Book Reviews

The German Cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck- My Review

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The German Cookbook Recently the people at Phaidon Publishing asked me to take a look at The German Cookbook… and wow, I’m impressed. Alfons Schubeck’s collection of over 500 authentic German recipes brings together all the different regional dishes in one (heavy) comprehensive book. You won’t just find the standard Rouladen, Sauerbraten, Schnitzel Recipes that […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

Who are Max and Moritz? Behind Wilhelm Busch’s Bad Boy Stories

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In the end, two boys are ground up by the Miller in the giant flour mill, and then eaten by ducks. Sounds like the latest horror film to come out of Hollywood doesn’t it? But this is the ending of Wilhelm Busch’s “Max und Moritz: Eine Bubgeschichte in sieben Streichen” (“Max and Moritz : A […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson- My Review

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“In the Garden of Beasts” refers to the Tiergarten in Berlin (which translates to Animal Park or Beast Garden).  Much of the book takes place around this beautiful park,  once the hunting ground for the Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm, the Grosse. In the 1930s, the Reichstag, the US Embassy, the Brandenburg Gate and Görings “city house” […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

What is a Duden? It is MORE than Just a German Dictionary!

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Duden 01 – Die deutsche Rechtschreibung What is a Duden? Is it just a wordbook? A dictionary? A sort of Encyclopedia? A bit of a grammar guide? In truth, it’s all of those things. The German Duden or Vollständiges Orthographisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache (Complete Orthographical Dictionary of the German Language) by Konrad Duden is the gold […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

Biergarten Cookbook Traditional Bavarian Recipes with a Modern Twist

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Biergarten Cookbook Visit any Bavarian Biergarten  during the Summer, and you will see people enjoying the mild weather with a Maß of beer and food. But this isn’t an ordinary picnic… you won’t find plain old ham sandwiches and potato chips… Out of baskets and coolers come fresh Salads, grilled Sausages, a variety of dips, […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

The House By the Lake by Thomas Harding- History that Reads like a Novel!

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  The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding: One House, Five Families, and a Hundred Years of German History Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time reading books I would have avoided a few years ago… books about Germany in the 20th century. The emotional toll was just too high. But, despite my […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream