After 20 years away, Beata Zatorska returns to the village in Poland where she was raised by her grandmother, a professional cook. With her English husband Simon she explores her country and recreates her grandmother's delicious family recipes. The result is a delicious reverie of recipes and memories that celebrate the beauty of Poland today.
Beata Zatorska learned to make pierogi and other Polish recipes in her grandmother's farmhouse kitchen, in the remote village in the foothills of the Karkanosze mountains where she grew up. When she returned years later her beloved grandmother was gone, but she found her handwritten recipes for preparing traditional Polish dishes, and for preserving the precious fruit and vegetables grown in the family garden. Those recipes make up this charming book, together with Beata's memories of her childhood in Poland in the '60's and '70's, and the story of her journey with her husband Simon to discover Poland today.
Beata Zatorska was born in Jelenia Gora in southwest Poland. She started her medical studies in Wroclaw but graduated from the University of Sydney, and now works as a family doctor in Australia. Her fascination with medicine began on long mountain walks with her grandmother - a professional chef who taught her the use of herbs and wildflowers in cooking and healing. Like many Poles who live away she has kept her country in her heart over the years. When she finally returned to Poland, the first thing she did was leap into a wild rose bush to smell the petals - the scent of her Polish childhood.
Chapter 1: Rose Petal Jam - A Polish Childhood Chapter 2: Return of the Stork - Prussian Palaces and the Karkonosze Mountains Chapter 3: Summer in Poland - Wroclaw - Poznan - Wielkopolska - Baltic Sea - Gdansk - Torun - Warszawa - The Heart of Poland - Zamosc - Castles on the Border - Tatra Mountains - Krakow - A New Polish Home Map of Poland - List of Polish Recipes - Index -Acknowledgments
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