I literally have spent my adult life looking for this book! I want to write a thank you note and in some way express my gratitude to Baba Schwartz for her important contribution to preserving the Hungarian baking tradition. For some reason this book does not pop up on Amazon searches for "baking" "Hungarian baking" "Pastry" and also is not something that shows up in my recommendations while every other cookbook imaginable does. I want to notify the world. This book should be known and reviewed. I want to run an add in the gourmet magazines.
I have tried and so had my mother to duplicate my grandmother's baking. I have searched and tested and imitated but nothing was correct until "The Lost Art of Baking with Yeast: Delicious Hungarian Cakes and Pastries."Since this doesn't have a search the book feature let me give you a brief table of contents:There are 14 pages about Ingredients and Equipment followed by a thoughtful section on the Principles of Working with Yeast. Even if you are a professional this is interesting reading due to subtle differences in techniques.
Next a section: "Delicious Light Dough Cakes":That is where I found my grandmother's Challah (Kalacs), Sweet Challah, Ooga Filled rolls, Kugelhopfs,dumpling cake and the variation of fillings.Followed by cheese cakes, Kindli, Pogacsa, and other truly Hungarian versions of familiar items but now presented by Baba Schwartz in the authentic way. The final section includes the savory buns and crackers: Paprika Buns, Onion Rolls, Bagels, Potato Brioches and more. And of course there is sour cream everywhere and also potatoes and other Hungarian additions.These are the hard to find recipes that have been published in Americanized versions that really do not produce the authentic baked items but only strangely lacking imitations.
The book is also beautifully presented. And I cannot over-emphasize this. All aspects of it are produced with attention to the artistic value of the book itself--the photographs, type, cover, graphics make this book a beautiful as well as informative addition to any cooks library.
If you are interested in Jewish Hungarian Baking (and I am) this is the only book I have ever found that lets you recreate in your kitchen those mysteriously wonderful traditional recipes.
Thank you Baba Schwartz! I so appreciate your work of love.