I have over 100 cookbooks and books about food. A handful of them focus on the German cuisine, and of those, there are three in particular I’d recommend:
Culinaria Germany: A Celebration of Food and Tradition by Christine Metzger and Ruprecht Stempell (Ullmann Publishing, 2008). Available in both English and German and organised by region, this is an excellent tome of classic German recipes and their origins for the German food enthusiast.
Küchenschätze: Rezepte für die Seele by Anne-Katrin Weber and Sabine Schlimm, (GU Themenkochbuch, Graefe und Unzer Verlag, 2010). A personal collection of the author’s most-loved childhood treats; the recipes are simple, reliable and very, very good. In German.
Beyond Bratwurst: A History of Food in Germany by Ursula Heinzelmann (Redaktion, 2014). Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of German food. (Pictured above.)
Of my remaining, non-German cookbooks, it’s impossible for me to choose a top three: I am constantly re-reading them and picking out recipes that haven’t previously appealed, and my preferences change with both the seasons and my mood. The books I cook from the most and that have influenced me most greatly in the kitchen are by Nigel Slater, Yotam Ottolenghi, Diana Henry, Claudia Roden and Madhur Jaffrey.
I read the weekly food and recipe columns of various newspapers from around the globe, a round-up of many of which is published weekly by the excellent online food journal, Rocket & Squash. I also love reading the restaurant reviews of The New York Times’ Hungry City, The Guardian’s Jay Rayner and Marina O’Loughlin as well as London-based Cheese and Biscuits. I also keep regular tabs – mostly via Bloglovin – on a very large number of blogs and websites. Here are some of my English-language favourites…
Honest, sustainable, seasonal eating
✭ Slow Food International: an incredible global movement focusing on the preservation of local food cultures and traditions and ensuring that everyone on the planet has access to good, fairly-produced food (there’s a local German site, too)
✭ Deutsches Obst und Gemüse: an initiative from the BVEO, the German national association of fruit and vegetable producers, which features an excellent seasonal calendar (in German, but with pictures)
✭ Fish Online: easy-to-use buyer’s guide to sustainable fish
✭ My Custard Pie: a Brit based in the UAE, Sally Prosser writes about food, wine and travel. Wonderful.
✭ Seasons & Suppers: simple, seasonal recipes from a Canadian home cook and photographer
✭ Cannelle et Vanille: heavenly gluten-free recipes, photographed beautifully by a Basque expat in the US.
German food and drink
✭ Ginger & Bread: a German living in England who makes the most fabulous-looking, traditional German food and writes beautifully about it, too. Ginger has shared some of her own recipes on A Sausage Has Two
✭ Spoonfuls of Germany: US-based Nadia Hassani writes wonderful stories about the history of her favourite German recipes and has also published a cookbook of regional recipes of the same name
✭ Berlin – What’s Cooking?: Bavarian Julia spent 10 years living in London, where she ran a pop-up German café in an old pie shop, and now has a deli and communal cooking space in Berlin. On her blog, she shares traditional German recipes as made by her friends
✭ The Wine Rambler: Thorsten and Julian, one based in London and the other in Munich, write mostly, though not exclusively, about German wine in a way in which even the most amateurish of German wine drinkers (me) can understand
✭ Liz and Jewels: a graphic designer based in Germany and a US-based German photographer share recipes for dishes created on both sides of the ocean
✭ My Dinner: London-based half German, half Filipino Marita shares traditional German dishes from her childhood – plus Lebanese recipes, too (her husband’s half Lebanese, half English)
✭ Baking my Way through Germany: Katie moved from the US to complete an apprenticeship as a pastry chef in Germany; she blogged about her experience, including recipes for traditional German cakes and pastries as she learned them, and continues to share her journey as a qualified pastry chef working in Bremen.
Germany-based blogs featuring restaurant and/or product recommendations
At the Table: food conversations from Berlin and beyond
Food with a View: Berlin food and photography (restaurants, recipes, events)
Leather & Abel: as of 2015 they’re back in the UK, but Vanessa and Jason did plenty of eating out whilst they lived in Berlin
The Migrant Expats: they’re now travelling the world, but Derek and Marc have lots of German travel and food tips from their time in Hamburg (up until 2015)
Sole Satisfaction: gluten-free Berlin eating, recipes and style
Slow Travel Berlin: walking tours, listings and things to do, featuring up-to-date food and drink news
Stil in Berlin: Berlin-based food and shopping
The Wednesday Chef: well known Berlin-based cookbook author Luisa Weiss, currently working on a book on German baking
Überlin: Berlin arts, culture, food and drink and much, much more
Charlotte Steggz: Charlotte repatriated to the UK in 2014 but has lots of Frankfurt food-related articles in her archives
Chronicles of Yoyo: Frankfurt restaurants and parenting tips
Leap: Mainz food and travel
Relokate: British writer Kate returned to the UK in 2015, but has a selection of Frankfurt restaurant reviews on her site
Yum and More: American Karin has been living in Germany for more than 30 years; here she shares food and travel tips for Frankfurt (amongst much more)
A Bavarian Sojourn: Munich restaurants, recipes and travel
Arts in Munich: Munich weekly event listings, restaurant and hotel reviews and much more
Delicious Days: Munich-based food blog that includes the odd German recipe
Kaffee und Kuchen: Canadian Meredith on food and travel around Stuttgart and further afield
Traveling Hopefully: an excellent food blog, reviewing restaurants in and around Stuttgart and beyond
Click Clack Gorilla: once in Mainz, currently in Frankfurt, Nicolette Stewart writes brilliantly about her life in Germany on everything from veganism to tiny house living
Deutsche, Bitte: Berlin vegan restaurants, sights and travel
Land of Candy Canes: books, veganism and more
Seitan is my motor: beautiful vegan recipes with a focus on baking
The Vegan Hausfrau: an ethical vegan based in Cologne, focusing on hearty, traditional food on a budget