Cheese of the month September 2018: Cam-mäh from Hof Solterbeck, Owschlag/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Everybody in food is talking about the north and nordic, and cheese wise as well there is a lot going on. It was high time to embark on two intense days of re-research with my companion in cheese, Theresa Malec. We toured the baltic east of the state of Schleswig-Holstein from Lübeck up to Flensburg, just south of the Danish border, and encountered many beautiful cheeses (and quark!) that would all deserve to be included in this series (you can read more about them here, in German). So much excellent milk (from cows, sheep and goats), and so many people treating it with great care! » Weiterlesen…

Meet me in NYC: May 21, 2015 with the Culinary Historians of New York at the National Arts Council

Gramercy Park in May meant cherry blossoms were long over, but the green oh so lush when I was invited for a Heinzelcheese talk and tasting at the venerable association of Culinary Historians of New York, hosting me at the formidable National Arts Club. With a group of 80 (!) we explored German food history and discussed some of the changes in German cheese making as well as Riesling. » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month October 2014: Alpkäse 17 months from Jamei, Kempten/Allgäu

Yes, I’m a week late for this cheese of the month. But there was so much cheese going on over the weekend that I hope and trust the great gods of cheese above (as well as you, my readers and followers down here) to show leniency… in return I’m bringing you this true mountain cheese from the Allgäu, which the great guys from Jamei had on offer at the cheese market of the StadtLandFood festival (no, I won’t even start to rave about this incredible event we managed to make happen… we’d never get to the cheese if I did). » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month July 2014: Blauer Künstler from Kunst & Käse, Rögnitz/D

Funnily enough being blue means something totally different German than in English, and that is being drunk (although that could of course induce the blues the day after…). Neither applies to the happy, cheerful woman Ute Rohrbeck is, or her cheeses, which certainly aren’t drunk.
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A new kid on the block: Beyond Bratwurst, my history of food in Germany

I’m so excited. Praenatal anxiety has made way to pure joy and pride. My new one has entered this world! I’m very happy how all the stuff that was for so long safely folded up inside my writer’s head and soul has actually transformed into a book… Please meet Beyond Bratwurst, my history of food in Germany. Chronologically, from the gruel-eating Stone Age to Berlin’s Markthalle Neun today.
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Cheese of the Month March 2013: Maria Pott’s Nieheimer

The crazy days of carnival aren’t my cup of tea at all. The time after Ash Wednesday fits in much better with the winterly grey that stubbornly clings to Berlin until way into March. Unfortunately that mood also befits my cheese of the month. Sadly this has to be the obituary of a real character amongst German cheeses, Maria Pott’s Nieheimer. » Weiterlesen…