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Good, basic, authentic recipes.
on December 1, 2005
I own just about every German cookbook I can get my hands on, including a couple of them written in German. Spoonfuls of Germany has become among my favorites.
First of all, the 170 recipes really do reflect the cuisine from all over the country. (In the U.S., most of our knowledge of German food is Bavarian; my theory is that it's because most American servicemen were stationed in the southeast.) The author breaks down her regions into northern lights; eastern roots; western crossroads; and southern peaks. This sometimes is a little confusing (where would you look for recipes from the Rhine?), and it means you have to look in four places if you're in search of, say, salads, but it works out okay.
What makes it all worthwhile is that these recipes are _good_. They're simple enough for you to make for a weeknight dinner, too. Plus, they're decidedly German: her recipe for Rote Grütze (red berry pudding) tasted exactly the way I remembered from my travels. These are all very comfortable on an American table, however; her beet salad with horseradish vinaigrette got rave reviews on my Thanksgiving table. No leftovers whatsoever.
While you'll find recipes for all the traditional heavy German dishes, such as saurbraten or stuffed potato dumplings, you'll also learn that a lot of German food is delicate -- you won't always need a nap after lunch. From shrimp soup with white asparagus to sauteed sole with remoulade, you'll find something delicious to try for dinner.
Great book. Recommended.