right away. But there are many more dishes and Polish cuisine is really worth exploring. It offers a rich choice of tastes and flavors, which makes any food lover happy. Where does this enjoyable variety come from? First of tradition and history. A few centuries ago Poland was one of the biggest countries in the world - home to many different nationalities. Not only did they provide they own culinary input, but Polish nobility were always eager to include novelties from abroad into their cooking. In this way Polish food became a term encompasssing a great deal of ideas, stemming from inside and outside the country alike. And that's exactly why in Polish cuisine you'll find Ukrainian, French, German, Italian, Jewish, Hungarian, Oriental and other influences. Variety is a great thing, you might say, but is there anything more specific that could be said about Polish food? It is usually claimed that there's a lot of meat in Polish cooking and that it's dominated by dense, "heavy" sauces. Poles are also said to have inclination for sweet things. There is much truth in these opinions. It is also true that many of the Polish traditional dishes are not particularly healthy. But that is no reason to give up Polish food. First of all the "unhealthy" (but very tasty) things may be safely enjoyed provided that you eat them in moderation. Probably every cuisine has such items. And apart from that it is absolutely possible to find enough of great Polish recipes for dishes which will satisfy your palate and be good for your health at the same time. Fish, dumplings and various soups are just some examples. It is worth noticing that there's more than just tradition to Polish cuisine. Modern Polish cooks use modern trends and their original ideas. As a result even a modest herring may become an unexpectedly thrilling experience. So in order to really know what Polish food is like, you'll have to actually taste it. The best way of doing that is of course by coming to Poland. It is after all in its native land, where a cuisine can be best appreciated. Restaurants, regional food makers, people, places and, last but least, drink. But finding a reliable Polish food supplier or restaurant may also be a satisfiable solution. Just don't be tricked by cheap imitations :)
Polish cuisine of today still keeps developing. Just like any great cuisine of a living nation. lthough some bad habits form that era still linger on, freedom of creation along with good old recipes have made wonders.