Book Review | Grandma’s German Cookbook

Grandma's German Cookbook

*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*

Title: Grandma’s German Cookbook

Author: Linn Schmidt and Birgit Hamm

About the Book:

Whether it’s crispy fried potatoes, steamed dumplings, or a creamy jelly roll stuffed with raspberries, no one makes food as good as a German grandmother — that is, until now!

Featuring eighty-five classic recipes, from soups to Sunday roasts, and desserts to Christmas favorites, Grandma’s German Cookbook is loaded with recipes any German grandmother would proudly serve her family.

They’ll also discover charming profiles of German grandmothers and their takes on classic dishes, for added authentic inspiration.

My Review:

I was interested in reading Grandma’s German Cookbook because we have some German background in our family. My Grandma B is German and I remember how much she loved to bake! Grandma B spoke German as a child, but as she got older she switched over to English. I took German for three years in high school though now in my 30’s, I forget most of it except for the basics. Don’t try talking to me in German because I won’t understand!

Grandma’s German Cookbook is divided various chapters covering all types of recipes including:

  • Soups & Stews
  • Everyday Meals 
  • Sunday Dinners
  • Sweet Main Courses & Desserts
  • Cakes & Cookies
  • Jams, Jellies & Preserves 
  • The Good Provisioner

There were many recipes that I was not familiar with, but sounded delicious like Graubünden Barley Soup and Rote Grütze (Red-Berry Pudding). Both of those are on my list of must-tries. I did recognize the recipe for Cheese Spatzle, but will need to find a Spatzle Maker to make it.

Schupf Noodles are popular in Germany. They are potato dumplings shaped like fingers. I’m betting this recipe will be popular in our home. All the ingredients are items I have on hand and aren’t expensive.

One of the most well-known German dishes is also included: Weiner Schnitzel. It is paired with a recipe for Potato and Cucumber Salad.

I really enjoyed how extensive the dessert section is. Many of them I hadn’t heard of but after looking at the ingredients along with the picture, I’m excited to give them a try.  I’m curious to see if they remind me of my grandma’s desserts. I guess we’ll see!

In the chapter, The Good Provisioner, there’s lots of tips and tricks to help you in the kitchen. I enjoyed the section about Grandma’s Best Secrets. Have you ever had a cake that won’t come out of the pan? Grandma’s Best Secrets shares a simple fix.

Grandma’s German Cookbook is a perfect for those of you who want to explore your German heritage or just have an interest in trying out another type of cuisine!

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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