Let's Eat at Home

Let’s Eat at Home! (Едим дома!) is a Russian culinary TV show. Led by Yulia Vysotskaya (Юлия Высоцкая), it is “a culinary documentary show from the life of a young woman”: Vysotskaya finds herself in various situations in which food is required (e.g. her child invites a bunch of guests over; a friend stops by unexpectedly) and must quickly whip something up. The show’s motto is “minimal effort—maximum results.”

The show has been airing since 2003, with a thirty-minute episode every Sunday morning. Episodes and clips can be found online on the show’s website and Vysotskaya’s YouTube channel. The show features quick and easy dishes.

Yulia Vysotskaya, the show’s host, got her start as a stage and film actress—so, she’s not exactly like Martha Stewart. Born in Novocherkassk, in southwest Russia, Vysotskaya grew up in Azerbaijan and then trained as an actress at schools in Belarus and the UK. She worked at a major theater in Belarus for a decade before moving on to a theater in Moscow, Mossovet (Моссовет), in 2004; she also starred in several films at the same time. She still often acts in theater and films.

According to her official biography on her show’s website, Vysotskaya “adores” cooking—she prefers Italian—and hosting guests. She’s published many books of her recipes and appeared on and hosted a few other shows—she appears as a culinary expert on Пекельна кухня, the Ukrainian version of Hell’s Kitchen, and in 2016 began hosting a second show, Vysotskaya Life (Высоцкая Life).

Vysotskaya is the majority owner of her production company, also named Let’s Eat at Home. In addition to the show, the company includes two restaurants: Yulia’s Kitchen (Юлина кухня) and Food Embassy (the name is in English). Somewhat strangely, in 2015 the company received almost 1 billion rubles from the Russian government in support of their restaurant and TV projects.


Host: Yulia Vysotskaya (Юлия Высоцкая)
Production company: Studio “Let’s Eat at Home” (Студия «Едим дома»)
TV channel: NTV (НТВ)


The show’s official website, and its website on NTV.


A 2013 episode, “Maslenitsa Week” (“Масленичная неделя”; Maslenitsa is a Russian holiday right before Lent):

Julie is currently studying Russian as a Second Language in Irkutsk (and before that, Bishkek) with SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship program, with the goal of someday having some sort of Russia/Eurasia-related career. She recently got her master’s degree from the University of Glasgow and the University of Tartu, where she studied women’s dissent in Soviet Russia. She also has a bachelor’s degree in literature from Yale. Some of her favorite Russian authors are Sorokin, Shishkin, Il’f and Petrov, and Akhmatova. In her spare time Julie cautiously practices martial arts, reads feminist websites, and taste-tests instant coffee for her blog.