Going Paprikash: The Best of Hungarian Jewish Cuisine
By Ofer Vardi
Photography: Michal Revivo
Ofer Vardi, a journalist and an avid foodie, grew up eating his beloved grandmother’s Hungarian cooking. Only after she passed away did he realize that the aromas of her delicacies had disappeared with her forever. Armed with a battered notebook of recipes and his countless memories of Nana, Vardi embarked on a quest: to try to recreate the much-loved flavors of a time gone by. A year in Budapest helped bring him even closer to one of the world’s greatest cuisines.
Vardi began to share his stories, and Nana’s recipes, in a weekly column on the news site Ynet, where he attracted thousands of followers. Going Paprikash is a compilation of those columns, dedicated to anyone who longs for rakott krumpli, gomboc, and, of course, paprikas csirke—and to all of us who miss our grandmothers’ cooking, no matter where they were born.
This book includes a recipe box with more than 100 easy recipes, printed on convenient recipe cards alongside gorgeous photos.
La’Isha Magazine:Some of the finest food writing we’ve seen. / Israel Hayom: A delightful, moving morsel that will make you feel like Grandma Nana is your own. / Haaretz: With great talent and with love, Vardi resurrects an entire cultural and culinary world.