Continues Beatas touching story of a childhood in rural Poland, with 50 new recipes. This beautiful memoir/cookbook includes the food, festivals and Christmas traditions that sustain Poles through long, cold winters -- from St Nicholas Day to the vigil of Christmas Eve and the mid winter revelry of a Sylwestern New Years Eve ball.
Caroline Baum's Review:
Anyone who loved Rose Petal Jam is going to adore this chilly sister volume about the winter foods of Poland. Sydney GP Beata Zatorska is back with more family and carefully chosen classic recipes from around her native country, lovingly collected on journeys through snow and ice. It takes a lot of love to publish a book that puts so much effort into photography (magical snowscapes by Beata’s documentary maker husband Simon Target) and superb design, creating the effect of a cherished family album.
One thoughtful and sensitive aspect of Beata’s recipe gathering is the way she’s integrated recipes from Jewish culture alongside those from Catholic homes. So you‘ll find ways to cook fish for Easter and special saints days favourites alongside dishes for Chanukah celebrations.
The result is simply gorgeous to look at and a source of great inspiration when it comes to rib sticking slow cooked comfort food. Beetroot soup with wild mushroom dumplings gets my vote. There’s a modesty and frugality to the ingredients, with meat used sparingly as a garnish rather than the main event, and vegetables given prominence in a culture where growing your own and going to local markets is not a fashion, it’s a way of life.
And of course, the sweet tooth factor is not forgotten. The only way you are going to enjoy a white Christmas is if you substitute sugar for snow. Orange ice cream, typically eaten in minus freezing temperatures is a pretty and refreshing option that will adapt to our climate in one scoop.
About the Author
Beata Zatorska was born in Jelenia Góra, Poland. She started her medical training in Wrocław but graduated from the University of Sydney, and now works as a family doctor in Australia. Rose Petal Jam was the story of her return to Poland after 20 years away.With photography by her film maker husband Simon Target, Beata recalled summers spent in a remote village in the foothills of the Karkonosze Mountains in the care of her beloved grandmother, and the recipes she learned to cook there. Translated into German and Polish, the book has won design and print awards in many countries.
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estheticly presented book
More childhood memories recounted than recipes
Well thought out
Fantastic photos and layout
Easy to follow
""Zatorska's dual narrative--first as a native, with a child's perspective, then as a mature adult and somewhat outsider--makes for an almost dreamlike quality where memory and time collide and distort--at once evocative, enlightening and compelling." --""Food Tripper
Series: TABULA BOOKS
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3rd October 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 31.4 x 25.9 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.61