Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple
I’m rather proud of my first book!
Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple
Easy German Cookbook was a labor of love. But sharing German culture and food is what I do online, so this book seemed like the next logical step. Between the covers you’ll find 80 pages of food memories. Foods that we ate at home, foods we ate at festivals, foods for special occasions. Foods that nourish and remind us how much we are cared for. And of course, since it’s me, the book also has some food history explaining why Germans eat what they do. For far too long, the world dismissed German foods as being heavy, just meat and potatoes… but I set out to prove that Germany contributed more to the culinary scene than pork and pretzels (although, you will find those recipes in the book too).
I get emails and messages all the time saying “my Oma made this dish, but didn’t write down the recipe”. Just like you, so many of our family recipes didn’t have proper measurements… Oma and Mamas used the “little of this” and “some of that” method of adding delicious flavors to our favorite dishes. I spent a lot of time testing and taking careful notes to insure that Oma’s “ein Bischen” could be replicated (it’s approximately 1/2 tablespoon btw). Along with measurements, I worked on ways to make the recipes TASTE right, while still using ingredients sourced from supermarkets in the United States as much as possible.
For me, sharing recipes from all over Germany was essential. Different corners of Germany specialize in different dishes. My family is in Nordrhine-Westfalen, my mother came from Silesia, my Oma was born in the North, and my godmother comes from the South. All of those influences ended up on our dinner table, so I made sure that all of the areas were represented. (I even put in 2 different recipes for Potato Salad to avoid problems between north and south). You’ll find the familiar Rouladen, Sauerbraten, Kartoffelklöße and Kartoffelpuffer, but also the less familiar Labskaus, Herringsalat, and Westfalisches Krüstchen. You’ll also find all the recipes you need to make traditional the Christmas and Easter meals we love.
To help you find your favorites, the recipes show up with their English AND German names. And did I mention that the emphasis was on EASY? My editor (who had no real experience with German cooking) and I broke the recipes down to the basics. He pointed out that while some techniques may seem obvious to some, they weren’t to others. In the end, a beginner without much experience should have no problem recreating the dishes. I’m hoping you will discover that homemade Spätzle is as easy as opening a package, and that making Rotkohl from scratch is cheaper and more delicious than opening a jar. I also added special cooking tips, and even a few variations to change things up.
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Check out some of the reviews-
“I gave this cookbook to my mother for Christmas, and she absolutely loved it! Just reading through it gave her fond memories of her grandmother’s cooking. She’s already tried some of the recipes and told me she likes how simple they are, and that the ingredients are things easily found in any grocery store.”- Gregory
“As ever so often, the way to a (wo)man’s heart is through their stomach. Yet, not everybody knows how to relive German culinary experiences for lack of recipe sources. This can be helped now with Karen Lodder’s brand-new, beautifully made cookbook, an excellent gift for anybody with a craving for German cuisine.
“Easy German Cookbook” by author Karen Lodder features 80 typical German recipes from all over the nation, sorted by ingredients but also by the size and type of meal. Therefore, you find a section each about breakfast, appetizers and sides, or desserts as well as sections about pork, beef, or seafood. What’s especially attractive for Americans is that Karen uses U.S. measures and has quite a few kitchen hacks where the typical German ingredient is not at hand. As a native German, I was absolutely happy to find that Karen Lodder’s recipes are sometimes absolutely identical to the way I myself cook. Yet, there are also recipes I’ve never made before and that I’m absolutely keen to try.
Each recipe tells you the number of servings, the prepping time and the cooking time. And the short introductive texts that explain each dish or tell you a little about the author’s connections to it make the book a very enjoyable reading experience. Add a little culinary geography and Karen’s personal story – she was born to German parents shortly after they immigrated to the U.S. – and it feels as if you were having a kitchen chat with a good friend.“- Susanne
“Finally a book that includes my kind of staples like Labskaus, Heringssalat and Senfeier! Not all German food starts with Schwein and ends with Sauerkraut. The recipes in this book present a great variety of regional specialties with easy to follow directions. I made the “Plum cake with Streusel” already and it turned out great. My college son will receive a copy for Christmas, so he can make things he knows from his grandma’s Lübeck kitchen for his friends.“- Kerstin
“I absolutely love this cookbook. Bought this for myself. I was born and raised in Germany but struggle here buying some of the things I need to make a meal.
This book has everything you need here and everything is so easy. Absolutely love this book. I went and bought 2 more for my kids they will love this since it’s all in English. Also so many Main German dishes. To the author Karen Lodder Thank you for making German cooking easier.” -Steven
Thanks to all of you who made the Easy German Cookbook possible. The cheerleaders who reminded me that I could do this… and the tasters who got to try it “just one more time” to insure I got it right. And thanks to all of you. Guten Appetit!