Any description of the Urals would begin with the word "between." The Ural Mountains lie between the East European and West Siberian plains, and along their watershed runs the border between Europe and Asia. The border is marked with a number of obelisks, each one indicating a passable route. The natural diversity of the Urals is absolutely exceptional, but this historic center of the Russian industry has a pronounced urban culture. This boundary condition left its impression on cuisine which at first glance may seem not much different from others. Today, however, Ural chefs and culinary aficionados are energetic in their search for a gastronomic identity just as they write the history of a new Ural cuisine.