Award-winning freelance food and travel writer Christie Dietz was born in London, has lived and travelled all around the world but now Rheinhessen her home. Christie moved to Germany with her German husband in 2010 and spent 9 years living in the beautiful spa town of Wiesbaden before buying an old farmhouse and relocating to a charming wine village with her family in the summer of 2020. (For those of you who notice the maths doesn’t quite add up: she also spent one year living in Washington, DC, from 2016-17.)
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About Christie Dietz
I love food and travel and films and books. I’m an adventurous cook and an impatient baker and prefer savoury dishes to sweet, but am helpless in the face of an apple crumble. I am at my most content reading recipe books in the bath, going to my local farmers’ market on a Saturday morning and then spending the rest of the weekend cooking for family and friends. I am passionate about German wine, but also partial to a local Apfelwein (apple wine), a fiery schnapps or come summer, a rhubarb spritzer.
Since moving to Germany, I’ve embraced a diet that largely comprises locally-produced, seasonal food. With bountiful fresh produce markets in almost every city and large town, Germans make it very easy to eat this way and happily so, for fruit and veg taste much better when they’ve been plucked off a tree or dug out of the ground a couple of kilometres down the road instead of shipped, unripe, across oceans. I’m not saying I never pick up a pomegranate or feed my children French fries from the freezer, but the majority of the fresh ingredients I prepare have been grown in the region in which I live, or haven’t travelled much further than that to get to my plate. At home, we eat a largely vegetarian diet, but I do eat meat, fish and eggs, just not an awful lot of any of them – and I do my best to buy them only from sources I know and trust.
About A Sausage Has Two
The name of this site comes from a German song lyric and subsequent saying that translates as “Everything has an end, only the sausage has two”. A Sausage Has Two is a blog all about the food and drink of my adopted home, fuelled by my passion for a traditional and fiercely regional cuisine that is broadly dismissed as being nothing but beer and Bratwurst. Yes, there are plenty of enormous, hearty German dishes comprising boiled potatoes and vast slabs of meat, but there are very many little-known regional specialties besides that use fresh, seasonal ingredients. Such dishes follow recipes that have been handed down through the generations and vary from home to home, village to village and state to state. I love that, and I’m doing my best to explore – and share – it all.
Christie Dietz Elsewhere
I fiddle about on all the usual social media channels, so if you like photos of food, wine and German landscapes and/or are interested in sporadic rambling commentary on my life here in German wine country, please come and say hello on Twitter or Instagram. A Sausage Has Two also has its own Facebook page full of enthusiastic and engaged German food-lovers (EDIT 2021: I don’t really use Facebook anymore and haven’t posted on the page for a very long while, but I’ve not quite been able to bring myself to delete it). If you manage your blog reading with Bloglovin (which I recommend), you’ll find me on there, too.
I love to write, mostly about food, drink and travel. I’m a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller Food magazine, and have updated chapters in two editions of Fodor’s Germany Travel Guide. I’ve also written for Food and Travel magazine, The Spruce Eats, Guardian, Time Out, EATEN, the in-flight magazines of Canada Air and Singapore Airlines, and contributed to Europe’s Best Bakeries by Sarah Guy (September Publishing, 2019). I also had my 4-days-post-partum face featured all over the German press. I’m International Coordinator for the UK’s Guild of Food Writers, a 2019 IACP award winner for Culinary Travel Writing, and in 2016, I was also shortlisted for the YBF award for new voices in food writing. You can find a list of some of the various online (and offline) contributions I’ve made on my Freelance Work page.
So there we have it. That’s A Sausage Has Two. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by – and guten Appetit!
P.s. All of the content on this website – words and images – is my own, original content unless otherwise stated. If you’d like to use any of it, please get in touch. You can read my disclosure policy on my Sponsored Content & Affiliate Links page.