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German Cuisine: Pigs, Pork, and Luck

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

When it comes to pigs, there is no beating around the bush: as much as I want to dispel the idea that German food is nothing but pork and sausage, I must acknowledge that there indeed is a longstanding and intimate relationship between Germans and their pigs.

With a per capita amount of 87 pounds per year, pork is the most consumed meat in Germany. Consumption is decreasing slightly every year, and the meat industry has a nervous eye on this development. But let’s be realistic: Germans won’t turn into a nation of vegetarians. Poultry, beef, fish and seafood have a long way to go to catch up with pork – even with their numbers added up, their overall consumption is less than pork. That Germans keep filling their plates with pork is of vital economic interest, as Germany produces more pork than it consumes. The country is the biggest exporter of pork in the European Union.

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Events You Won’t Want to Miss in Berlin This Autumn

by Marta Lopez

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Surrounded by hundreds of creative industries and cultural institutions, Berlin is one of those cities where there is always something left to watch, visit and feel. This autumn brings an important event to the cultural calendar: The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Therefore those who fancy a cultural trip to the German capital will be in luck. Art, cinema and photography will be some of the highlights of the season.

“Magic Rooms & Contemplatio”: The Art of Contemplation

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Day Two at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Another day at the Frankfurt Book Fair, another slew of bright and beautiful images.  But books weren’t the only highlights; new technology that combines reading on the page with tablet and computer add-ons, e-books, print-on-demand were just a few of the things on display that are pointing to the potential new tech will bring to reading in the future.

“Book publishers are expanding the scope of their opportunities to the maximum. They are experimenting with content and technologies, and that spirit of invention pervades the Book Fair,” said Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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German Cuisine and the Quince

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

In Germany, like in the United States, quinces were a forgotten fruit for a long time – until the Slow Food Movement rediscovered them.

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First Day at the Frankfurt Book Fair: Photo Impressions

Frankfurt Book Fair Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Gutenberg Museum Stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting point for book lovers, and the enormous fair hall pulses: with color, passion, and beautiful, beautiful books. Book people–from authors to publishers and everyone in between–have descended on Frankfurt, and for the next five days, Frankfurt will be the unofficial capital of books.

I spent the morning wandering the cavernous halls, getting a feel for the layout and taking pictures of books and stands. I think I could spend the next year here and not manage to see it all. The program booklet is as thick as a telephone book, though I doubt I’ll make it to even half of the interesting events I’ve circled. A large “Lesezelt” (reading tend) has been set up in the courtyard outside, and there are rumored to be readings by Finnish authors happening in a sauna (how that is supposed to work I have no idea).

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Frankfurt Book Fair Week! Looking Forward to the Fair

Photo copyright Frankfurt Buchmesse/Peter Hirth

Photo copyright Frankfurt Buchmesse/Peter Hirth

This week Frankfurt town becomes book town. In case you live in a bookless box, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book fair anywhere, ever. It has been happening since 1370. The city explodes with book-ish people for a week.  The German Book Prize is awarded.  Big authors fly in and sign things and give talks.  Publishers set up all sorts of stands and events.  There is a big cosplay contest.  For a book lover, yeah, it’s pretty awesome.  Which is why you will probably be surprised to hear that I’ll be attending (almost) full-on for the first time this year.  Sure, last year I managed to go for a few hours on the final day, but this year I actually submitted my press accreditation paperwork on time, so I can attend the whole damn thing.

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