Art restorer Vyacheslav ?Slava? Grankovskiy in his studio workshop behind his home in Shlisselburg, near St. Petersburg, Russia, with his typical day's worth of food. (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 years of age; 6 feet, 2 inches tall; 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. MODEL RELEASED.
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