Little did I imagine in 1998 when I emigrated from Germany to the United States that one day I would be writing about German cuisine. Ever since my teens I liked to cook. But until I settled in America, German food – except for a few cherished baking recipes handed down from my grandmother – was for me, like for so many other cooks, a blank spot on my culinary map.
All that changed when George Blagowidow, the publisher of Hippocrene Books, asked me to write a German regional cookbook. That effort became Spoonfuls of Germany, first published in 2004, re-released nine years later as an expanded and updated edition, and now available as an ebook. While working on the new edition I realized that there were still many more German recipes to discover and stories to tell so I started this blog.
In addition to opening my eyes to German cuisine, my book Spoonfuls of Germany did something else: it infected me with the gardening bug. There were certain fruits I could not find, such as red currants, black currants, gooseberries and elderberries for the jams, jellies and pies found in many German recipes. Out of necessity, I started growing my own.
When I am not exploring the diverse cuisine of my native Germany, or tending to my garden (and writing about it on my other blog, Green Card Gardener), I work as a copywriter, translator and editor.
I am lucky enough to have a husband photographer who shoots what I cook and bake for Spoonfuls of Germany before we sit down and happily eat it together, and with our two grown children when they are home.
You can contact me here
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March 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm
Hi there! I’ve nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award! Take a look at the rules and learn more about it here:http://venivixiamavi.wordpress.com/the-liebster-blog/
I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog and can’t wait to try out some of these recipes. Keep it up!
March 31, 2013 at 11:54 am
Thank you, much appreciated!
April 29, 2013 at 5:58 am
Hey!!!! I’m awarding you with the Versatile Blogger award! You can check it out on my page 🙂 Congrats!!!
September 4, 2015 at 9:44 pm
I will by your cook book someday. I love collecting cook books. I am from bamberg, but live in massachusetts
October 26, 2015 at 4:49 pm
So very happy to have found this blog! I have been translating my own German recipes for a while and I am really happy to find a blog that will put some of those recipes in conext. I will definitely bookmark this blog and return for your wonderful stories!
March 31, 2016 at 8:15 am
Hello Nadia, I have a German cookbook that I only became fascinated with recently. It belonged to my mother who loved going to Luchow’s restaurant in New York in the 1950’s. I posted the picture of the cookbook and the restaurant on my food blog. Do you know of the story of Luchow’s restaurant? It was very popular in New York. Here’s the page: https://thewisershopper.wordpress.com/we-love-world-foods/
April 3, 2016 at 9:52 am
Hi,I don’t know much about Luchow’s and have never seen the cookbook, I will watch out for a copy, sounds like it is something I should add to my collection. Thanks for sharing your post. You really are descenced from a family of early foodies!