A Taste of the Past: The Daily Life and Cooking of a Nineteenth-Century Hungarian-Jewish Homemaker

A Taste of the Past: The Daily Life and Cooking of a Nineteenth-Century Hungarian-Jewish Homemaker

by Andras Koerner
     
 

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A beautifully illustrated re-creation of Jewish Hungarian cuisine and life in the nineteenth century.See more details below

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A beautifully illustrated re-creation of Jewish Hungarian cuisine and life in the nineteenth century.

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"A Taste of the Past serves as both historical record and cookbook . . . Koerner has reconstructed a culinary tradition, updating the recipes to make them reproducible in a modern kitchen. Recalling (but not replicating) traditional Ashkenazic cuisine, these recipes exhibit distinctive spicing and Hungarian influences. Those looking for new desserts would do well to prepare Koerner's unique recipe crossing noodle kugel with bread pudding. Line drawings bring the text to life, and these recipes bring fulfillment to the curious cook seeking a challenge."—Booklist

"More than a cookbook, the book is a portrait of a life and a world that no longer exists."—The Jewish Week

"What is left of Jewish Moson is memories: family stories, photographs, letters, recipes and now, for the rest of us, Koerner's A Taste of the Past. It is a careful and loving re-creation of a world that met an unhappy death, and for a cookbook; or any other type of book; there is not much finer purpose than that."—The Forward

"The evocative drawings, the decorative initials, and a typeface designed in 1650 by a Hungarian, together make up an aesthetically exclusive book which is a pleasure to open, read, and perhaps, taste from."—The Budapest Sun

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584652090
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Edition description:
85 Authentic Recipes for the Modern Cook
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.43(d)

What People are saying about this

George Lang
"A Taste of the Past offers us fascinatingly vivid descriptions of the life of Jews in a small Hungarian town—a world that has disappeared with the Holocaust. Mr. Koerner also offers us accurate recipes of its kitchen, as delicious and satisfying as the wildly popular French or Italian regional cuisine. This rich volume is a fusion of history, anthropology, and anecdotes. . . . You don't have to be a Hungarian-Jewish refuge like me in order to savor A Taste of the Past."
Joan Nathan
"Andras Koerner has woven history, culture, storytelling, and food together in such an amazing and insightful way. This book will reconnect even the most disconnected with their heritage. By intermingling stories of food with the trials and triumphs of the everyday life of a woman who lived about a hundred years ago in a small town in Hungary, Koerner has reconstructed a lifestyle and a time that can only exist in our collective memories and imaginations."
Joan Nathan, author of Jewish Cooking in America and The Jewish Holiday Kitchen

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