This book is an adventure; a gastro-adventure in the forest, with the treasure at the end consisting of its 55 mouth-watering recipes.
The adventure begins with frying pans and pots, and with the sizzle from simmering, frying, baking and stirring the dishes we are now serving up to the reader – with a side dish of hand-selected quotes from the works of 20th-century hunter Zsigmond Széchenyi.
This book, however, is not for those who simply hunt for the sake of it. Following in the footsteps of Széchenyi, we have gathered all the ingredients that Hungarian forests boast: game, wild fowl, water fowl, mushrooms, herbs, and lake and river fish, along with delicacies provided by meadows and even kitchen gardens.
We hope that our little forest adventure will arouse your interest in eating game and striding through the woods. We have even included recipes for some of our favourite desserts as a reward after the hike. We’d like to finish this foreword with a quote from Szécheny’s book, As it started..,because it is so fitting that it still comes to the minds of hunters, hikers and nature enthusiasts: “Hunting, of course, is chasing game and listening to rustling leaves, but definitely more of the rustling leaves.” This is how our gastro-adventure became sizzling amid rustling leaves, but as the nature of cooking dictates: definitely more sizzling.