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Hungarian Cookbook: Old World Recipes for New World Cooks, Expanded Edition [Kindle Edition]

Yolanda Nagy Fintor
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Book Description

These enticing Old World Hungarian recipes were brought to America by the author's grandparents, but they have been updated to accommodate today's dietary concerns and faster-paced lifestyles. The author also explores the seasonal and ceremonial observances still practised by Hungarian Americans: bacon cookouts, fall grape festivals, weddings, Christmas, New Year's, and Easter.

Editorial Reviews


.,."introduces the reader to a culinary wealth of truly great recipes... Featuring not only recipes with meticulous instructions, but also memories, traditions, and lore..., Hungarian Cookbook is very highly recommended for anyone seeking to learn about, create, and taste the flavors and culinary traditions of Hungary." --Midwest Book Review "Midwest Book Review"

About the Author

Yolanda Nagy Fintor is a first-generation Hungarian American who learned Hungarian cooking from her mother. She is co-author of Souper Skinny Soups (Pelican Publishing, 1993) and conducts workshops on writing and promoting cookbooks. She resides in Northridge, California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2483 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; Expanded edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00511JBBM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic as they come! April 21, 2001
As I read through this cookbook soon after purchase, I felt as though I was re-living my years growing up in a Second generation Hungarian Household in Northern Ohio. All of my grandparents were born in Hungary. The recipes are just as the ones I too learned first hand from my grandmother. I spent much of my time as a child in her kitchen. It also gives flexibility to the modern cook using ingredients that are available. The stories and traditions the author shares are ones that I have shared with my own children. This cookbook is one that I will definitely give copies of as gifts to family members! Thanks for the memories, Yolanda!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm Collection of Hungarian Standard Dishes August 26, 2005
"Hungarian Cookbook: Old World Recipes for New World Cooks" by Yolanda Nagy Fintor has a long title. It should. There is a lot packed in it.

As cookbooks go, this is among the most accessible I have read. While many tend to err with a tone too haute cuisine, Fintor realizes she's suggesting ordinary people cook these dishes.

To many Americans asking themselves what Hungarian food is, I can say it is a good, good thing. It will challenge your arteries, but delight your soul. Your stomach will be happy too. Here, you will find recipes proving that.

Fintor explains in a brief introduction a history of Hungarian cuisine. She writes how, despite its present unique place in the culinary world, it began as an amalgamation of French, Italian, Turkish, German and Transylvanian food.

While not exactly useful to the American cook, she has a section on Hungarian language. Now, you can pronounce the dish names when your Hungarian date comes over for dinner. If things work out, you will impress your spouse's family too.

More practical to most readers is her section on how to interpret the recipes, and what ingredients you will need handy. The difference this makes is important, like that vinegar to be used is distilled white, and that butter should be the salted kind.

Keyed into the needs of beginning cooks, Fintor provides some useful tips, a glossary of basic cooking terns (like dredge, dice, trussing, and what roux is).

