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 in my company.
As a committed locavore who believes that nothing tastes as good as fresh, local food, I also write a monthly blog column for Fig Bethlehem.
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.
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