The German Cookbook

Germany is made up of a series of distinct regional culinary cultures which varies according to the geography (mountains, farmland and waterways). From Hamburg on the north coast to Munich in the Alpine south, and from Frankfurt in the west to Berlin in the east, Germany's cities and farmland yield a remarkable variety of ingredients and influences. 

The German Cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck showcases this vast diversity with 500 recipes including both traditional and contemporary dishes representing the new direction of German cooking - from snacks to desserts, meat, poultry, and fish, to potatoes, dumplings, and noodles. An introduction showcasing the culinary cultural history of the country introduces the origins of the classic recipes. German cuisine has a reputation as fatty or plain but with influences from Italy and France both in spice and techniques, the culinary scene is expanding.

The recipes here have been tested in home kitchens, making them fully accessible to a wide range of cooking abilities. Icons indicate everything from vegetarian, gluten-, and dairy-free options to recipes with five ingredients or fewer and simple one-pot dishes.


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What I appreciate most about The German Cookbook is the aforementioned range of recipes from very approachable to more elaborate dishes. I love learning about international cuisines and especially with regard to their baking and dessert offerings which are brilliantly covered here. 

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Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Kristjudy  on  1/30/2019 at 5:36 PM

    Leek pie

  • lpatterson412  on  1/30/2019 at 5:49 PM

    Pigs in a blanket.

  • lauriesk  on  1/30/2019 at 5:53 PM

    Bavarian sausage salad

  • jmay42066  on  1/30/2019 at 5:54 PM

    Cheese-stuffed chicken

  • miggsy  on  1/30/2019 at 6:41 PM

    Bavarian breakfast sausages

  • Shelley.b  on  1/30/2019 at 7:22 PM

    Leek pie

  • ccav  on  1/30/2019 at 8:33 PM

    Potato and bacon waffles

  • Amkdye  on  1/30/2019 at 9:26 PM

    Bavarian soft pretzels

  • Puguppy  on  1/30/2019 at 9:29 PM

    Leek Pie

  • jezpurr  on  1/30/2019 at 11:30 PM

    Sunken gooseberry cake!!!^_^

  • riley  on  1/31/2019 at 12:02 AM

    Smoked trout spread

  • UccelloRosso  on  1/31/2019 at 12:32 AM

    Corned pork shoulder

  • AndreaMeyer  on  1/31/2019 at 5:42 AM

    Baumkuchen (tree cake) - one of my favourite things!

  • KarenGlad  on  1/31/2019 at 5:47 AM

    Bavarian soft pretzels

  • JRumi  on  1/31/2019 at 6:34 AM

    Weimar style potato soup

  • merkusje  on  1/31/2019 at 6:43 AM

    Pea and pork belly stew

  • vickster  on  1/31/2019 at 7:19 AM

    Bavarian soft pretzels

  • littleminxgirl  on  1/31/2019 at 8:10 AM

    Potato and bacon waffles Yum!

  • KLeverett  on  1/31/2019 at 9:25 AM

    Steak tartare

  • bcarpenter  on  1/31/2019 at 9:29 AM

    Clear oxtail soup. Maybe I'll speed it up in the Instant Pot!

  • joneshayley  on  1/31/2019 at 9:33 AM

    Steak tartare

  • dbielick  on  1/31/2019 at 11:24 AM

    Asparagus salad

  • happybread  on  1/31/2019 at 11:33 AM

    Grilled duck legs with Riesling sauce - yum!

  • twinreader  on  1/31/2019 at 11:39 AM

    Mutzenmandeln (mostly to be able to keep saying the name to people.)

  • MiMi60  on  1/31/2019 at 12:58 PM

    Potato soup with prawns

  • mistic  on  1/31/2019 at 1:40 PM

    ox tail soup

  • Lmocooks  on  1/31/2019 at 3:29 PM

    Bavarian soft pretzels!

  • inflytur  on  1/31/2019 at 4:07 PM

    German style sticky buns look good.

  • danielis  on  1/31/2019 at 4:40 PM

    Cheese spätzle with fried onions! To remind me of my childhood and Swiss/German father's cooking :)

  • melspot  on  1/31/2019 at 4:42 PM

    Cabbage Rolls, also the open faced sandwiches with specialty sausage, yum!

  • LeilaD  on  1/31/2019 at 4:44 PM

    Gotta have my beef, so I'm looking at Beef with onion sauce!

