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Food Wine Budapest
Little Bookroom, 2008

The Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary: With Budapest Restaurants and Trips to the Wine Country
Park Kiadó, 2008

The only culinary guidebooks devoted solely to Hungarian food, wine, and restaurants, Food Wine Budapest and The Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary: With Budapest Restaurants and Trips to the Wine Country are the ultimate companions for anyone seeking to experience Budapest (and Hungary) the best way: by tasting its food and exploring its eating and drinking scene.

Beginning with sections on the history of Hungarian cuisine and descriptions of Hungarian staples and specialties, the book also includes everything from tips on dining etiquette and service to background on the wine regions and drinks such as pálinka and Unicum. The heart of the book is the hundreds of thoughtful reviews of restaurants, cafés, patisseries, bars, open-air markets, specialty food shops, and wine shops. The book ends with English and Hungarian glossaries with more than 1,000 entries.

Exploring Hungary’s cuisine is one of the best routes into the country’s culture. But despite its variety, Hungarian cuisine remains under-appreciated and unknown outside of the region. These books will help you dig in and discover the best of Hungarian food and wine, whether you have a few days to spend in Budapest (or a few years) or you are just traveling by armchair.


Food Wine Budapest was a finalist for an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award in 2009.

The Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary: With Budapest Restaurants and Trips to the Wine Country won in the Hungary category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2008, making it to the second tier of judging.


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The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2015
Carolyn contributed to this reference book by writing the sections on Dobos torta and the history of sweets in Budapest.

The Hungarian Cookbook by Tamás Bereznay
Publisher: Book Kiadó, 2012
Carolyn wrote the introduction to this English-language Hungarian cookbook, written by a chef, and also consulted on the text.

From Budapest to Bergen-Belsen: A Notebook from 1944
Publisher: Zsolt Zágoni, 2012
Carolyn edited the English-language translation of this recently discovered notebook, written by a Holocaust survivor, and the accompanying essays. The notebook documents the author’s escape from Budapest.

Budapest: A Critical Guide by András Török
Publisher: Park Kiadó, 2011 (7th edition)
Carolyn edited and consulted with the author on the latest edition of this classic guidebook. This edition was completely revised, lengthened, and re-structured.

Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia
Publisher: Greenwood, 2011
Carolyn wrote the Hungary chapter for this comprehensive reference work which introduces food culture from more than 150 countries and cultures around the world.

Bradt: Hungary
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides, 2005 (1st edition)
Carolyn contributed the sections on several villages and towns.

Budapest & The Best of Hungary
Publisher: Frommer’s, 2006 (6th edition)
Carolyn contributed various restaurant review, hotel reviews, and sightseeing write-ups to the Budapest chapters.

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Condé Nast Traveler (US edition) calls Food Wine Budapest “the indispensable guide” to Budapest

Condé Nast Traveller (UK edition) calls The Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary “incomparable”

“It is, quite simply, the best guide available today to the culinary renaissance of the city and region in the post-communist era. Bánfalvi profiles some of the best restaurants and wine bars in Budapest, but also includes cafés, pastry shops, specialty food shops and markets, as well as the traditions behind their offerings. Helpfully, she includes extensive translations for the names of wines, foods and cooking methods as well. This is the first book in a new series called Terroir Guides, which promises to explore cities or regions, focusing on the way local influences are reflected in food and wine. The Budapest guide sets a high standard for those that follow.”The Globe and Mail PDF

“The food scene in Budapest has burgeoned really only in the last three years, and Carolyn Banfalvi lovingly chronicles the full extent of it, from a culinary history and guide to modern winemaking (which has made tremendous strides) to both the traditional and trendy new restaurants that now dot this marvelous old city.” — John Mariani

“The Terroir Guides ably examine the interplay between markets, local food artisans, winemakers, and chefs on a town-by-town basis, taking the reader from field to plate and making a great companion for any food-obsessed tourist.”Sherman’s Travel PDF

“Food Wine Budapest, by Carolyn Bánfalvi with photographs by George Konkoly-Thege, which is part of The Little Book Room’s The Terroir Guides series, will make any gastro-tourist salivate. This latter guide took me wistfully back to Budapest where having this book would have made a tremendous difference in our experience of that beautiful city.” — Craig Camp

“You can easily kill a week in Budapest, but until now, good food guides written in English about the area were scarce. Carolyn Bánfalvi’s new book, Food Wine Budapest, is part of the beautiful “Terroir Guides” series, and fills the gap nicely.”

