Now that October is fast approaching, we anticipate Oktoberfests and the delicious foods, pastries and beers from the Bavarian culture.
“Biergarten Cookbook: Traditional Bavarian Recipes” by Julia Skowronek, is a new book that will bring the appeal of the beer garden, with all its delightful fun and goodness, into your kitchen any season on the year. Exquisite photos accompany each easy recipe. Included in the contents of hot and cold dishes and sweet treats are also “hops and malt forever,” “bavarian beer and the purity law” and “biergarten food for vegetarians” as well as the “top 10 biergarten dishes.” I am going to make you salivate now as I mention apple fritters, plum tarts, strudel, homemade pretzels, cheese spread, sausage salads, roast pork, spaetzle, steak with fried onions and many, many more recipes which are included. Special attention is given to recipes that children will particularly enjoy. Learn about the “biergartens” and Bavarian lifestyle as you try to make a decision on which recipe to try first!
Directly from the famed beer halls of Germany, you can find scrumptious recipes for a fall fest or any other gathering or dinner you may be having in the text titled “Oktoberfest Cookbook.” Author Julia Skowronek, professional chef, cookbook author and food stylist, who specializes in fine cuisine for every day, gives us another catalog of mouth-watering recipes, encompassing snacks, soups, meaty and vegetarian main dishes, and of course, the celebrated desserts and treats of Germany. Experience Oktoberfest at its best with the full-color photography, tips and feature spreads presented here.
And last but not least, what would an Oktoberfest celebration be without its Bavarian music playing, to which listeners can sing and dance? The cheerful, uplifting book, “Oktoberfest,” by Mario Scheder-Bieschen, comes with a CD that plays polkas, band marches, yodels and German folk songs. The beautiful pictorial works within the book showcase Germany, in particular Munich; and the accompanying text profiles the social life and customs there, boasting this event to be the greatest beer and music festival in the world! If you are a lover of harvest time, brewing and music, this book is a must read. Don’t forget to pop the CD into your player for your own authentic Oktoberfest at home!
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