My Berlin Kitchen: Cookbook and Memoir Giveaway

Oh how I hate that the end of summer is upon us. I mourn summer every year as I enter her ending. But the thrill is that Autumn is close at hand with big pots of stews and soups, hearty potato dishes, and harvest-time pies like apple and pumpkin. Thank goodness! What an absolute thrill to find this book “My Berlin Kitchen.” I mean a book perfectly describing the aromas, flavors, and colors of my favorite city, Berlin. I think Berlin is Europe’s best kept secret, the perfect morph of old world history with utter modern living and style.

Luisa’s book describes her long and often painful journey in finding herself and home. Being a child of divorce, her Dad an American, her Mother an Italian living in Berlin, and her travels between the two lands and three cultures of American, German, and Italian, often left her wondering who she really was.  “Where are you from,” was often a loaded question with her responding with, “Do you want the long or short version?” Can anyone identify with lack of identity as the author has?  Her book is a tale of love, finding home, all while seeking the answers in her kitchen, cooking foods that comforted each and every emotion and utilizing each of her given cultures.

As I read this book I was taken to the very same places in Berlin that were tread by the author as well as myself. What a small world it can be.

Here are some places we shared…


The beautiful markets tucked in the small and quaint neighborhoods, off the beaten path, unknown to the tourist, that showcase the best of German fair.  Yes they are well know for their meats, brats, aspics, and colorful desserts and salads…


The East Gallery, stretching as far as the eye could see, covered with artful murals by artists from all over the world…


Of the grand and sparkly concert halls…


Of posh 5 star restaurants, serving huge portions of schnitzel late into the night to concert goers, or to those who enjoy the evening sights of a never sleeping city…


A city where the youth are cheerful, adventurous, and party as if it were their full-time job. Germans work hard and play hard. I love that about their culture!


And then the author does a wonderful job at painting many portraits of the idyllic little spots throughout Berlin, (as well as Italy, Boston, and New York), that as one rounds the corner to one of these spots, they gasp at the charm.  Like this cafe my friend Maggie took me to in Zehlendorf, Berlin. This cafe, La Fontaine is know for their Flammkuchen, an Alsatian pizza-type dish, but made with Crème fraîche, speck (bacon), and onions, with such a thin and crispy crust- perfection with a good glass of wine…


Here is a photo of ours mit blutwurst. Yes, blood sausage, don’t knock it until you try it! But see how thin that crust is?

Luisa shares her Flammkuchen recipe, sans blutwurst (hee hee) in her book, which I was so thrilled to find, because when I tried to make Flammkuchen I used…


Yeah, matzoh bread for the crust. All Germans, you may cringe now.

If you like a sweet love story, a cookbook, and memoir all wrapped up into one, then may I suggest Luisa’s story. And if you have travel in your future, may I suggest Berlin.

Giveaway: 2 copies available to win!
To win a copy of Luisa’s book “My Berlin Kitchen” which includes a delectable recipe at the end of every chapter, along with her unfolding love story…

1. Leave a comment in the comment section stating your favorite city.
2. 2 United States residents will be chosen randomly, then providing their address to me so that the publishing company can send you your copy. This giveaway is sponsored by Luisa’s PR, all opinions and photos are my own.
3. You must leave a real email with your comment so that you can be contacted if you win.
4. If you want a second or third comment as a way of improving your chances of winning, then tweet this giveaway, and FB this giveaway, leaving a comment in the comment section that you had done so. I look forward to seeing some favorite cities!

Giveaway closes Tuesday September 10th at midnight Eastern Time.

Giveaway CLOSED- Winners are Katie (Paris) and Amanda (New Orleans). Congratulations!


  1. Katie
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 1:22 PM | Permalink


  2. Posted September 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM | Permalink

    I am very interested in this cookbook! My parents had relatives in Berlin during the war and would send care packages to them. After the war, they gifted us nicely also. We lived in Heidelberg for a year and German is my first language. The more I think about this, I really, really need to get this book…one way or another. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Wendy C
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM | Permalink

    I lived in Bonn, (West) Germany my junior year of college, and traveled about Europe for two months between semesters… I remember skinning up my knee in (West) Berlin, and enjoying a winter carnival in (East) Berlin. But I have always love the name Leenane, Ireland.

  4. Tina
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM | Permalink

    Sounds very interesting and I love the pictures. Thank you for taking us along. I would love to be included in your give away.

  5. Jamie
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

    I guess Duluth Mn is my favorite city. You need to hunt to find great food, but it is there. I met my husband there so that is probably why it jumps into my head!

