Polish'd: Modern Vegetarian Cooking from Global Poland (Hardcover)
“Polish’d brims with dazzling recipes and inviting stories––virtuosic, vegetarian takes on traditional Polish cuisine with multicultural influences.”—Foreword, starred review
100 fresh, modern Polish vegetarian recipes—from new takes on traditional favorites to fusions from around the world
Michał Korkosz’s first book, Fresh from Poland—a Booklist Top 10 Cookbook of 2020 hailed as “a vegetable wonderland” by The San Francisco Chronicle—brought a Polish vegetarian cookbook to American readers for the first time. Now, he moves from celebrating Poland’s history with vegetarian versions of traditional recipes to exploring Polish cooking’s rich present with 100 exciting recipes.
Polish’d includes both typical Polish favorites made vegetarian, like Kakory (Potato Empanadas) Filled with Roasted Vegetables and Cheese, and new flavors brought to Poland through immigration and cultural exchange, like Miso Żurek with Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Mushrooms, and Dill. Its recipes showcase fresh vegetables, grains, and herbs, but there’s also plenty of buttery, sugary, and cheesy comfort-food goodness to be found. Readers will see, and taste, Polish food in a new way as they enjoy dishes like:
- Chilled Cucumber-Melon Soup with Goat Cheese, Crispy Apple, and Mint
- Kopytka with Umami Sauce, Spinach, Hazelnuts, and Poppy Furikake
- Nettle Pesto Pasta with Radishes and Asparagus
- Grilled Broccoli with Lemon Mayo, Umami Bomb Sauce and Poppy Seeds
- Tomatoes and Peaches with Soft Goat Cheese, Crispy Sage, and Superior Brown Butter Sauce
- Carmelized Twaróg Basque Cheesecake
Korkosz was the winner of the 2017 Saveur Blog Award for best food blog photography, and his gorgeous photos make these offerings even more mouthwatering. His love for his home country’s culinary tradition and innovation is at the heart of each recipe. With its unique take on this oft-ignored cuisine, Polish’d will please readers with Polish heritage, vegetarian fans of Eastern European food, and anyone looking for creative ways to enjoy plant-based fare.
Michał Korkosz is a food writer and recipe developer and the creator of the Polish food website Rozkoszny (meaning “delightful”), which has earned two Saveur Blog Awards. He is also the author of Fresh from Poland: New Vegetarian Cooking from the Old Country, named a cookbook of the year by San Francisco Chronicle and Booklist, among other accolades. He is a food columnist for Przekrój Magazine and a contributor to the Polish edition of Vogue, and has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition. Michał loves exploring food culture: He graduated with a degree in international relations and sociology, defending his theses on culinary diplomacy and politically shaped patterns of eating. He lives in Warsaw, where his heart belongs.
Recommended by the Polish Cultural Institute New York
"One of my favorite new cookbooks.
— Joe Yonan, Washington Post
Plant-forward innovations from a Polish kitchen. . . . Multicultural, inventive recipes . . . brim with the confidence of a knowledgeable cook who derives joy from bending tradition to suit his tastes.
— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
These recipes give you plenty of cause to say smacznego (bon appetit) to this delicious collection of innovative nouveau-Polish recipes.
The book’s engaging stories about Korkosz’s kitchen experiences are as inviting as its recipes. He writes that cooking ‘felt like a prayer,’ a sanctuary, a playground. He also imparts his playfulness and delight in culinary experimentation as he shares numerous tips and tricks to help home cooks achieve ‘restaurant-level’ results. Exuberant as a mazurka, Polish’d is a colorful introduction to fresh, innovative vegetarian cooking.
— Foreword, starred review
Highlights the ways in which Polish cuisine is (and always has been) ‘multicultural.’ . . . Start drooling.
Tradition and modernity intersect in Korkosz’s creative kitchen, resulting in food which seems unmistakably Polish but also very aware of the rest of the world.
— Kitchen Arts & Letters
Polish’d, a compendium of vegetable-centric culinary and visual delights, presents 100 new recipes, full-page photographs, and bright graphics sure to entice home cooks. Poland, Korkosz writes, was once a ‘mosaic of nations’ with diverse culinary influences . . . The international flavors of Korkosz's recipes never slight his unabashed love of his homeland . . . and the two pierogi recipes will delight cooks hungry for iconic Polish fare.
— Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review
An homage to Polish cooking, the book incorporates Polish food’s multicultural history, using ingredients introduced to Poland through globalization. Polish’d will take you through the rich history of Polish cooking for the modern cook.
— Paris Post-Intelligencer
I love the careful attention to flavor balance in these recipes that span across genres of deep comfort, vibrant nourishment, elegant entertaining options, and modern takes on traditional fare. Global influences light up Korkosz’s plant-forward culinary universe that is brilliantly organized in this collection.
— Laura Wright, author of The First Mess Cookbook
Polish’d—like the author himself—is punchy, fresh, and a true original. Korkosz’s food manages to be innovative but also comforting and familiar. His story of finding confidence and joy in the kitchen is so relatable, and he’s brilliantly infectious at sharing his joy of food with all of us.
— Sarah Copeland, author of Every Day is Saturday and Instant Family Meals
This book makes my heart sing— Korkosz’s fun, vibrant, and accessible approach to Polish cooking will have everyone cooking Polish food. I was smiling the whole way through. Brawo!
— Zuza Zak, food and culture writer, author of Polska: New Polish Cooking
Praise for Fresh from Poland
An Indie Bestseller
A Booklist Top 10 Cookbook of 2020
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Cookbook of 2020
— Washington Post
If your knowledge of Polish food stops at kielbasas and pierogi, definitely check out this exciting vegetarian cookbook written and shot by Polish food blogger Michał Korkosz. There are easy recipes that you can knock out while your morning coffee brews, like plump cheese curd dumplings made with farmer cheese, and bigger projects like the Barbie-pink chilled beet soup garnished with chopped potatoes and plenty of dill. As a guide, Korkosz makes ample space for readers to customize his ingredients; he’s all about adjusting for seasonality and whatever you’ve got on hand.
— San Francisco Chronicle
For those who think of Polish cuisine as merely potato pancakes and cabbage rolls, this charming collection will be an eye opener and a treat to the palate.
— The Rusa Book Media Awards (ALA)
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
Korkosz has created a gorgeous paean to the cooking of his home country. . . . Full of recipes that will engage everyone from beginning home cooks to experienced chefs. . . . A truly beautiful cookbook.
— Shelf Awareness
Home cooks, whether vegetarian or not, will appreciate this creative take on what is traditionally meat-heavy fare.
— Publishers Weekly
As an award-winning photographer and food blogger, Korkosz has written a beautiful cookbook with gorgeous photographs that will inspire home cooks. This book tweaks old favorites, from an ancient land, to make them healthful, plant-based, and relevant for today’s home cook.
— New York Journal of Books
Despite its (unjustified) reputation as meat-heavy, Polish cuisine is traditionally naturally rich with vegetarian dishes, and it makes me so happy that Michał Korkosz is bringing them to us in all their glory, with subtle modern touches and beautifu
— 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. Ogórkowa 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 twaróg, which is so unique in flavor and consistency that it has no competition in its category. But mostly, I love Michał’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.