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One of the perks of writing a food blog is the virtual contact you make with nice people. László lives hours away and we never met, but from time to time we exchange e mails about food, politics and religion; yes you can do that with likeminded people. László recently sent me three of his treasures, written by famous Hungarian chef Louis Szathmáry. Szathmáry has a handful of Hungarian recipes in the three volumes. As the chef owner of The Bakery, a Chicago restaurant that used to be of international standing, Szathmáry’s books are a goldmine of experience. Szathmáry earned a degree in psychology in Budapest, but then he spent his life cooking for diplomats, aristocrats and famous people in Europe and in North America.

A couple of years ago László sent me photocopies of Szathmáry’s newspaper column, so imagine my delight when he offered me three of his books! From cover to cover these books are jam packed with advice; these are not just recipes. Thank you László! 

What recipe to pick first, and then I thought what would be more unique than the Chef’s Salt? It is to be used instead of salt and I thought it would be a fitting tribute to a generous chef as well as to my foodie friend László. Here it goes, it’s quite simple really and I am eager to try it myself. I am packing it away in a wide mouth mason jar and will use a pinch from it occasionally. No doubt, Chef’s Salt will show up in future recipes. 

1 cup salt 
1 Tbsp Hungarian or Spanish paprika 
1 tsp ground black pepper 
1/4 tsp ground white pepper 
1/4 tsp celery salt 
1/4 tsp garlic salt 

Szathmáry warns: Be careful to use garlic salt and not garlic powder. If you use garlic powder a small pinch will be enough. 

 • Combine ingredients and use instead of salt.

Read more in the Chicago Culinary Museum's Chef's Hall of Fame: Tribute to Louis Szathmáry



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