Spoonfuls of Germany

More than food and recipes

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Eight years after my cookbook Spoonfuls of Germany was first published by Hippocrene Books in New York, it was time for a fresh look. Not only because more ingredients used in German cooking have become more widely available in the United States but also because more regional recipes have been discovered in Germany – the locavore movement, although in German it lacks a crisp word like in English, is gaining stronghold, and with it, more and more handed-down recipes are resurfacing.

As I was starting to work on revisions and additional recipes for Spoonfuls of Germany, I realized I have more stories I want to write down than would fit in the book. “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are,” this famous quote by Anthelme Brillat-Savarin says it all. Food mirrors civilization, culture, mentality, and so much more. This blog is where I will record my musings about German food and Germany, seasoned with a recipe every now and then.

I am not new to the blogosphere. For the past two years I have written about my ups and downs, pleasures and failures in gardening for food in My Gardeners Table. This blog is different, more personal. As a half-and-half (German mother, Tunisian father) I often did not feel integrated and at home in Germany. For the past 15 years, I have lived in the United States. I became an American citizen, I have an American husband and American children. But I know I will always remain very German in my views, values, and mentality. And, as much as I love my life here and do not regret having made the move over the big pond, I do miss Germany, the language, the culture, and, of course, the food.

I hope you will join me for a look into German food, culture, and beyond.

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5 thoughts on “More than food and recipes

  1. Nadia – We can’t wait to see the updated book, with more stories and more of your wonderfully precise recipes that work every time. — Grace

  2. The viewing of history through this personal and sensitive lens , combined with manageable, friendly recipes and great cooking tips, makes for engaging reading. Thanks Nadia . I look forward to seeing more. Paula

  3. Hi!!

    I’ve been living in Berlin for almost three months now. I’m really interested in food, but there is so much international food here that I’ve kind of forgotten to try German food. I did go to a restaurant with a friend where we got served Bratwurst and Sauerkraut. Not really my thing to be honest, but still there must be so much more. What kind of food would you recommend that you try while being in Berlin. I also tried the Schnitzel and that is of course nice, but I want to find something more genuine – if you know what I mean 🙂

    • @Josefine: I know exactly what you mean! Unfortunately sauerkraut and sausage still dominate the concept of German food, in Germany and abroad. And while there are lots of wonderful dishes to be discovered (my cookbook is full of them), and home cooks are rediscovering grandma’s old recipes, it is difficult to find a restaurant where these dishes are served, unless the chef has made it his mission to bring back traditional dishes. If you have access to a kitchen, I suggest you pick up a cookbook and start exploring the local markets. Not an ideal time as the growing season is over but you will still find some good stuff. I have not visited Berlin in a long time so I cannot make any suggestions but I know of a blogger in Berlin who seems to be well-versed in locavore eating, check out her blog http://erinnerungsengramme.wordpress.com/ The blog is in German but she is fully fluent in English and might be able to point you in the right direction.

      • Hi Nadia!!

        Thanks a lot for your reply. I actually get the feeling that what is served as “typical German food” at restaurant, is a bit like the food we in Sweden would call “typical Swedish food” just that it is a bit more heavy here.

        Some people really likes it, but most people think that it is too heavy and most of the times it is also food that we (in Sweden) ate like 20-30 years ago.

        Thanks for the blog – I will definitely have a look!

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