The seasonal focus of this stunning memoir cookbook brings to life the food, festivals, and traditions of the long, cold winters spent through a rural Polish childhood. From St. Nicholas' Day to the vigil of Christmas Eve and the mid-winter revelry of a Sylwester New Year's Eve Ball, the touching story picks up where its predecessor, the award-winning Rose Petal Jam, leaves off. Featuring 47 new recipes, the lush design and lavish visuals provide inspiration and nostalgia along a winter journey that takes in the cities of Lublin, Warsaw, Kraków, and Lódz, as well as some of Europe's oldest forests and the frozen Mazury Lakes. Part armchair travel but mostly a sumptuous personal narrative enhanced by many well-known romantic paintings and poems, this glorious cookbook demonstrates a deep love for Poland on every page.
Beata Zatorska was raised in a remote village in rural Poland and emigrated to Australia when she was 19. She is the author of Rose Petal Jam and has been a family doctor for more than 20 years. Simon Target has written and directed award-winning television documentaries and directed numerous television food shows with chefs such as Curtis Stone, Rick Stein, and Donna Hay. They both live in Sydney.
“Rose Petal Jam took my breath away…” —Huffington Post
“A colorful memoir, a pilgrimage, a travelogue and a food adventure.” —Columbia Daily Tribune
“This lovely book makes you hungry for Poland, even when it plays no part in your own heritage.” —Metro Pulse
“Perhaps the best way to describe the book would be as a declaration of love.” —Valentina’s Cookbook
“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