Hospitality and hearty food are the hallmarks of the Polish dining experience. This cookbook features dozens of favorite Polish dishes showcasing a variety of flavors, preparation techniques, and ingredient selections. With titles given in both Polish and English, recipes range from cucumber salad and beet soup to pork cutlets, potato pancakes, and cabbage rolls. A chapter devoted to pierogi presents the dumplings with an assortment of fillings, and the final chapter of sweets tops off any meal in true Polish fashion.
Like all the books in Pelican’s Classic Recipe Series, the entries in this collection were carefully selected to provide a cross section of memorable and authentic dishes. Organized by course, the offerings range from appetizers and salads to sides and sweets, featuring the most iconic and national of dishes—Hunter’s Stew and Barszcz—alongside comfort food and a handful of desserts, including honey cake, poppy seed rolls, and chocolate mazurka.
Designed for the modern kitchen yet retaining traditional roots, each heritage recipe has been tested to perfection. Accompanied by notes on Polish holiday customs, history, and menu pairing suggestions, these dishes offer a flavorful sample of the Polish dining experience, as passed down from generation to generation.
About the Authors
Laura and Peter Zeranski are a husband-and-wife team who have been cooking and eating classic Polish food together for decades. They were participants in the Library of Congress National Book Festival and their title Polish Classic Desserts won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Eastern European Cookbook in the USA. Peter Zeranski was born in Europe to Polish parents. He is a retired marketing professional. His family’s love for Polish cuisine and traditions is showcased in The Art of Polish Cooking, the critically acclaimed cookbook his mother Alina Żerańska wrote in 1968. Laura Zeranski learned to cook Polish dishes from her mother-in-law and began preparing Sunday family dinners and special holiday celebratory meals. Laura is a retired health records administrator who has consulted with clients throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. The couple resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
About the Photographer
Matthew Aron Roth has worked as a photographer and photojournalist and has interned at the Washington Examiner, among other publications. He graduated from Corcoran College of Art + Design with a BFA in photojournalism. He lives in Washington, D.C.
POLISH CLASSIC RECIPLES
By Peter and Laura Zeranski
Photography by Matthew Aaron Roth
COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / Polish
96 pp. 8 1/2 x 8 1/2
100 color photos Index