Going, Going, Goulash: Tel Aviv Table Visits Hungary

Hungarian cuisine is undergoing a renaissance- and Jewish food is an integral part of the revival. On today's show, we visit Budapest and talk with the people who are pulling the stringbeans.

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A bowl of goulash, mainstay of the Hungarian cuisine.
A bowl of goulash, mainstay of the Hungarian cuisine.Credit: Dreamstime

Hungarian food is undergoing a revolution, shaking off decades of Communism and returning to its prestigious roots in the Austro-Hungarian imperial kitchen. Jewish food is an important part of that revolution. On today’s show, we visit Budapest and talk the people driving the Hungarian culinary scene, and to Israelis falling in love with it.

Hungary for some goulash?
Israeli Ofer Vardi used his Hungarian grandmother's recipe box to bring goulash to a local audience. He joins us to talk about his book Goulash for the Surfer and his passion for Magyar cooking.

A walk through Budapest's Jewish cuisine
Dora Czuk, journalist and Jewish food expert with Taste Hungary, shows host Daniella Cheslow some of Budapest's old and new Jewish food spots, starting at the city’s only kosher butcher.

A taste of Hungary: shaking off communist shackles
Originally from the U.S., Carolyn Banfalvi opened a food tourism company called Taste Hungary. She joins us from Budapest to talk about the rebirth unfolding in Hungarian kitchens.

Eating Jewish in Budapest
Dora Czuk, journalist and Jewish food expert with Taste Hungary, takes host Daniella Cheslow to some of Budapest's most famous Jewish restaurants: Kadar and Macesz Huszar.

Let them eat cake: Hungary's Jewish cake empire
We talk to pastry chef and cake designer Rahel Raj about her 'Flodni' cake empire, and visit Budapest's Cafe Noe, where this Jewish cake dominates the display window.

How Hungary's Tokaji wines got their mojo back
Itay Gleitman recently visited the Tokaji region of Hungary, famous for its wine and former Jewish life. He wrote about the trip in his regular Haaretz wine column, and tells us what he saw there.

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