- from the Waterloo Regional Record (K-W Record)
By Jon Fear, Record staff
Hungarian dishes will delight
by Helen M. Radics (203 pages, $25. softcover)
Helen M. Radics of Waterloo has been cooking since
she was a girl in her native Hungary.
She credits that country's spicy dishes, rich stews and sauces, hearty soups and mesmerizing deserts for influencing her food tastes. And she credits her family for the zeal she shows in the kitchen.
Her father, she writes in the introduction to this simple but lovingly prepared cookbook, instilled in her the pleasure of achievement. His mother and her own mother are responsible for her love of cooking. And her husband and daughter, she adds, share her passion for food.
Her mother was "lovingly instructive, but extremely strict" about cooking.
"I always had to be very careful of the way I chopped onion. It had to be as tiny as mini pearls and equal in size. I have perfected chopping onions and other vegetable early on.
Radics's book includes dozens of recipes for appetizers, soups, main dishes and side dishes, plus breads, biscuits and deserts, including two recipes for chocolate truffles.
The traditional Hungarian dishes are all here, but the author is quick to credit influences from other countries. She loves to cook with smoked red paprika, for example.
"It is not Hungarian, but adds a wonderful character to your dishes. Especially my cabbage rolls."
Radics says she usually cooks with extra
virgin olive oil and grape seed oil and finishes
pasta and meat dishes with chipotle olive oil,
basil oil or truffle oil.
"I like to use Greek extra virgin olive oil on
salads because of its crisp, clean fruity flavor."
She notes that she prefers not to cook with
lard, even though it's still used in many Hungarian households.
Two pages are devote to Hungarian wines.
And the book has many color photographs.
You can buy this book by contacting the author by phone at 519-208-9434, or by email at email@example.com .
Or you can purchase the book online through the author's website (with a discount) at
- John Fear