44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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A short vignette by Hungarian novelist and Social Realist Móricz Zsigmond (1879–1942) whose writings expressed the lives of the Hungarian peasantry and dealt with issues of poverty. This story is about meals he ate with three village families of varying economic status, and three different approaches to food dictated naturally by economic conditions. The richest family maintained the ‘French kitchen’. The middle level family ate traditional Hungarian food and plenty of it. The poor family with a lot of children ate boiled corn and poorly baked homemade bread. First published in Magyar Hírnök March 1936/republished by Athenaeum Kiadó, 2017.