Pierogi by Zuza Zak – Cookbook Review

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I was given a copy of the cookbook for Christmas. All opinions are my own.

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About Pierogi:

“As far as I’m concerned, this is a book of bliss!” – Nigella Lawson

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The essential cookbook for preparing perfect Polish dumplings at home. Delve deep into regional recipes from all over Poland with the traditional ingredients and stories that define these delicious dumplings.

From the Baltic Sea with its abundance of fish, to the unique smoky and sour flavors of the mountainous south and beyond, discover endless options to satisfy every craving. As well as regional classics, Zuza Zak offers sweet and savory dumplings for every occasion.

With new and original creations, plus crowd-pleasing vegan and gluten-free options, Pierogi is a fascinating celebration of this beloved Polish speciality.

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Zuza Zak

About the Author:

Zuza Zak calls herself a Storyteller-Cook and her aim is to inspire the world to cook and eat more food from Eastern Europe.

Zuza’s interest lies in the culture and history of food and as such she uses storytelling as a medium for delving into another cuisine and through it, into another culture. Both in her writing and her food-focused PhD at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL), Zuza explores food as a cultural anthropologist, in the context of identity, society and culture.

Passionate about instilling an appreciation for food from an early age, she is now passing on her culinary love to her daughters. Zuza is the author of Polska (Quadrille, 2016) and Amber & Rye (Murdoch, 2021), this is her third book.


“She covers regional versions, ancient recipes, traditions and the stories that lie behind them, alongside contemporary iterations that are vegan, gluten-free and seasonal.” – Augustine Hammond, Financial Times

“Packed with guidance on dumpling shapes, doughs and fillings, the book also makes room for modern variations such as sweet-and-savory pumpkin.” -Sarah Karnasiewicz, Wall Street Journal

“Zuza Zak’s Pierogi (subtitled beckoningly “Over 50 Recipes to Create Perfect Polish Dumplings”) celebrates them all: sweet, savoury, fried, steamed or boiled. As far as I’m concerned this is a book of bliss!” – Nigella Lawson

You can purchase Pierogi on Amazon.com

My Opinion:

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that I love pierogi. I have made them in the past from an old recipe and the husband being a wonderful man, gave me this cookbook as a gift. Now I can try a number of different recipes.

It offers many different types of recipes from various regions of pierogi making countries. There are different doughs made from white, whole wheat and rye flours. You will even find a section for the vegan and/or gluten free pierogi lover.

Several methods for folding are shown – some I have never seen before, but for me a pierogi will only ever be folded one way.

Fillings and sauces are also showcased so that you can experience a pierogi with something other than potatoes inside. I know my next batch is going to have sauerkraut and bacon – a childhood favorite! You can let your imagination go crazy.

All in all I am very happy to have this cookbook in my collection.



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