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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 entrées 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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Very pleased with the entire book.
Joyce Koenig
Easy to follow, contains most of the recipes I was looking for.
Maria Malinowski
A book to be enjoyed by anyone seeking Polish heritage.
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54 of 58 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
Format: Hardcover
"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
Format: Hardcover
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 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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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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By shadow on February 19, 2014
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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 moms
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By Maria Malinowski on December 13, 2013
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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.
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By Leo Wesolowski on October 3, 2013
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I love this book. It has many of the old recipies that I remember from my youth (which is long ago).
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