The main expert of all this solid, filling, and otherwise proper but dull and bland style of cooking is Svetlana Viktorovna Koshkina of Belomorsk, and she is researching the subject in association with the Pomor Culture Center.
Belomorsk and Kem’ are among the most intense points on the Gulag map of Russia. During my last Kandalaksha to Moscow trip (end of August 2012) I was with a travel companion who refused to subject herself to the Belomorsk aura. Indeed, there are places better visited alone. Technically, and easy stopping point on any trip along the Moscow to Kola axis. I may do that in summer 2012. For now here are some resources in English that convey the spirit of the place:
Hotel Gandvick, Pervomayskaya 18, +7 814-37 22569
Hotel Belomorya, Voronina 8, +7 814 375-42-00
Turbaza (~camp) SLYuTiK, Lomonosova 21, 814-37)2-32-90