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German Food - By Category

Introduction to German Food
Germany has many different cuisines that grew out of the different environments and political states that make up the German-speaking regions in Europe. Explore the variety of food and learn how to cook many of the specialties right here!

Mittagessen Menus
The hot meal of the day is still often served at lunchtime. Whether at a cafeteria, restaurant, or at home where “Mutti” (mother) cooks, hearty, warm stir-fry (Geschnetzeltes), soup (Suppe) or roasts (Braten) dominate in the middle of the day.

Main Dishes
The hot meal of the day is still often served at lunchtime. Whether at a cafeteria, restaurant, or at home where “Mutti” (mother) cooks, hearty, warm stir-fry (Geschnetzeltes), soup (Suppe) or roasts (Braten) dominate in the middle of the day.

Salads and Side Dishes
Many people who have visited Germany come back raving about their salads. Root vegetables often find their way, raw and cooked, into salads, and many people like the fact they don’t mix everything up with the lettuce, but include several small portions of different salads on the same plate.

Potatoes and Noodles
So what if potatoes originated in Peru and noodles in China? German cooks quickly found out how to use them to their advantage! These accompaniments to main dishes will fill you up and satisfy your inner German.

Bread
Bread occupies, without a doubt, the largest place in German cuisine and the Germans have become master bread-bakers. Breakfast and dinner usually feature bread and butter, with various cold-cuts, ham, cheese and other toppings. “Butterbrot” also goes to school and to work with the Germans, to still their hunger in-between meals.

Breakfast and Dinner
German-style breakfast and dinner ideas and recipes.

Regional Specialties
So much food, so little time. In these pages I would like to introduce the varied cuisines found in German-speaking Europe.

Desserts
Dessert are enjoyed in almost every cuisine, especially in German cuisines. Try a quarkspeise, Bavarian creme, or Powidl for fun. You won't regret it.

Cakes and Pastries
Germans are industrious and talented bakers. From them we get cheesecake, stollen, marzipan, cream cakes like Black Forest cake and so much more. They love to bake seasonally and at Christmastime they go all out. Try the cinnamon stars (Zimtsterne) or the Black-and-white cookies at your next cookie exchange; simple yet delicious.

Beer and Wine
We love their beer, we love their wine, but what makes these German drinks so special? Here is an inside look at German libations, including mixed drinks using beer and non-alcoholic drinks.

Celebrations
Celebrations always require special foods. If you want to know how to prepare party foods (and perhaps how they came to be associated with certain festivals) the following pages will give you all the information you need.

Glossary
Glossary of German Food Terms

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