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"A valued standard on Polish traditions and cuisine for thousands of readers in the United States and abroad." -- Washington Post

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Art of Polish Cooking

Polish culinary traditions are as old as Polish culture, which has a written history dating back to the tenth century. This definitive Polish cookbook perpetuates the traditions, with more than five hundred authentic recipes that reflect the customs and culture of the ancient Eastern European country.
Fragrant with dill, caraway, and green parsley; enhanced by onions; and richened by sour cream, Polish cuisine is marked by hearty and full-bodied flavors. This authoritative cookbook presents all of these tastes in a remarkable variety of dishes in all categories. The hors d'oeuvres include traditional bigos, cabbage rolls, and pierogies stuffed with savory meats, sauerkraut, or mushrooms. The soups are thick and sustaining, from Giblets Barley Soup to the classic staple of barshch, or delicate and refreshing, such as blueberry, strawberry, and spiced soups. Main dishes include Chicken with Paprika and Sour Cream, Veal Fricassee with Dill Sauce, and Pork Ribs with Onions. The variety of vegetable dishes reveal the versatile Polish sauces and salads, from polonaise (buttery bread crumb) preparations of cauliflower and other vegetables to bright, vinegary salads. With nearly one hundred dessert and pastry recipes, this volume incorporates every essential sweet dish, from a selection of babas to ten different varieties of mazurka, Polish doughnuts, and Poppy Seed Rolls.
Complete from appetizers through dessert, chapters also include entries on Polish customs, such as Christmas Eve supper traditions, menus for holidays and special occasions, and the author's memories from her childhood.

Author Alina Zeranska grew up in Warsaw, where she learned Polish cooking and entertaining from her mother. For more than twenty years she was the editor of the family page of the Canadian Polish-language newspaper the Alliancer. Zeranska passed away in 2005.

The Art of Polish Cooking

"A valued standard on Polish traditions and cuisine for thousands of readers in the United States and abroad."
--Washington Post

The leading Polish cookbook since the 1970s, The Art of Polish Cooking contains more than five hundred authentic recipes. Incorporating all of the hallmarks of Polish cuisine--from deep in the country's past to modern times--this definitive volume includes appetizers, soups, salads, mains, meats, and desserts.
Proud Polish traditions are featured in special holiday menus for entertaining small and large families, along with charming descriptions of traditional Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Easter celebrations. The recipes, all listed in both Polish and English, include a vast array of menu items such as cabbage rolls; barshch soups; chicken, beef, and veal entr�es flavored with various sauces; and Polish pastries, cakes, and baked goods. Details about the historic origins of each dish accompany the recipes alongside information about the ancient and colorful traditions of the Polish people.

Jacket illustration by Cezary Nerwinski


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; Reissue edition (January 31, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882897098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882897097
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2000
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This book provides recipes that are all wonderful, traditional, and simple. It provides a wonderful set of menus for holidays and other meals that bring me back to being a kid in Poland. No matter how many different foods I try and love, I always come back to wanting Polish foods that were prepared for me as a child by my mother, aunts, and grandmother.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Norman Strojny on December 21, 2008
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"The Art of Polish Cooking" is an excellent Polish cookbook. There are, about, 500 very good recipes for almost any occasion. Also on the plus side, there is a good section on Polish customs and favorite menuses for various occasions. Also, there are many good recipes for cake and other desserts.

However, there are only a few recipes for bread. There are no photos and not enough drawings of finished dishes.

On the whole, I think this Polish cookbook is very good to excellent and offers many recipes for a reasonable price. However, there is a need to supplement this book with another that covers the areas missing in this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jill M. Krystofinski on October 24, 2008
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This cookbook is a classic and presents straight forward recipes that are as close to the foods made by my Polish in-laws as you can get. I actually bought a copy of this book thirty years ago. My recent purchase was for my son and was not a disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Szudrowicz on February 14, 2010
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Excellent cookbook.highly recommend for everyone.this book is an extra treat for people who want to extend their Polish Heritage
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wally papaj on January 3, 2014
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perfect for learning how to make delicious polish dishes would recommend this book to all who enjoy cooking different meals
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Both my parents were Polish and I grew up with this food. The recipes have been Americanised but the end result still tastes pretty much as it should. The difference between recipes from my mother and cookbooks I own written in Polish for Poles are rather minor, with some of Zeranska's recipes being a little simpler. Getting the taste right is not always the case with cookbooks that have been adapted for use outside the country of origin, and in that sense I would judge the book is very successful. An important measure of that success is the fact that my wife, who is American and knows nothing about Polish food beyond what I make, can surprise me with a meal based on a recipe from the book and the result tastes familiar to me. I would recommend this book for people who want easy access to Polish cooking.
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The cookbook has so many of the recipes I remember from when I was a little girl, and Mamusia would cook. I never really picked up on her cooking (how does on exactly add "three handfuls" of flour and determine if it's right or not?), but this takes me back to some of her recipes. All the basics are in there like pickle soup, bigos, and zurek. You even get a lot of neat cakes and pastries, all the ones I remember from being a kid. The scope of foods are truly impressive - everything from appetizers, soups, breads, baked goods, light fair, along with a bit of an explanation where warranted.

My mother came to visit me recently - I ended up getting her a copy when she started thumbing through mine bemusedly.
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The format is definitely retro ( I'm a founding member of the Boomer generation so I can say that from experience, lol ) and that's not necessarily a bad thing. That said, I found the ingredients and recipes to be very rudimentary. My Babchie was a good cook and would prepare Polish favorites pretty regularly and especially around holidays. She always had a garden and used fresh ingredients — rarely used canned or prepared anything. My grandfather was a butcher and owned a grocery store. He made smoked kielbasa and sauerkraut all the time so I guess we were spoiled. Bottom-line, there are a couple of recipes I will try.
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