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German Culinary Best Gifts - Cookbooks, Knives and Chocolate

Updated on December 14, 2017
Peggy W profile image

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Bratwurst with Bread and Mustard
Bratwurst with Bread and Mustard | Source

More than Beer and Bratwurst!

If you are seeking a culinary best gift idea for someone who likes German food or likes experimenting with different world cuisines, think about giving some German cooking books, some German knives or other gifts like German chocolates. Who doesn't like chocolate?

All of these things can easily be purchased online and your home cook will appreciate receiving something uniquely different from you this year.

I grew up with about 3/4 German heritage and 1/4 Norwegian background. My mother told me that somewhere in that background was a seasoning of French, but looking back in the family must be very far back as it doesn't really show. Perhaps that was just wishful thinking on someone's part? In any case, the German heritage was a predominant part of my background and how we were reared.

German Schnitzel with lemon slices and french fries
German Schnitzel with lemon slices and french fries | Source

German Cooking Books

Many of the good home cooks like my grandmother and mother cooked without the use of recipes for the most part.

In many cases girls in the family learned how to do things by watching (and when they were old enough) helping out in their mother's kitchens as these old family recipes were made. Things were made "to taste" and even if a recipe was jotted down it did not always have amounts utilized as it was taken for granted that the person receiving the recipe would know about how much of any particular ingredient to use. The same was done (more correctly, not done) for baking temperatures and times.

I have authored a post about my grandmother's treasured old timey recipes taken out of a journal where she had handwritten the recipes. In many cases even if the ingredients gave exact amounts, the directions on how to proceed with the recipes was not written down.

In testing the recipes for a post, I was forced to experiment with oven timing and ended up sampling some pretty good cookies, tortes and desserts. Naturally I gave the reader the benefit of that experimentation so that they do not have to continue the experiment of trying some of those old recipes.

Oh...the work that I did for that post and a subsequent one! I should get a gold star! Haha!

The German Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Mastering Authentic German Cooking
The German Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Mastering Authentic German Cooking

Anyone wishing to cook authentic German food needs this in their kitchen library.


Not to worry...any German cooking books ordered here will have exact specifications as to ingredients and directions.

Flag of Germany
Flag of Germany | Source

German Knives

German companies for years have been known for producing quality knives. In fact, when I worked years ago as an operating room nurse, many of the surgical instruments were also made in Germany.

The knives that my husband and I use in our kitchen are made by Wusthof and we have been very satisfied with their use.

We have an electric knife sharpener that we haul out once or twice a year to keep the edges sharp. In between we utilize the sharpening tool that came with the set.

A quality sharp knife greatly speeds up the preparation process of cutting and preparing food.

Supposedly there are also some great German hunting knives made.


If you are wishing to upgrade the knives you have in your home or want to give an excellent gift that should last a lifetime to someone who enjoys cooking, you will not stray too far afield in choosing German knives.

German chocolates
German chocolates | Source

German Chocolate

OK...what if your special person is just not interested in home cooking and a cooking book, be it German or any other kind would be of no interest as a best culinary gift idea?

They probably still need some good knives of some sort to do some minor preparations in their kitchen. A sharp German knife to slice a tomato perhaps?

However if the only prepared meals come already packaged ready to pop into the microwave and a cookbook or good knives would be the last thing on their wish about some tasty German chocolates as a gift idea?

One can hardly go wrong whether the gift is for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, Valentine's Day or any other special occasion.

Perhaps a gift wrapped box of German chocolates would be a nice gift just to surprise your favorite relative or friend for no special reason at all!

Dark Chocolate Antioxidant: Chocolate is Good For You

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate is actually good for one if consumed in moderate amounts. It activates endorphins in your body which make one feel good. Wish to make someone happy? Think of surprising them with some good German chocolates!

Culinary Best Gifts

For your German family members or friends or others who simply wish to expand their repertoire of cooking scrumptious food for dining at home, consider giving them some German cooking books or German knives. For all others, a gift of German chocolates is sure to please!