From a review in Hungarian magazine, Gusto: “This book gives us absolute insider tips for new places to discover.” (in Hungarian)

“Don’t go to Budapest without carrying along a copy of Carolyn Banfalvi’s Food Wine Budapest, the best culinary companion you can have (except someone else to pick up the check). Banfalvi’s book is the most comprehensive and authoritative English-language guide for people who want to discover the delights of this capital city’s excellent cuisine.”Sally’s Place

“Thank goodness someone has finally done it. Hungarians are so passionate about their food and wine: tourists and expats want to be passionate about Hungarian food and wine. But with so much choice and temptation, it’s hard to know where to start. Carolyn Bánfalvi is a journalist, culinary school graduate and a gastro-angel; her sizeable book The Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary is an intelligent, detailed and honest culinary guide to Hungary… I guarantee that you won’t book a meal out without consulting it first.”Funzine PDF

“I have a great appreciation for Bánfalvi’s approach to exploring the culinary traditions of Hungary. It is evident that she is passionate and deeply serious about Hungarian food and wine. As a guide to Hungarian gastronomy, the book is the first of its kind and I can recommend it to repeat offenders and first time visitors alike. Food Wine Budapest will help you find a culinary experience to remember when visiting the city.”

The Hungarian National Institute of Higher Education named The Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary as one of the four most interesting English language books about Hungary: “This book is indispensable for a gastronomic tour in Budapest.”

“This insightful guide features extensive information about restaurants, cafes, pastry shops, tea houses, wineries, markets, and various other food related establishments…  Whether you are looking to spend several months in Budapest or just passing through, this guide gives you everything you need to know to enjoy the best foods of this dynamic and affluent city.”

“Since the fall of Communism, Hungarian restaurants and food purveyors are rediscovering wine and food traditions from Tokaj wine to Mangalica pork. Bánfalvi is an excellent guide, encouraging, detail-oriented, and enthusiastic…Armed with her explanations of restaurant culture, neighborhood descriptions, and tips on buses and trams, you’ll be able to navigate between Buda and Pest, to find just the type of market, bakery, cafe, or restaurant you’re looking for”

The Budapester Zeitung reviews The Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary (in German)

“The book we have been waiting for…” (in Hungarian)
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“This guide was long over due”Blue Danube Wine Company

“This is the book about Hungarian cuisine and wine. Figure out what to buy at the piac (market), find out what grape varieties are unique to Hungary, discover the origins of paprika and so much more in the culinary dictionary, and savor (virtually, anyway) Hungarian sweets.” —

The Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary is the Bible for people who love Hungarian wine and foodDecanter (in Hungarian) PDF
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“Essential reading if you’re visiting the country this summer.”bthere! Magazine

Book review and coverage of book launch party — Le Pocast Journal (in French)

“This is not the first foreign-language book about Hungarian gastronomy, but it undoubtedly the most youthful and useful.”MTI (in Hungarian)

“Makes a great gift for your foreign-friends…”Figyelőnet (in Hungarian)
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Budapest Insider’s Guide

Explore Budapest the right way: like a local, rather than a tourist. This guide will lead you to some of the not-to-be-missed sights that any traveler should see. But more importantly, it focuses is on the harder-to find places that make life in Budapest so sweet for the locals. The Budapest Insider’s Guide features carefully curated entries that will ensure that you skip the tourist traps in favor of savoring the local’s favorite spots, such as:

  • The fantastic food markets,
  • The wine shops and bars where you can sample “bor” (wine) from the many up-and-coming Hungarian regions,
  • The dynamic restaurant scene, with both recommendations for both modern and traditional restaurants,
  • The cafés and bakeries which Hungarians can’t live without,
  • The quirky bars, occasionally located behind unmarked doors, including the Budapest phenomenon of “ruin bars,”
  • The tiny art galleries and ateliers,
  • The stunning architecture in styles from neo-Baroque to art nouveau,
  • The eclectic boutiques and design markets stocking one-off items made by young local designers,
  • The mineral-rich thermal bath houses, some of which date from the 16th century,
  • Theaters from the elegant Palace of Arts, to simple dive bars featuring spirited folk music and dance,
  • The numerous child-friendly activities (also fun for the adults!)

The Hungarian language is notoriously difficult, but don’t let that stop you from discovering Budapest beyond the “Top Ten” lists. For the price of an eszpresszó, The Budapest Insider’s Guide will help you explore the city’s energizing blend of Hapsburg-era elegance melded with modern creativity. It will lead you to all the right places, and not waste your time on the wrong ones.

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