"The Best of Polish Cooking, Expanded Edition" offers many decent Polish recipes, with a chapter on light Polish food. The organization of the book is, both, good and a challenge. I think that American cooks who would like a change from the same old fare will like this book. However, some Polish-Americans, decended from peasants, miners, and laborers, may not like this book as much as most Americans. Normally, bread, other baked goods, and desserts would be presented in a separate chapter and there would be an emphasis on very traditional foods for Christmas and for Easter. Also, I was puzzled by odd, high society, Dinner menues for Christmas Eve and for Easter. I, also, was puzzled by a full chapter on Vodka while beer, which is even more essential at a Polish table, is almost totally neglected.
While the recipes presented are good food, I think Polish-Americans will want to buy one or more cookbooks that have a clearer presentation of Polish traditions and customs for holidays as well as clear recipes and instructions for the usual, highly traditional, Polish dishes (For example, one form of pierogi is given, with an unusual recipe. But, a half-dozen other types of pierogi are not even mentioned.) Further, I found the index to be confusing, using non-traditional names for some dishes. Finally, some of the recipes have woefully inadequate directions for the cook who is inexperienced with some of these dishes.