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From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food Hardcover – November 21, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452110557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452110554
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is Polish food for the modern palate: All of the flavors you would expect-sour pickles, tart beets, flavorsome game, bittersweet poppy seed-but lighter, fresher, and easier than ever before." - Nigella Lawson

About the Author

Anne Applebaum is the author of four books, including Gulag: A History, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. She is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate.com, and director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London. She lives in Poland, Washington, D.C., and London.

Danielle Crittenden blogs for the Huffington Post and her articles and essays have appeared in publications as wide-ranging as the Wall Street Journal and Ladies' Home Journal. The author of three books, she lives in Washington, D.C.

Bogdan and Dorota Bialy are food photographers in Poland.

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Customer Reviews

Well written, beautiful edition, recipes easy to follow up.
joanna wojciechowska
There is an excellent introduction and stories accompany many of the recipes providing the reader with interesting insights into a little known culinary tradition.
Barbara Wierzbianski
I would definitely recommend this cookbook to anyone looking for authentic Polish dishes.
Tina L. Romanic

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By AA_Doctor on December 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply amazing. I am Polish but have been living around the world for the past 6 years. Somehow I learned how to cook all types of food but Polish - once I opened this book I got very nostalgic and got tears in my eyes... Photographs are so beautiful and 'so Polish'. Recipes are very Polish and pretty much the same to what my mum actually cooks in Poland. I love that they were adapted to American market so I can try them while living here.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Wierzbianski on January 2, 2013
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This is a lovely presentation of Polish cooking and a surprise because one associates Anne Applebaum with such serious subjects as the Gulag and the Iron Curtain. The illustrations are beautiful, the recipes authentic yet easy to produce in an American kitchen. There is an excellent introduction and stories accompany many of the recipes providing the reader with interesting insights into a little known culinary tradition.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pommes on December 30, 2012
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Two local Washington DC political writers and home cooks, with ties to Poland and Eastern Europe, put together ninety recipes of classic Polish cuisine for the modern kitchen. All the usual suspects have been rounded up: lots of cabbage, beets, veggie soups and salads; a nice collection of braised and potted chicken, pork, wild boar and venison dishes; an enticing chapter on Pierogi (Polish dumplings)and fillers; and desserts including five infused vodka recipes. All well edited with great photos on fine paper.

It's pretty good! It might even make the James Beard Foundation contender list for regional cookbook award.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monika on February 20, 2013
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So comforting, so rich you have to try it to truly enjoy it. I love this book and I plan on using this book for cooking very often. My family is looking forward to my adventures in the kitchen. We will see................. and try.
Thank you for putting this book together.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lois B on August 6, 2013
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I'm an American food blogger living in Poland. This book was recommended to me by both Polish and American friends. As soon as it arrived, I spent hours reading and looking at the pictures (my favorite part of any cookbook). I've decided that I will cook my way through all of the recipes in the book and blog about our reaction to the dishes.

I've made almost 20 recipes at this point. Some of the recipes are things with which I'm well familiar, but I'm also finding dishes I have never tried to cook in the three years that I've lived in Poland. We fixed a venison recipe recently that was fantastic, and I'm usually not a fan of game meat.

I have five or six Polish cookbooks on my shelf, both in English and Polish. I don't understand much Polish, but most of my vocabulary is related to food. I think in years to come, this will be the book I will refer to the most. It's modern, aimed at American cooks, comfortable reading. Some of my other Polish cookbooks commonly used MSG or refer to the importance of a young bride learning to run a household and supervise the staff - not the way I cook or my life!

I love the stories that accompany each recipe. It's written like a food blog, with the family background of the dish, or how they like to serve it, extra tips to help the cook be successful, and some history behind the style or technique.

As much as the food, the authors personalities and passion regarding food come through. I feel like I've found kindred spirits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dona sabol on March 13, 2013
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A small collection of some basic recipes, yet well delivered. Interesting comments. Reading through this book, I relived the times I sat in my Baba's cozy kitchen, watching her prep meals in the Old World way. At times this book reminded me of her techniques and tricks I forgot!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren on April 17, 2013
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As a child growing up during the height of the cold war, food from the "former East", whether it be Russia, Poland or other Baltic States was, to Western minds uninspiring, bland and probably based around cabbage or potatoes. Such stereotypes tend to remain in place until subsequently changed through things like this book.

Now, cabbage-based recipes are to be found within the 90 recipes "for the ultimate comfort food" within this book, but they are by no means in the majority. This is a heavy, colourful work of love or work of art, which is a lot more than just a collection of recipes and pretty pictures. It is something you can sit down with on a rainy day and slowly dream or learn yet, when you need it, it is ready with many recipes that might challenge your perceptions and entertain your tastebuds.

After a fairly interesting, relaxed start, with various introductions and scene-setters one comes to the recipes, split into appetisers & starters; soups; salads & vegetables; main courses; Pierogi & pancakes; desserts and various larder essentials. As befits a possibly unknown style of cuisine, each recipe is prefaced with a lot of explanatory information and background, including the dish's original name in Polish. The instructions are very clearly written and explained in a methodical manner. Oddly, for a book that features so many great photographs, not each recipe is accompanied by a picture of the finished item. That does seem a fairly major omission. The only other real niggle is a constant complaint of ours - the lack of an estimated preparation and cooking time.

The end of the book features a perfunctory index for the recipes in both languages, which was a nice additional touch and something often overlooked by similar titles.
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