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Art restorer Vyacheslav ?Slava? Grankovskiy (center) enjoys supper with his family in their house, near on Lake Ladoga, in Shlisselburg, near St. Petersburg, Russia. (From the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) The caloric value of his day's worth of food in the month of October was 3900 kcals. He is 53; 6a feet two inches and 184 pounds. The son of a Soviet-era collective farm leader, he was raised near the Black Sea and originally worked as an artist and engineer. Over the years, he's learned a few dozen crafts, which eventually enabled him to restore a vast number of objects, build his own house, and be his own boss. His travel adventures have included crossing the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan, where he spent time with a blind hermit and dined with a Mongol woman who hunted bears and treated him to groundhog soup. His favorite drink: Cognac. Does he ever drink soda? ?No, I use cola in restoration to remove rust, not to drink,? he says.

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Art restorer  Vyacheslav ?Slava? Grankovskiy (center)  enjoys supper with his family in their house, near on Lake Ladoga, in Shlisselburg, near St. Petersburg, Russia. (From the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.)  The caloric value of his day's worth of food in the month of October was 3900 kcals. He is 53; 6a feet two inches and 184 pounds. The son of a Soviet-era collective farm leader, he was raised near the Black Sea and originally worked as an artist and engineer. Over the years, he's learned a few dozen crafts, which eventually enabled him to restore a vast number of objects, build his own house, and be his own boss. His travel adventures have included crossing the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan, where he spent time with a blind hermit and dined with a Mongol woman who hunted bears and treated him to groundhog soup. His favorite drink: Cognac. Does he ever drink soda? ?No, I use cola in restoration to remove rust, not to drink,? he says.