Rose Petal Jam: Recipes and Stories from a Summer in Poland

Rose Petal Jam: Recipes and Stories from a Summer in Poland

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Beata Zatorska, By (author) Simon Target

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  • Publisher: Tabula Books
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 226mm x 264mm x 46mm | 1,660g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0956699200
  • ISBN 13: 9780956699206
  • Illustrations note: fully illustrated illustrations
  • Sales rank: 3,639

Product description

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.

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Beata Zatorska was raised in a remote village in rural Poland and emigrated to Australia when she was 19. She 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.

Customer reviews

By George 29 Jan 2012 5

As someone who spends way too much time in the kitchen my tastes for cookbooks over the years have become narrower and narrower. With unfair expectations for most cookbooks, I admit as I unopened the package that was sent to me I fully expected to not want to waste the energy opening it after forming my opinion on its cover. And that's when I saw it. Exquisite photography by Simon Target captures the rose petals that hit you with a wave of nostalgia, even for me who bears no eastern european heritage. I flicked through each beautifully designed page and I read Beata's story and fell in love with the book, and have been experimenting and divulging in the 50 or so recipes. I have recommended it to three Polish friends who have also fallen in love and now gift it to their families, to remind them of their ancestry or younger years in an often over-looked country. 5 stars for an incredible cook book that I recommend to everyone, Polish or not, for some delicious and memorable meals combined with a heartwarming story!

By Rachel Hayes 10 Jan 2012 5

I purchased this book on the recommendation of my mum who saw it in a local bookshop. My mothers family came to Australia from Poland in the 1960's and have kept many of their traditional recipes alive. This book has many of the foods I remember my grandmother and great-grandmother making and much, much more. It showcases the best of Polish cuisine.
The photography is simply stunning and makes me yearn for a holiday to Poland to sample the food and walk in the beautiful countryside. I like the 'weightiness' and size of the book too and the lovely slip-cover.
A beautiful coffee-table book in it's own right with authentic & practical recipes to swoon over.

Review quote

""In addition to being a serious cookbook with more than 50 Polish recipes (from pierogi to poppy-seed cake) taken from Beata's grandmother's handwritten notes, as miraculously preserved as preserves, " Rose Petal Jam "is also part memoir and part travelogue, the story of Beata's idyllic childhood in the rural Karkonosze Mountains and her later day adventurous travels with Simon in Poland today. But there's more." Rose Petal Jam's "cover took my breath away with an exquisite photograph of rose petals, sugar crystals and a wooden pestle. (Simon's mother is the Australian landscape painter Pat Prentice. The photography in this book is numbingly beautiful; No doubt in my mind that Simon has his mother's eye.)" --Charlotte Safavi, " Huffington Post

Table of contents

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