Recipes are the bulk of the book, with some black and white pictures of dishes. The layout is easy on the eyes. Directions are straightforward. Occasionally, she gives ideas to adapt the recipe to an American context, in case the ingredients are somewhat different.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious recipes July 23, 2001
By Silvia
I received the book as a gift. The meals I have made taste just like my mothers did. I never knew how to cook Hungarian food; the instructions are easy to follow and don't take very long to make. How wonderful to enjoy this delicious food again. Each time I use this cookbook I'm ready to plan the next meal. Thank you.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written with memories, traditions, and lore January 12, 2004
Now in a newly expanded edition, Hungarian Cookbook: Old World Recipes For New World Cooks by Yolanda Nagy Fintor (who learned cooking from her Hungarian mother) introduces the reader to a culinary wealth of truly great recipes that have been passed down through generations of Hungarian cooks via an oral family tradition. Featuring not only recipes with meticulous instructions, but also memories, traditions, and lore from those who have prepared and shared such dishes as New World Creamy Potato Soup, Sweet And Sour Cabbage, and Beer Bread Sticks, the Hungarian Cookbook is very highly recommended for anyone seeking to learn about, create, and taste the flavors and culinary traditions of Hungary.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None Better October 10, 2008
By Karen
As the owner of dozens of cookbooks, I have to say Yolanda Fintor's 'Hungarian Cookbook: Old World Recipes for New World Cooks' is my hands down favorite. The snippets of family stories interspersed with bits of history make this an engaging read on its own. Add in the most delicious recipes you will ever find, written with easy to understand directions, and you get your money's worth and more. With food prices rising and household budgets tightening, this cookbook offers an amazing assortment of flavorful dishes using inexpensive basic ingredients. My favorite recipe is the Chicken Paprika with dumplings. I make a double batch because you can never have too many dumplings. The Stuffed Cabbage is another yummy favorite. Try any of the soup recipes and I guarantee you'll never go back to canned soup again. I recommend the Sour Cream Potato Soup for cold winter days. For Christmas I make batches of kiflis (named Grandma Kish's Crescents in the cookbook) with a variety of fillings - walnuts, apricot and raspberry, and give them as gifts. There's something for everyone in this cookbook from the most finicky eater to the die-hard lover of all things edible. Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book August 6, 2007
I love the title of this book and when I saw terms like Grandma and Grandpa Nagy in the introduction, I smiled because, I, too, am a Nagy. That was my maiden name and many of these recipes reminded me of my Grandmother's kitchen in Cleveland, OH. I'm keeping this book with my small colection of Hungarian culture for my daughters and grandchildren.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungarian Cook book January 15, 2012
By alice
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I LOVED this cookbook ! All my mother's side of the family was Hungarian/German and made the best meals and desserts. No one had their receipes and they all passed away without us asking for them.
And then to come across this cookbook and find the dishes that they made was a surprise of a lifetime. I was able to download mine for FREE on my Kindle but ordered the book for a cousin. We were thrilled. Even if i never make anything from the book, I still have my memories of my mother
and grandmother making the Plum Dumplings and Apple Walnut Pita. Thank you so very much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the paprika
My daughter served an LDS mission in Hungary, and has taught us an affinity for their cuisine. We've tried several recipes from this cookbook and found them fairly easy to do and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by mbj
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just like Moms
Published 4 months ago by jeri
4.0 out of 5 stars Grandmom's Best
This book was required reading in preparation for Zingerman's 2013 Gourmet Tour of Hungary. It really helped prepare me for a terrific time.
Published 5 months ago by lola
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a reason why this book is the best selling Hungarian cookbook...
I gave this book 5 stars because it accomplishes so many things at once that most cookbooks fail to do! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nanda Dyssou
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Great buy! My Hungarian Grandmother used to make some of these recipes, bought for both my daughters! They love it!! Thank you Great buy would recommend to anyone!!
Published 10 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes well explained. For all family.
Very interesting recipes.
A little "old fashion" but excellent presentation.
Very easy to applicate.
To be recommanded.
The printing is a little cheep.
Published 10 months ago by Jean-François Breton
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
Finally a cookbook with things the way my mother-in-law and her family used to cook them. I recently made the apple cake which was just delicious!
Published 12 months ago by DollyG
4.0 out of 5 stars Old world
I love this cookbook. Good old world recipes and history as well. It's right up there next to my GOOD EATS cookbooks! I use it often, but my favorite recipe is Cherry Soup.
Published 15 months ago by Monica Thomasson
3.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook on Kindle
It's okay, but I have difficulty using a cookbook from my Kindle. I would not purchase another one in this way.
Published 18 months ago by LovesToRead
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, many things in common.
Interesting read, good recipes. It is nice to know that someone else had a simular up bringing as myself. Many of the things she did as a child was as I did. Read more
Published 19 months ago by RandyW
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