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Product Details

  • Series: The Terroir Guides
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom (June 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145567
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The indispensable guide [to Budapest] is Carolyn Bánfalvi's Food Wine Budapest, with attractive photos by George Konkoly-Thege." -CondéNast Traveler

"Food Wine Budapest: A Terroir Guide, by Carolyn Banfalvi, concentrates on gastronomic pleasures. It is, quite simply, the best guide available today to the culinary renaissance of the city and region in the post-communist era. Banfalvi profiles some of the best restaurants and wine bars in Budapest, but also includes cafes, pastry shops, specialty food shops and markets, as well as the traditions behind their offerings. Helpfully, she includes extensive translations for the names of wines, foods and cooking methods as well. This is the first book in a new series called Terroir Guides, which promises to explore cities or regions, focusing on the way local influences are reflected in food and wine. The Budapest guide sets a high standard for those that follow." —Laszlo Buhasz, The Globe and Mail

"Getting to the heart of regional cuisine can be a tall order, but The Terroir Guides ably examine the interplay between markets, local food artisans, winemakers, and chefs on a town-by-town basis, taking the reader from field to plate and making a great companion for any food-obsessed tourist...packed with local history, food lore, and useful translations." --Sherman's Travel

"I love The Terroir Guides. They give me everything I want. They're a tactile pleasure, compact, meaty. They're lovely to look at, elegantly laid out, mutedly and tastefully colored...positively overflowing with the Who, What, Where and How even an intrepidly independent traveler should know...The Little Bookroom has a knack for putting guidebooks into print that are as useful as they are beautiful." --Wine News

"A travel guide worthy of the city.You can easily kill a week in Budapest, but until now, good food guides written in English about the area were scarce. Carolyn Banfalvi's new book, Food Wine Budapest, is part of the beautiful Terroir Guides series, and fills the gap nicely. It has neighborhood guides, a primer on Tokaji wine, tons of good restaurant recommendations, and pretty pictures." -CHOW.com

About the Author

Carolyn Bánfalvi is a freelance journalist and author based in Budapest. She has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal Europe, Saveur, Gourmet.com, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, Gastronomica, and The Washington Post. She organizes custom food and wine tours in Hungary through Taste Hungary, her culinary tour company.  

George Konkoly-Thege was born in Hungary. His photographs have appeared in many publications, including Cosmopolitan, Horizon (the in-flight magazine for Hungarian airline Malév), and Playboy.

More About the Author

Carolyn Bánfalvi is a food and travel journalist and author based in Budapest, Hungary. She has spent much of the past decade living in Hungary and has authored the first culinary guidebooks to the Budapest dining scene and Hungarian food and drink: "Food Wine Budapest" (Little Bookroom), which was the first in the Little Bookroom's Terroir series and was named a finalist for a 2009 IACP Cookbook Award, and "The Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Hungary" (Park Kiado).

Carolyn's articles have appeared in dozens of publications including Saveur, Gastronomica, Gourmet.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Olive (BBC), The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, Chow.com, The Washington Times, Delta Inflight, Bthere!, Black Ink and Four Seasons. She holds both journalism and culinary degrees. She has two young daughters, who also love to eat and cook.

Carolyn organizes custom food and wine tours and events in Hungary through her culinary tour company, Taste Hungary.

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I found all of the information, advice, and detail spot on.
RonInManhattan
If you're planning a trip to Budapest, you'll be glad you have this book in your backpack.
Susan Doeden
It is a great investment on the rich food culture of Hungary.
Yukari Sakamoto

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark C. Hall on February 20, 2009
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I have been to Budapest many times and thought I knew most of the good eateries. This colorful guide book offers up some tempting new suggestions in city where you can find some of the best fois gras and red wine in Europe. Having recently returned from Paris I can assure you that when it comes to value dining Budapest is hard to beat. Not only is the Hungarian fois better in most cases but it is a fraction of the price one often pays in Paris for smaller portions. For those who love red wines what's not to love about the beautiful vintages coming out of Villany. The author knows Hungarian food and you can feel the love for the country, its people and its cuisine as you leaf through this beautiful edition. Invaluable : Especially now that the dollar is so strong against the forint... Visit now and enjoy the real bargains this city offers up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yukari Sakamoto on July 12, 2009
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Carolyn Banfalvi has poured her passion and knowledge of food and wine into this book. It is packed with information including essentials on getting around the city, a select list of further reading and websites, an outstanding culinary dictionary and a great primer on the delicious Hungarian wines.

