From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food

From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food

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by Anne Applebaum, Danielle Crittenden
     
 

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With more than 150 splendid photographs, headnotes that illuminate Poland's vibrant food culture, and more than 90 recipes for classic and contemporary Polish food, this unique and fascinating cookbook brings an ignored cuisine to light. Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum has lived in Poland since before the fall of communism, and this cookbook—nourished by…  See more details below

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With more than 150 splendid photographs, headnotes that illuminate Poland's vibrant food culture, and more than 90 recipes for classic and contemporary Polish food, this unique and fascinating cookbook brings an ignored cuisine to light. Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum has lived in Poland since before the fall of communism, and this cookbook—nourished by her engagement with the culture and food of her adopted country—offers a tantalizing look into the turbulent history of this beautiful region. In a Polish Country House Kitchen celebrates long-distance friendships with a love of food at the core, bringing the good, sustaining foods of Anne's Polish country home into kitchens the world over.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Crittenden admits in her preface “Anne and I are unlikely cookbook writers” (Applebaum is a columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner for Gulag and National Book Award nominee for Iron Curtain; Crittenden is a writer and editor who specializes in politics and women’s issues) and that “Polish food is an unlikely topic for a cookbook.” The authors do an excellent job of ridding readers of any preconceived notions that Polish cuisine is bland or unenticing. Both women were inspired by the beauty surrounding Anne and her husband’s Polish country house, Dwor Chobielin, which the couple spent two decades rebuilding. While visiting the manor house, Crittenden says, “the culinary renaissance we encountered everywhere thrillingly symbolized Poland’s national rebirth.” The use of fresh, seasonal ingredients is a passion both women share, made clear in their recipes for soups, Salads, main courses, and desserts alike. Some dishes are traditionally Polish (Barszcz, Beet Soup, Three Ways), while others have been tailored (butter lettuce and endive salad calls for olive oil dressing rather than the typical white, creamy Polish dressing), but all are distinctive. Highlights include braised cabbage with wine and nutmeg; pierogi with truffles and brown butter filling; and wiener schnitzel, Polish style. This artful, beautifully photographed book will open readers’ minds and inspire home cooks to tackle Polish cuisine, regardless of their familiarity level. Agents: David McCormick and George Borchardt. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452124254
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
11/09/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
37 MB
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Meet 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Poland
Date of Birth:
July 25, 1964
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Education:
B.A., Yale University, 1986; M.Sc., London School of Economics, 1987; St. Antony¿s College, Oxford
Website:
http://www.anneapplebaum.com

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From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very interesting cookbook. It is mainly old polish recipes with a modern twist. The ingredients are not that hard to find, your local grocery store will do. Only a few recipes call for more hard to find items. Very well written and organized. Many of the recipes are everyday while some are more "special occasion". If you enjoy Polish cuisine then this book is filled with great ideas to change up the typical Polish fare. Would highly recommend to cooks with moderate to high kitchen skills, that like unique flavors.
DSJames More than 1 year ago
i was a little skeptical when they talked about about how they had changed recipes to accommodate modern kitchens and western foodstuffs, bu the recipes that I tried turned out to be spot-on with the taste-memories from my grandmother's kitchen. A wealth of old-country comfort food ideas.
PaulBadger More than 1 year ago
Honestly, anyone who has ever had Polish food knows its rather delicious. Russian and German mixed together with some excellently unique taste combinations. The authors of this cookbook know this, and they mix easy to follow recipes with anecdotes about the food itself and they create an excellent cookbook. Very recommended.