  • bopper  on  1/31/2019 at 5:53 PM

    sounds very nice so Steak Tartare would be my choice

  • DarcyVaughn  on  1/31/2019 at 7:58 PM

    Bean, pear and bacon stew

  • sir_ken_g  on  1/31/2019 at 8:10 PM

    I think a lot of the reason there are so few German cookbooks, and so few German restaurants is that much German cooking has been totally become American, Almost the only German restaurants in the US are "beer hall" restaurants. German has those but that does not describe all German cuisine by any means.

  • size_27  on  2/1/2019 at 12:37 AM

    Pickled cucumbers (Essiggurken)

  • lapsapchung  on  2/1/2019 at 1:45 AM

    Flatbread with onion and bacon (Flammkuchen) - I've eaten this in an Alsatian restaurant in France and loved it, and have tried to recreate it at home from memory but it's never been quite right

  • sarahawker  on  2/1/2019 at 12:30 PM

    Buckwheat pancakes with ham

  • kmn4  on  2/1/2019 at 3:37 PM

    Beer soup

  • hillsboroks  on  2/1/2019 at 6:15 PM

    Apricot and cream cheese cake

  • Livia  on  2/2/2019 at 2:40 AM

    Already craving the Veal schnitzel

  • mpdeb98  on  2/2/2019 at 11:22 AM

    Bean, apple and bacon stew

  • Mariella  on  2/2/2019 at 1:24 PM

    Bratwurst cooked in vinegar!

  • PennyG  on  2/2/2019 at 4:51 PM

    German wedding soup with royale

  • LaurenE  on  2/2/2019 at 7:20 PM

    Bean, apple and bacon stew

  • Nkrieda78  on  2/2/2019 at 7:47 PM

    I want to make everything that involves bratwurst.

  • Steben  on  2/2/2019 at 8:48 PM

    Clear oxtail soup

  • JulieQC  on  2/3/2019 at 7:03 AM

    Meat, potatoes and prune stew

  • matag  on  2/3/2019 at 2:32 PM

    Soup garnish: butter dumplings

  • Dannausc  on  2/3/2019 at 3:25 PM

    Cheese and mustard sandwich

  • janv  on  2/3/2019 at 3:44 PM

    Bell pepper dip with herbs

  • thecharlah  on  2/3/2019 at 7:20 PM

    Bavarian cheese dip (Obatzda)

  • monasli  on  2/3/2019 at 11:30 PM

    Pork Schnitzel with mushroom sauce.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  2/4/2019 at 1:33 AM

    It's intimidating, but I'd like to make the Goose legs in aspic (Gänseweißsauer).

  • Lafauvette  on  2/4/2019 at 10:56 AM

    gingerbread loaf

  • ket06e  on  2/4/2019 at 11:15 AM

    Potato soup

  • t.t  on  2/4/2019 at 4:30 PM

    Vanilla cream cake with almonds (Bienenstich)

  • southerncooker  on  2/4/2019 at 8:03 PM

    Beer Soup

  • banba1  on  2/4/2019 at 11:33 PM

    Bavarian cheese dip (Obatzda)

  • EmilyR  on  2/4/2019 at 11:42 PM

    Allgäu-style cheese soup

  • popoff  on  2/5/2019 at 3:10 PM

    Homemade liverwurst!

  • trudys_person  on  2/5/2019 at 10:25 PM

    Poppy seed strudel - I love poppy seed desserts, but I've never made one!

  • tennyogirl  on  2/6/2019 at 11:41 AM

    Bavarian soft pretzels

  • Amandaspamanda  on  2/6/2019 at 2:03 PM

    I want to try and make the pickled pumpkin, I've never thought to use pumpkin that way before!

  • JenjiRM  on  2/6/2019 at 2:32 PM

    Düsseldorf-style beef tenderloin with mustard crust! (and pretzels!)

  • TammyDee  on  2/9/2019 at 2:47 PM

    You know, I thought I'd go with a typically German dish but then I saw Deep-Fried Camembert. I'd try that first.

  • Dendav  on  2/9/2019 at 3:13 PM

    Beer soup.

  • Dmartin997  on  2/9/2019 at 7:36 PM

    meat and vegetable stew--pichelstein

  • Dmartin997  on  2/9/2019 at 7:51 PM

    sourdough tart cherry coffee cake

  • virjeania  on  2/9/2019 at 8:52 PM

    i want to make Cheese with onion marinade (Handkäs mit Musik)

  • edyenicole  on  2/13/2019 at 7:20 PM

    the leek pie!

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