I loved this. It's a memoir by the woman who wrote Please to the Table about her family's history in the Soviet Union. It's a gentle introduction to Soviet history if you're pretty much clueless about it, although largely (but not entirely) from a negative perspective. It would be interesting to read a memoir by someone who has largely positive memories of the Soviet Union.
Food isn't a major part of the book although it's always there. There are a few recipes in the back.