From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food

September 18th, 2012

With more than 150 splendid photographs and more than 90 recipes for classic and contemporary Polish food, From a Polish Country House Kitchen is designed to bring an ignored cuisine to light. Anne Applebaum has lived in Poland since before the fall of communism, and this cookbook offers a tantalizing look into the turbulent history of this beautiful region. Together with fellow author Danielle Crittenden, she celebrates long-distance friendships with a love of food at the core, bringing the good, sustaining foods of Anne’s Polish country home into kitchens the world over.

He Just Called to Say He Loves Us: Barack Obama in London

May 29th, 2011

I was in a meeting on the other side of London on Wednesday while President Barack Obama was speaking in Westminster Hall, so I didn’t hear what he said. But I could see him. My meeting was in a room that contained a flat-screen television with the sound turned off, permanently tuned to Sky News. Because I was sitting across from this flat-screen television, it was impossible not to glance at it every so often, just to see what was going on. Read on »

China’s quiet power grab

September 28th, 2010

In April, the Chinese navy abruptly deployed 10 warships near the Japanese coast and sent helicopters to buzz Japanese ships. In July, the Chinese foreign minister angrily asserted his country’s claim to international waters in the South China Sea, along with some islands claimed by others. Last week, a Chinese fishing trawler smashed into two Japanese Coast Guard boats, possibly on purpose, leading to a Japanese arrest and a furious reaction from Beijing. Read on »