make Russian honey-cake and I failed miserably at this. It requires cooking 8 thin cakes and making frosting, layering everything, coating it - IDK ya'll but I ruined it.  So you're not getting a recipe for that because...well, I ruined it. What you are getting a recipe for is Zharkoye, a Russian beef stew! However, that's after our review for The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden!!

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