  6. Jonna
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

    My favorite city is Anchorage, Alaska. There are so many things to do, but it never seems like there’s enough time. There is something for everyone in Anchorage.

  7. Posted September 5, 2013 at 7:03 PM | Permalink

    While I’ve never been to Berlin, I have traveled to southern Germany and absolutely adored it. I felt so at home in that part of Germany.

    My favorite city is Williamsburg, Virginia. I love the colonial district.

  8. Lorrie
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM | Permalink

    San Antonio, Texas

  9. Posted September 5, 2013 at 8:16 PM | Permalink

    I haven’t been out side of the United States so will have to choose an American city, and that would be San Francisco

  10. Mona
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 8:28 PM | Permalink

    Favorite city? Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in Galicia.

  11. Ellen W
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM | Permalink

    Oslo Norway, followed closely by Calgary, Alberta Canada. In the US, I like Albuquerque, NM and San Francisco.

  12. David Kramer
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 10:02 PM | Permalink

    I love Milwaukee and the German sausage stores that you can find in and around this city, like Usingers!

  13. Coconut
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM | Permalink

    This sounds like a delightful cookbook, and I’m also interested in reading her story.

    Like many Americans, my ancestry is melting pot mix.

    Unfortunately, no one in my family kept a family tree, so in a way I can identify with her search for her identity.

    What little that I know about it, my ancestry is a mix of Irish, Scottish, French, Dutch, German, and Native American.

    Thanks for sharing your photographs and memories with us here. 🙂

    By the way, am I correct in assuming that I don’t need to put my e-mail address in the body of this message?

    If not, then please let me know, and I’ll add it later.

    Thanks for sponsoring this contest.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted September 5, 2013 at 10:40 PM | Permalink

      I got your email! Thanks;)

  14. Coconut
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 10:36 PM | Permalink

    Oh, geez. Brain fog. I forgot to add my favorite city. My apologies.

    It’s tough to choose just one. I love New Orleans where I spent much of my childhood, and then there is NYC where I spent even more time.

    Based on where I would live now of all that I’ve visited, I’d have to say Kona, Hawaii.

  15. Cynthia Y.
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 4:04 AM | Permalink

    I’ve lived and visited only 3 states in the US, so far. I have amazing food memories from all three. So you can see as to why this would be very difficult for me to decide a favorite.

    What I decide to do was choose a Country that I have never been to before, as my favorite City.

    My sister Jennifer is why I decided to choose this country. Jen lived in Germany & England for nearly 10 years combined and traveled too many cities in-between.

    Several times a year she would send her family and friends pictures, along with stories about her travels. The one place she shared the most with me was Turkey. She would say the cuisine, kind people & cleanliness of this country reminded her of me. She painted such a great picture with her words, that I felt I was siting next to her enjoy it too.

    I can see by the picture & short stories you have shared with us thus far, that life’s adventure was great for you too. I’m looking forward to your book giving us a even greater understanding of your life’s adventure. Good luck to you two!

  16. Posted September 6, 2013 at 7:04 AM | Permalink

    I have a hard time picking just one favorite city. Munich is the closest I’ve been to Berlin. My favorite cities are Tallinn (Estonia), Venice and NYC.
    Thank you for this giveaway. I’m looking forward to reading this book, and trying out the recipes.

  17. Becky S
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

    Marigot, St Marteen. Warm beautiful and friendly with great cuisine.

  18. Posted September 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM | Permalink

    I wish I had some extensive travel experience to talk about a great city! Sadly, the furthest west I’ve been is Des Moines,Iowa – how sad is that?

    But I do love the best city in my back yard – Chicago! Love all the diverse neighborhoods and eats – my daughter and I could spend all day down there every day and have a new experience each and every day.

    Have a great weekend!

  19. Posted September 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM | Permalink

    Oh, how can I pick just one?! I’ll have to say London (but Savannah’s a close second!)

  20. Posted September 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM | Permalink

    Great shots Robin Sue. I’ve not been to Berlin, but they take me back to my trips to Germany and the cases filled with sausages and cheese. I abhor large cities (eveyrthing bigger than 10,000) but of the places I’ve been, Durango, CO may be my favorite.

  21. TZel
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM | Permalink

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

  22. Posted September 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM | Permalink


  23. Amanda
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM | Permalink

    New Orleans, LA! I love the food, the people, the culture…just everything about that city!

  24. Martina
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM | Permalink

    I’ve never been to Berlin though I’ve heard it’s a wonderful city. I’ll pick Rome as my favorite!

  25. Posted September 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM | Permalink

    Sounds silly but it’s Las Vegas…..had some really great food and so much to do… really good memories

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