German baking has influenced baking traditions around the world for generations and is a source of great nostalgia for those of German and Central European heritage. Yet the very best recipes for Germany's cookies, cakes, tortes, and breads, passed down through generations, have never before been collected and perfected for contemporary American home bakers. Enter Luisa Weiss, the Berlin-based creator of the adored Wednesday Chef blog and self-taught ambassador of the German baking canon. From her cheerful Berlin kitchen, Weiss shares more than 100 rigorously researched and tested recipes, gathered from expert bakers, friends, family, and time-honored sources throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Whether you're in the mood for the simple yet emblematic Streuselkuchen , crisp and flaky Strudel , or classic breakfast Brötchen , every recipe you're looking for is here, along with detailed advice to ensure success plus delightful storytelling about the origins, meaning, and rituals behind the recipes. Paired with more than 100 photographs of Berlin and delectable baked goods, such as Elisenlebkuchen , Marmorierter Mohnkuchen , and S chwarzwälder Kirschtorte , this book will encourage home bakers of all skill levels to delve into the charm of Germany's rich baking tradition. Classic German Baking is an authoritative collection of recipes that provides delicious inspiration for any time of day, whether it's for a special breakfast, a celebration with friends and family, or just a regular afternoon coffee-and-cake break, an important part of everyday German life.
"If you're fascinated by German baking, by the recipes for kuchen, cakes, tortes, cookies, and yeasted sweets passed down through generations, then you'll be as joyful as I am that Luisa Weiss has given us this beautifully written and photographed book. Here, at last, is our portal to learning more about the long tradition of German baking, which has influenced bakers around the world, and to recreating such wonders at home. Classic German Baking is a sweet adventure." - Dorie Greenspan, author of Dorie's Cookies and the New York Times best-selling Baking Chez Moi "I've waited a long time for another book by Luisa Weiss. In demystifying German baking she has done all cooks a great service. An inspiring and delicious labour of love." - Diana Henry, The Daily Telegraph "Luisa Weiss takes classic German recipes and transforms them into extraordinarily modern takes. This is a book that even a novice can be inspired by." - Mindy Segal, author of Cookie Love "I value few things more than classic recipes that honor tradition, are presented with heart, and are so well tested that you know you can trust them. This impressive volume by the wonderful Luisa Weiss is filled with these sorts of recipes. I can almost taste the apricot jam and smell the almond paste just by reading Classic German Baking ." - Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories "From stunning layered cakes to fruit-forward tarts and spiced holiday cookies, Luisa Weiss opens up the world of German baking to bakers around the world. My dream is to be in her kitchen, stretching strudel, twisting pretzels and layering chocolate tortes alongside her. Classic German Baking takes me right there." - David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen "As an expat American, Weiss has a sense of discovery that permeates her book, giving a sense of wonder and appreciation to the sometimes complicated recipes. It's just the right sensibility, and it makes for a cookbook that's not only useful and instructive but charming." - Amy Scattergood, The Los Angeles Times "Berlin-born food writer Weiss ( My Berlin Kitchen ) collects masterpieces of time-tested recipes to create this traditional classic that, like her lebkuchen (old-fashioned German gingerbread), is bound to stand the test of time and taste. [...] Collected from various places and people-whether it's a cookbook or from her German assistant-this cookbook presents a beautiful piece of German tradition." - Publishers Weekly "In Classic German Baking , author and former cookbook editor Luisa Weiss surpassed those expectations with an engaging, precise, and pitch-perfect collection of more than 100 recipes that deserve to be better known in the U.S." - Lisa Rojany, NY Journal of Books
Luisa Weiss, geb. in Berlin geboren, wuchs bei ihrem Vater in Boston auf. Nach Stationen in Paris und New York, wo sie anfing, ihren preisgekrönten Foodblog The Wednesday Chef zu schreiben, lebt die Autorin heute mit ihrem Mann und ihrem kleinen Sohn in Berlin. Auch von der deutschen Presse, u.a. Focus und DIE ZEIT, erhielt sie für ihren Blog bereits einiges an Aufmerksamkeit.