Even if you are not planning a trip to Budapest, it is worth reading for the information on soups, meats, dumplings, and palinka. The coffeehouses and sweets are documented to great detail. This book will not disappoint. It is a great investment on the rich food culture of Hungary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Williams on January 18, 2009
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I travel a lot, and I travel, primarily, so that I can DINE. Accordingly, I've read a LOT of food-related guides, but never one quite as comprehensive, on-the-mark, and as readable as this one. When I first read the book (cover to cover, in preparation for a 2008 return visit to Budapest), I thought that the author must be some older, vastly-experienced travel writer, writing from a long experience with not only Budapest/Hungarian food and wine, but also coming from a broad background of food-writing all over Europe. I was (totally, joyfully) stunned to discover that the author was a young-ish resident of Budapest, and that this incredible guide was her first major published effort. Astonishing! I've read many, many food-related guides for places like Paris, London, Catalonia and elsewhere, and this book is the best one -- by far, bar none -- of all I've seen. I'm still suffering from a sort of happy disbelief at both the quality of the writing and the accuracy of the recommendations. Wow. Wow! The company that published this book should send the author on extended visits to other major cities, to parlay her perceptive skills and style into a series.

In short, if you're headed to Budapest (or anywhere else in Hungary), this is a must-have book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Doeden on January 10, 2009
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I purchased this book as soon as it was available. My husband and I were planning our first trip to Budapest. We read through the book before we left, marking all the restaurants we wanted to try while we were there. We slipped the book, already looking worn and ragged with yellow sticky tags hanging out from two sides, into our backpack as we headed to the airport. And that's where it stayed as we walked the streets of Budapest for 11 days, enjoying some of the wonderful restaurants, the great food and Hungarian wines that Banfalvi recommends in the book. Each time we were ready to eat, we pulled out the book, filled with information about where to get good coffee, sweet treats, wine, or a good Hungarian meal.
Her food-related Hungarian-English and English-Hungarian dictionary was very helpful. Locator maps would have been useful, with numbers used to indicate locations of each place. We did discover, though, that Budapest is an easy city to navigate and it's not difficult to find what you're looking for.
If you're planning a trip to Budapest, you'll be glad you have this book in your backpack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathalie Harris on July 11, 2012
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I have read this book cover to cover in preparation for an extensive trip to Budapest. It is extremely well written, with excellent information on the history of Hungarian food and drink and where to go to find them. The translation indexes for food and phrases are great and I am sure it will come in handy on the road. Hungary has an excellent wine culture and this book gives you enough info to feel confident ordering or picking up a couple of good bottles. The restaurant and cafe reviews seem honest and I have already planned a few must stops straight from the book. There is also excellent info on the famous Hungarian markets and if you still have time for anything else there are some excellent sounding day trips listed out of Budapest.
Super happy with this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves good food and drink and is planning a trip to Hungary.
I have also learned that there is a website [...] by the same author with updates of their latest restaurant picks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gedance on May 12, 2010
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Carolyn Bánfalvi's book is like having a friend take you by the elbow (gently) and guide you through the maze of Budapest restaurants, markets, coffee houses and bars. I first checked out places I knew--accurate and without hyperbole. I also noticed that some bad spots were not mentioned at all. Brava! It is heavy to carry around--I'll just make a list of places I want to go. Excellent about the market halls. She captures the various spirits of the many places.
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