From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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.
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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.)
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452124254
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 11/9/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,260,652
  • File size: 36 MB
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Meet the Author

Anne Applebaum
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.

Biography

Anne Applebaum is a columnist and member of the editorial board of The Washington Post.

She began working as a journalist in 1988, when she moved to Poland to become the Warsaw correspondent for the Economist. She eventually covered the collapse of communism across Central and Eastern Europe, writing for a wide range of newspapers and magazines.

Returning to London in 1992, she became the Foreign Editor, and later Deputy Editor, of the Spectator magazine. Following that, she wrote a weekly column on British politics and foreign affairs, which appeared at different times in the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, and the Evening Standard newspapers. She covered the 1997 British election campaign as the Evening Standard's political editor. For several years, she wrote the "Foreigners" column in Slate magazine.

Her first book, Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe, described a journey through Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus, then on the verge of independence. Her second book, Gulag: A History, narrates the history of the Soviet concentration camp system and describes daily life in the camps. It makes extensive use of recently-opened Russian archives.

Over the years, her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, Foreign Affairs, The Boston Globe, The Independent, The Guardian, Commentaire, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Newsweek, The New Criterion, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The National Review, The New Statesman, The Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review, among others. She has appeared as a guest and as a presenter on many radio and television programs, among them BBC's Newsnight, The Today Progamme, The Week in Westminster, as well as CNN, MSNBC, CBS and Sky News.

Anne Applebaum was born in Washington, D.C. in 1964. After graduating from Yale University, she was a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics and St. Antony's College, Oxford. In 1992 she won the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust award for journalism in the ex-Soviet Union. Between East and West won an Adolph Bentinck prize for European non-fiction in 1996. Her husband, Radek Sikorski, is a Polish politician and writer. They have two children, Alexander and Tadeusz.

Author biography courtesy of Anne Applebaum's official web site.

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herself:

"I met my husband because he and I decided to drive to the Berlin Wall on the night that it was first opened -- we drove there, together with another friend. Since he's from the East -- he grew up in Poland -- and I'm from the West, we've always liked the symbolism of that encounter."

"It was my foreign husband who finally persuaded me to move back to the United States, in 2002. After 16 years, I'd already reconciled myself to living abroad and had acquired dual citizenship in Britain. I thought of myself as a British journalist -- I'd never worked in the U.S. Now people seem surprised to learn that I was gone for so long." [Note: In 2006, Applebaum moved back to Poland with her husband.]

"If it were practical, I'd probably live in a Polish country house -- it's a 19th-century manor house that my husband and his parents have been restoring for the past decade. It isn't near anything -- it's provincial in the best sense of the word -- so is therefore impractical, but it is enormously satisfying to spend time in an old place that is nevertheless designed the way we wanted it designed. Although it has no architectural or historical significance, it is a house with an unusually calm aura, one that has inspired others -- while researching his own book about the place (The Polish House), my husband discovered that a novel had been written about it in the early 20th century.

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    1. Hometown:
      Poland
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 25, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale University, 1986; M.Sc., London School of Economics, 1987; St. Antony’s College, Oxford
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    This book is a very interesting cookbook. It is mainly old poli

    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.

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