Much of the German culture and traditions revolves around German food. Most private and public celebrations will have exquisite tasting food served, accompanied by great tasting beer.
Great German food varies significantly from region to region. Various delicacies are even famous only to a particular town or village. For example Nurnberg is notable for the Nurnberger bratwurst. On the other hand, Munich is renowned for its Weiswurst sausage delicacy. Amazingly you can get these famous foods at the most interesting of places. They can be found at the market place at most town centers, or even at the local train station.
There is also great rivalry between the regions as to who has the better German recipes. Regional rivalry seems to have existed forever between the north and south of the country. The quest for the title of best food recipes will invoke endless healthy banter between staunch local citizens.
Germany is world famous for sausages and sauerkraut. However there are a huge amount of traditional German recipes on offer that most people of other nations wouldn’t even be aware of. These include a large variety of potato dumplings, unique flavorsome meat dishes, and many type of potato salads. Little known outside of Germany are the great variety of fresh salad recipes accompanied by mouth watering dressings.
And not forgetting those who enjoy the sweet foods in life, there is a huge variety of pastries and cakes available. In almost every cafe, you can enjoy the most mouth watering layer cakes, unrivalled anywhere in the world.
Regrettably, the “know how” of cooking Germany’s signature dishes is being forgotten. Many of the traditional German dishes are now conveniently purchased as ready made from large food outlets. These include sauerbraten, sauerkraut, and even German dumplings. Fine pastries and amazing cakes are readily available from even small bakery outlets.
The high price of convenience however has resulted in a generation that is unfamiliar with the skills and techinques required to produce even the basic of traditional German meals.
The intertwinning of German food and the German culture is undeniable. The danger may well be that unless the art of German cooking is revitalized, then German food culture. For Germans living in Germany, this is an extremely important concern. Germans living in other parts of the world struggle more so with these issues, along with their descendants.
We must be proactive in our efforts to ensure that the German food culture remains alive. Therefore we are responsible to take the time, and make the effort of teaching our young people the cooking techniques and recipes of past generations. This is one way to keep the German customs, along with the traditions alive and well.