Book Size: 9.75" x 7.5"

Pages: 192

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623717179

Imprint: Interlink Books

Release date: Fall 2023

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The Sweet Polish Kitchen

A Celebration of Home Baking and Nostalgic Treats

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“Drawing from her Polish background, Poland’s history, and her personal love of sweets, Behan (Wild Honey and Rye, 2019) introduces readers to the influences in Polish food and the concept of Polish hospitality in this cookbook that’s like looking through a fairy-tale cottage, with cakes and cookies set for teatime … Home cooks and bakers into all things cottage-core and soft living will love cozying up to this beautiful and functional book filled with lovely, simply elegant bakes.”
Booklist, starred review

About this book

A collection of traditional and modern Polish baking and dessert recipes including babkas, cheesecakes, tarts, pastries, and all things sweet and celebratory.

A collection of traditional and modern Polish baking and dessert recipes including babkas, cheesecakes, tarts, pastries, and all things sweet and celebratory. Ren Behan takes you from everyday baking to celebrations in this comprehensive, modern take on Polish sweet treats, and draws on influences from across central and Eastern Europe.

Honey, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, citrus peel, cherries, sweet whipped cheese… With these warming scents and flavors, Ren Behan takes you from everyday baking to carnival doughnuts in a comprehensive tour of Polish sweet treats. Traditional and modern Polish recipes include babkas, cheesecakes, tarts, pastries, and all things sweet and celebratory. With modern twists and bold, folkloric styling, The Sweet Polish Kitchen will link traditional recipes with current trends, designed to bring the spirit of Polish patisserie and bakes to a new audience.

Poland’s rich, multi-national café culture underpins these recipes, which draw on many influences; the first patisseries in Warsaw were opened by Italian and Swiss immigrants, and there are also borrowings from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Russia, Lithuania and Belarus. A new and delicious baking world is in your hands!

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About the author

Ren Behan is an acclaimed food writer of Polish descent, who is inspired by both her heritage and the fast changing food landscape in Poland. Her writing and recipes are an exciting fusion of traditional and modern Eastern European cuisine. An ex-lawyer who swapped the courtroom for the kitchen, Ren is now a mother of three and writes for a number of prominent online publications such as JamieOliver.com, GreatBritishChefs.com and her own highly popular blog RenBehan.com. Her Polish recipes have been featured in leading mainstream food magazines, and she has been a judge at The Guild of Food Writers Awards. Whenever time allows, Ren runs pop-up events that showcase the delicious flavors of Polish food. This is her debut cook book.

Reviews

“Drawing from her Polish background, Poland’s history, and her personal love of sweets, Behan (Wild Honey and Rye, 2019) introduces readers to the influences in Polish food and the concept of Polish hospitality in this cookbook that’s like looking through a fairy-tale cottage, with cakes and cookies set for teatime … Home cooks and bakers into all things cottage-core and soft living will love cozying up to this beautiful and functional book filled with lovely, simply elegant bakes.”
—Booklist, starred review
 
“[A] thoughtful, thorough look at the sweeter side of Polish kitchens. Behan starts off with culinary tips, necessary equipment, and advice on stocking a Polish baking pantry and then delves into a full panoply of delicious treats … Scattered throughout are recipes with remembrances … which offer a fascinating glimpse into the culinary culture of Poland and Central Europe … Infused with all the warmth and charm of a babcia, Behan’s excellent introduction to the best of classic and modern Polish baking is a true delight.”
— Library Journal
 
“Behan (Wild Honey and Rye) offers a cozy and approachable guide to creating Polish desserts at home. Traditional sweets … take center stage. Behan also includes enticing modern desserts … Equally exciting is the rich historical and cultural context Behan provides … Cooks of all levels will be able to follow Behan’s straightforward instructions with ease. This memorable volume is a must for home bakers and Polonophiles alike.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

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