Meeting with a Polish journalist and historian, the author of the book " Café Museum", will be moderated by Balázs Lévai

Wednesday 14 November 2012, 7:00 pm

Cafe Central

1053 Budapest, Károlyi Mihály u. 9.

Book presentation


Robert Makłowicz: Café Museum

Autobiography/essay. Európa Könyvkiadó 2012.

Ford: Kertész Noémi


Robert Makłowicz (b. 1963, Kraków), journalist, writer, culinary critic and traveller. For a decated hosted a TV programme about culinary voyages. An expert on Central European cuisine. Author of seven culinary and cook books.

So I am a Greek and a Chinese, who would mind? Although Polish is my mother tongue, what I like the most is being surrounded by other tongues as well. I am glad to see the shrines of different religions in one place, and even more so when all of them are open. Crossing borders has been my favourite pastime since I was a child, and the thought of them existing at all a most frequent curse. Once I could decide on my own where I wanted to be, and it became possible to cross borders, I used to travel without a destination, only to hear a different language, eat a different type of soup, try some different alcohol, explore a different countryside. To see my reflection in a different mirror. This is necessary, since mirrors can lie, so if you only examine yourself in one your whole life, it might be that you do not really know what you look like.

Robert Makłowicz

When I was reading this book, a constant feeling of hunger accompanied me; physical hunger caused by the incredible descriptions of food, but alos a hunger for knowledge about the world which Makłowicz so vividly describes. I wanted to devour all those dishes, described with such love and connoisseurship, then drink everything accompanying those dishes, and even more – to jump in my car and drive to all those places Makłowicz enumerates in his book.  But this is not a cook book nor a travelogue, this is a book about nations, communities and their cultures. True, Café Museum is about craving/hunger and thirst, but above all it is a journey to the mysteriuos land of Mitteleuropa, more complex and extraordinary than all the lands ever imagined. And one where we, Central Europeans, originate. Because, in fact, true Poles, Slovaks or Hungarians do not exist – not to mention the Austrians. There are only true Central Europeans. Like Robert Makłowicz.

Krzysztof Varga