This celebration of Russian and Polish food reveals how food is a central part of the festivals that mark the year, and explores the ingredients that are used in most home kitchens. Recipes include appetizing dishes such as Zurek (a sour rye soup) and Borscht (beetroot soup), the world-famous Pierogi and Pelmeni (little dumplings), as well as hearty meals such as Beef Strogaff, Hunter's Stew and the fabulous Salmon pie. There is also tempting cakes, pastries and desserts to choose from, including Pashka and Polish Cheesecake. This evocative book captures the essence of Russian and Polish cooking, and will inspire you to create authentic dishes at home.
Elena Makhonko was born in Leningrad/St Petersburg and learned to prepare Russian food at home. She has written for magazines and has published several books about food. Ewa Michalik works at Patio Restaurant, one of the most successful Polish restaurants in London, England. She regularly broadcasts on BBC radio, talking about Eastern cooking.