Recommended: These Beautiful Books Belong in Every Polish-American Kitchen
Sumptuously illustrated, Rose Petal Jam: Recipes & Stories from a Summer in Poland will give you a whole new perspective on Polish cooking. Written by Beata Zatorska and Simon Target, the book is based on the handwritten recipes that Zatorska discovered in grandmother’s village in Poland. Combined with memories of her childhood, Zatorska faithfully reconstructs the way her beloved grandmother taught her to make pierogi and other familiar and non-so-familiar Polish dishes. Polish cooking doesn’t get any more authentic than this, and a more beautiful book about it has never been published.
From a Polish Country House Kitchen consists of “90 recipes for the ultimate comfort food.” Its authors are Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden. Applebaum is the distinguished author of a number of books about Eastern Europe, including Iron Curtain and Gulag, which won her the Pulitzer Prize. She and her husband, Polish diplomat Radek Sikorski, purchased and renovated a falling-down Polish manor house, where she learned to cook with local products and traditional practices. The result is a delightful collection of recipes that range from simplified stuffed cabbages to venison stew.
Both of these titles are available from your library or wherever fine books are sold.