Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


How to Make Allen Ginsberg’s Borscht

Talk about a beat soup

Print Email

Need a new recipe to mix things up this summer? Look no further than Allen Ginsberg’s recipe drawer. The poet’s summer borscht recipe is pretty solid (though personally I’m partial to this borscht salad), and thanks to the Internet, now you can make it yourself:


Dozen beets cleaned & chopped to bite size salad-size Strips
Stems & leaves also chopped like salad lettuce
All boiled together lightly salted to make a bright red soup,
with beets now soft – boil an hour or more
Add Sugar & Lemon Juice to make the red liquid
sweet & sour like Lemonade

Chill 4 gallon(s) of beet liquid –

Serve with (1) Sour Cream on table
(2) Boiled small or halved potato
on the side
(i.e. so hot potatoes don’t heat the
cold soup prematurely)
(3) Spring salad on table to put into
cold red liquid
1) Onions – sliced (spring onions)
2) Tomatoes – sliced bite-sized
3) Lettuce – ditto
4) Cucumbers – ditto
5) a few radishes

Here’s Ginsberg’s actual hand-written copy of the recipe (h/t Open Culture):

Related: The Candy Store Poet [Tablet Magazine]
Dear America
Not Your Bubbe’s Recipe: Borscht Salad [Jewcy]
Previous: “Howl” and the Obscenity Trial
Happy Birthday, Mr. Ginsberg

Print Email
ray_gibbs says:

thanks sharing . fan Ginsberg’s poetry

    Banjo12 says:

    Wasn’t Ginsberg a founder of the pedophile North American Man Boy Love Association NAMBLA? Or was that another Alan Ginsberg?

brynababy says:

That was my mother’s recipe and I have been making it for 60 years. It is the best!


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

How to Make Allen Ginsberg’s Borscht

Talk about a beat soup

More on Tablet:

11 Non-Jewish Celebrities—and 2 Jewish Ones—Show Off Their Hebrew Tattoos

By Marjorie Ingall — You don’t have to be Jewish to sport Hebrew ink. But some of these stars should have thought twice before going under the needle.