Winder has a passionate attachment to Germany – nobody could have embraced its vast history and culture with such easy mastery without loving the place.   Yet he sometimes seems unsure how that came about, and he can’t deny the climatic, cultural and culinary irresistibility of Italy. Still, he makes noble efforts to defend Germany in the kitchen and I loved this quotation.

‘Germany does do some great food. There is always a pig and a potato just around the next corner, but there is a lot to be done with these two life-forms.’

Source: Simon Winder, Germania (London, Picador, 2011), p. 34

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