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Art of Polish Cooking, The Hardcover – January 31, 1989
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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."
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 entrï¿½es 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
My mother came to visit me recently - I ended up getting her a copy when she started thumbing through mine bemusedly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is still one of the go-to Polish cookbooks in my collection.Published 1 month ago by Billy Bison
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. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Yellow Tulips
Both this book for my future daughters in law and they are very happy, not sure if they used it, but I looked thru before handed to them and most recipes are very close to my momsPublished 24 months ago by shadow
Great book. Easy to follow, contains most of the recipes I was looking for. I recommend this book for any one looking for traditional polish dishes.Published on December 13, 2013 by Maria Malinowski
I love this book. It has many of the old recipies that I remember from my youth (which is long ago).Published on October 3, 2013 by Leo Wesolowski
My Polish friend, to whom I gave the book, like many of the recipes and thought they were traditional. He enjoyed the Plum Dumplings.Published on October 2, 2013 by William H.
I'm half Polish so I was looking for a particular recipe that my Mother used to make. I spotted it in the "look thru the pgs." and found one so I had to order the book. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Joyce Koenig
I didn't realize how many of these recipes I knew from my childhood but nice to have in written form. Easy to follow and a cultural pleasure.Published on June 24, 2013 by Mary Tomczak