Food, Food Artisans

7 Reasons We Like To Make & Eat Hungarian Food

At Zingerman’s Bakehouse we’re bringing traditional Hungarian foods to Ann Arbor. Hungary has an incredibly rich and varied food tradition reaching back at least 1500 years, including an Eastern European Jewish influence. After doing the research we got excited about learning these new foods and sharing them with you. So we traveled to Hungary in September 2011, May 2012 and again in October 2012 to eat and research. And we’re going back this coming October!

Stop in and ask for a taste of our favorite Hungarian foods.

7 Reasons:

1. It Tastes Delicious
We fell in love with it first hand on our trips to Hungary. The proof is in the eating! Gulyás, cabbage goose fat strudel, lesco, pickles of all sorts, körözött, foie gras, lángos, krémes, dobos torta…delicious!

2. Practice Makes Perfect- Hungarian cuisine is more than 1000 years old!cardinal-slice
It has incredible depth and richness starting with the Magyars themselves, the inventors of gulyás. It includes flavors and methods from Ottomans, French, Italians, and Austrians! Any food tradition that’s persisted and evolved for 1,000 years is worth knowing about.

3. We’re Connecting with Our Hungarian Customers
Food can be an incredibly positive community builder. Many of our guests are now telling us about their Hungarian ancestry and bringing family members and friends to our shop (or to learn in our BAKE! classes) so that they can enjoy a taste of home. We love making food, but it is even more meaningful when it brings so much joy, appreciation and connection.

4. It Connects Us with Zingerman’s Jewish RootsFlodni
Studying Hungarian food has helped us learn even more about Ashkenazi Jewish cooking. Many Jewish dishes are fully integrated and regularly served in the daily Hungarian repertoire and the largest Jewish community in Eastern Europe is thriving (and cooking) in Budapest today.

5. It’s Abundant and Full of Variety
There is a seemingly endless number of great pastries, cakes, breads and soups for us to explore. It will take us years to really learn this cuisine and fully share it with you.

6. We Enjoy EducatingBh-Kalacs-Final
We’re very excited to introduce Hungarian foods to a new audience. Many of us know nothing about Hungary, let alone its cuisine.

7. Hungarian Words are Fun
We delight in learning to say and spell them. Rétes! Krémes! Rigó Jancsi! Stop in and ask for help with the pronunciations and a taste of delicious Hungarian foods!

See you soon!