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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452110557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452110554
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 3.2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,181 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 won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 2004. She is a columnist for the Washington Post. She is also the director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London. She has also worked as the Foreign and Deputy Editor of the Spectator magazine, as the Political Editor of the Evening Standard and as a columnist at several newspapers, including the Daily and Sunday Telegraph. From 1988-1991 she covered the collapse of communism as the Warsaw corresponded of the Economist magazine. Danielle Crittenden tested and developed many of the recipes in the book. Crittenden blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and her articles and essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post among others.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gourmand on 16 Dec 2012
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A wonderful book! The recipes are amateur-cook friendly, the ones I've tried so far have been excellent, and such a change from the normal round of national food.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janusz Knepil on 22 Mar 2013
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My parents were both Polish and came here in the mid 1940s They cooked only Polish food at home. Since they died (1991) I have not been able to recreate their cooking. This book, however, has lots of recipes for dishes that they made regularly and which I loved. I have tried a few of them and they work! Only downside is that many of them are in American Units, otherwise I would have given this 5 stars.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynda on 21 Mar 2013
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I loved this book. The historical, cultural, and anecdotal context to the recipes brought to mind Elizabeth David; the scholarship lightly worn, the style unpretentious. Beautiful pictures, a pleasure to hold and, best of all, recipes that really work!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 3 April 2014
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It Is absolutelly what I wanted. I order some more. Perfect as a gift. Not only for cooking interested people.
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