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Library JournalIn this latest volume of Gingko’s “Eat Smart” series, Bergin (Hungry for Wisconsin), a journalist from Wisconsin, combines three perennial favorites: travel, restaurants, and recipes. Starting with a historical survey of German cuisine and a discussion of regional variations, Bergin sets the stage for her exploration of contemporary German food. She traveled extensively in Germany in preparation for writing this book and includes wonderful color photographs of the dishes she discusses and the chefs who created them. She provides a recipe section with easy-to-follow instructions for many standard dishes. Also included here are a small section on German food suppliers and a list of the restaurants Bergin visited as well as a list of helpful German phrases (with a pronunciation key). Last but not least, Bergin offers detailed menu guides that explain many common ingredients and names of various dishes.
Verdict Bergin’s guide will appeal to travelers and lovers of all things German, especially those who want to be informed before they go. It will be especially helpful to those experiencing German cuisine for the first time. Highly recommended.—Holly Hebert, Brentwood P.L., TN
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