Polish Classic Recipes
Text by Laura and Peter Zeranski
Photography by Matthew Aron Roth
Hospitality and hearty food are the hallmarks of the Polish dining experience, and traditional Polish cuisine is as rich in flavor as Poland's history is rich in traditions. This beautifully photographed collection of authentic Polish recipes features dozens of favorite dishes from throughout the Eastern European country, as well as preparation techniques, ingredient selections, and titles given in both Polish and English.
Seasoned with fragrant dill and caraway, richened with sour cream, and dressed with onions, horseradish, and butter, Polish cooking is hearty, hospitable, and remarkably varied. The classic recipes in this book were carefully selected to provide a cross section of dishes, from the popular kielbasa, pierogi, and cabbage rolls to less well-known dishes such as Veal Stew with Dill, Baked Fish with Mushrooms and Cheese, and Plum Cake. Organized by course, the offerings range from appetizers and salads to sides and sweets, featuring the most iconic and national of dishes—Hunter's Stew and Barszcz—alongside simple peasant fare and a handful of desserts, including honey cake, poppy seed rolls, and chocolate mazurka. A chapter devoted to pierogi presents the dumplings with an assortment of fillings, and the final chapter of sweets tops off any meal in true Polish fashion.
Tested to perfection, each heritage recipe has been updated for the modern kitchen while retaining traditional roots. Accompanied by sections on Polish holiday customs, history, and menu pairing suggestions, these dishes offer a flavorful sample of Polish dining experience, as passed down from generation to generation.
"This beautiful book offers a selection of classic Polish dishes for holidays and other festive occasions… Descriptions of Polish customs and personal recollections of Peter Zeranski enliven the text. The authors are clearly proud of Poland's rich and varied culinary traditions so faithfully passed down through generations."
~ Bard of Directors, Polish Library in Washington, D.C.
"Here is a wonderful compilation of home-grown recipes that have been perfected by generations, steeped in Polish history, flavored by traditions, spiced by foreign influences and stewed in proverbial Polish hospitality. Smacznego!"
~ Aleksandra Zajackowski, author and librarian
LAURA AND PETER ZERANSKI are a husband-and-wife team who have been cooking and eating classic Polish food together for decades. Peter Zeranski was born in Europe to Polish parents. He is a retired marketing professional. His family's love for Polish cuisine and traditions is showcased in The Art of Polish Cooking, the critically acclaimed cookbook his mother Alina Żerańska wrote in 1968. Laura Zeranski learned to cook Polish dishes from her mother-in-law and began preparing Sunday family dinners and special holiday celebratory meals. Laura is a retired health records administrator who has consulted with clients throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. The couple resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
MATTHEW ARON ROTH has worked as a photographer and photojournalist and has interned at the Washington Examiner, among other publications. He graduated from Corcoran College of Art + Design with a B.F.A. in photojournalism. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Publishing House: Pelican Publishing, Gretna 2011
HardCover book measuring 8.75" x 8.75" x 0.5"
96 pages, 100 color photographs, index
English Language Version
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