Rose Petal Jam. Recipes & Stories from a Summer in Poland
By Beata Zatorska and Simon Target
Tabula Books, March 2011
After 20 years away Beata Zatorska returned to the village near Jelenia Góra where she was raised by her grandmother, a professional chef. Accompanied by her English husband Simon Target, she spent the summer exploring Poland, travelling tiny roads lined with wild rose bushes, finding castles and palaces among meadows and forests. Beata also rediscovered her grandmother’s delicious family recipes.
Rose Petal Jam is a delightful collection of recipes, memories, paintings and poems that celebrates the best of Poland. The book features over 50 recipes that reveal Polish cuisine to be both subtle and varied. There are family recipes for delicate pierogi, the traditional herrings in sour cream, pork with caraway and onion, beetroot shoot soup, as well as favourites like bigos, gołąbki and kluski śląskie, along with sweet treats such as pierniki, strawberry roulade and pączki – doughnuts, filled of course, with rose petal jam. These are interwoven with stories of Beata’s childhood, growing up in 60s and 70s communist Poland.
Rose Petal Jam is stunningly illustrated with hundreds of full colour photographs of recipes and the Polish countryside, from the Tatra mountains to the Baltic sea, as well as cities like Warszawa, Gdańsk, Kraków and Wrocław in high summer. Poems by Szymborska, Pope Karol Wojtyła, Miłosz and Norwid feature alongside well known paintings by Boznańska and Wyspiański, as well as many personal family pictures. The book will evoke strong memories for Poles living abroad, and encourage others to discover this beautiful country.
About the authors
Beata is a Polish born family doctor practising in Sydney. Simon was born in England, educated at Cambridge and is a film maker well known in Australia for his documentaries and food programmes. They have bought the family home in Poland where Beata grew up and go back whenever they can.