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Fresh From Poland

Michal Korkosz



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Affirm Press
01 May 2020
Most people associate Poland with kielbasa sausage and other rich, heavy meat dishes, often served with cold vodka. But there's so much more to Polish cuisine. In this refreshing approach, food writer Michal Korkosz presents a new take on traditional Polish dishes, with over 80 comforting, vegetable-forward recipes. Korkosz displays his stunning photographs in this unique cookbook to bring an oft-ignored cuisine to the forefront in a new and inventive way. The vibrant recipes, like Brown Butter Scrambled Eggs and Creamy Cucumber Salad, make Polish cooking relevant and delicious for anyone, anywhere. His passion for the food of his homeland shines through, as he reveals a new side of Poland through its beautiful fruits, vegetables, grains, and herbs, while still evoking the beloved traditions of his mother and grandmother.

The vegetables are the stars, but Korkosz does not shy away from using butter, gluten, or sugar, because, he says, life is too short. The result is a selection of mouthwatering recipes, like Buckwheat Bliny with Sour Cream, Sourdough Rye, with Cultured Kefir Butter, Salt-brined Dill Pickles, Orange Apple Pie with Meringue and Streusel, and of course, pierogi of all kinds. Paired with Korkosz's award-winning photography, this unique and fresh book redefines Polish cuisine as we know it.
By:   Michal Korkosz
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 192mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   830g
ISBN:   9781615196555
ISBN 10:   1615196552
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michal Korkosz is a 21-year-old food enthusiast, cake lover, croissant gourmand, and food journalist in the making. He was born and raised in Poland. He cooks with passion every day for his family, and on his blog, he connects this love of cooking with another hobby-food photography. He is the winner of the 2017 Saveur Blog Award for best food photography.

Reviews for Fresh From Poland

A light and delicious take on a cuisine often underrepresented in cooking collections. Vegetarian or not, most cooks will find something to savor. --Library Journal Korkosz's photographic talent and his inventive ways with Polish cuisine make his first book (he's just 22!) a real standout...Rounding out the 87 recipes are Korkosz's very personal introductions to each chapter and each dish...and that top-notch photography, of course, evokes all thoughts of home and ties together his emphasis on family and food. --Booklist, starred review Home cooks, whether vegetarian or not, will appreciate this creative take on what is traditionally meat-heavy fare. --Publishers Weekly Despite its (unjustified) reputation as meat-heavy, Polish cuisine is traditionally naturally rich with vegetarian dishes, and it makes me so happy that Michal Korkosz is bringing them to us in all their glory, with subtle modern touches and beautiful photography. --Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka This book contains so many memories from my childhood, that just going through the list of dishes puts a smile on my face. Open sandwiches, pancakes with cheese, jagodzianki, and gzik take me back in time to my mom's morning table and me, a small girl waiting for something delicious to be served. Ogorkowa and pomidorowa are must-tries, as these soups will make you feel the love of all the Polish mothers preparing these for their children coming back from school. I'm so excited for people outside of Poland to learn about oscypek and bryndza, and my favorite twarog, which is so unique in flavor and consistency that it has no competition in its category. But mostly, I love Michal's stories. He shares a piece of his talent and his life with us. After reading this book, I want to visit him, sit at his table, and share secrets over something delicious, preferably his Polish cheesecake. --Marta Greber, creator of What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today This book is, like the author's beloved creamy sauerkraut soup, a 'one of a kind' pleasure. An ideal and spirited guide to the sweet, sour, satisfying tastes of his native Poland, Michal Korkosz is funny, encouraging ('Making pierogi is so relaxing') and joyously indulgent ('Tons of butter!') An enjoyable, transporting and inspiring read and a modern view of soulful food that's firmly rooted in tradition. --Adam Sachs, former editor-in-chief of Saveur It's rare to find a cook and writer who is equally talented at making stunning savory dishes and pulling off perfect baked goods. Through the fluffy pancakes, soulful soups, and delicate pierogis of his past and present, Michal Korkosz gives readers everywhere a beautiful and eye-opening introduction to the bounties of Polish cuisine, plus a few inspiring twists of his own. The colors alone--of golden morning buns and magenta beets--are enough to pull you in to his recipes. --Stacy Adimando, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author

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