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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      That was the way my grandmother and also my mother cooked for the most part without recipes except when it came to baking. I pretty much do the same. There are many good German foods in addition to bratwurst. With all the festivals in October, many a brat or other types of wursts are served along with beer. (Smile)

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      Ethel Smith 

      6 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      My late Mum was one of those who often cooked without measuring accurately. Results were great as it was tried and tested recipes. I am not hugely familiar with German foods except Bratwurst.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Roberta,

      Good chocolates are hard to beat! (Smile)

    • RTalloni profile image


      16 months ago from the short journey

      You had me at the chocolate...German Chocolate...oh me!

      The Wusthofs would be lovely, cookbooks maybe, but the chocolate...yes, baby!

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      16 months ago from sunny Florida

      O my....and now I am starving and drooling!! I simply fell in love with German food when my sister married and moved to Pennsylvania. So many glorious foods to taste and enjoy. Still enjoy them but in much greater moderation. And my sister learned to prepare them by watching as well. Bacon dressing is sinful and delicious ...not positive if it is a German dish originally but it is divine.

      Once again Angels are headed your way friend. ps

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brigitte,

      It is nice being able to share some of those old time recipes with others. Will look for yours. Thanks for the share.

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      Brigitte Thompson 

      2 years ago from Austin, TX

      Great Information. My mother is German and I am slowly working on posting some of her German Recipes on Hubpages. I shared your article with my followers.. Great information! Thank you!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      That is interesting that we share a common heritage background. I love eating braunschweiger on dark rye bread with mustard and sliced radishes. Hope you are enjoying this holiday time of year.

    • vespawoolf profile image


      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I am also of German heritage and love German food! My grandfather also cooked from scratch without measuring and introduced me to many German dishes as a child. I even learned to enjoy braunschweiger. We have a beautiful set of Wustof knives but I would love to try the German chocolate! It looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing these unique gift ideas. BTW, my family also says we have a sprinkling of French in our background. Must be a German thing?!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi colorfulone,

      So thumbs up on the German chocolate for you. Ha! Hope you get some for Christmas this year. Have a wonderful holiday season and new year ahead. Thanks for the shares.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      I have never made homemade sausage but am sure you can probably locate some good sausages if not bratwurst. Some good rye bread and mustard completes that first picture.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      I am 3/4's of German heritage and also grew up as a child in Wisconsin. There certainly are a good number of tasty German foods and German companies also make excellent knives. In fact when I was working in the operating room as a nurse, many of the surgical instruments were made in Germany. Just a FYI... Ha! All is well here and hope it is the same for you. Thanks for the share.

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      Susie Lehto 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      I have had many dishes that were traditional meals, and have liked them all. German chocolates, oh yeah!

      I love the way you combine all these ideas into one interesting hub.

      Sharing around the world!

    • peachpurple profile image


      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      cool knives. do you have the recipe for the 1st pic?

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Lots of good suggestions here for gifts or for one's own family. German chocolate is excellent. Being a tiny part German and originating in Wisconsin where lots of German people live, I have had some of these wonderful foods and grown up with many of the recipes for daily fare.

      Sharing this for my followers who may still need some gift ideas or have menu decisions to make. Also voting this up and useful. Christmas is nearly here! Hope all is well with you.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      I grew up eating many foods dating back to some of my German heritage. I still enjoy eating it but like many foods from all around the world these days as well. Sending angels your way as well. Enjoy these special holidays at the end of this year.

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      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      These really are great suggestions for gifts. My sister married a young man (years ago) from Pennyslvania and they settle in PA Dutch country.. She learned ot prepare so many of the foods and they are divine.

      These gifts would be welcome additions to a home.

      Angels are on the way to you Peggy

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Glad that you liked this hub. Thanks for the votes and share.

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Great gift ideas and an interesting read. Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I love schnitzel and have not had it in a while. Will have to correct that! Obviously I had many other German foods when growing up. I came from a family of good cooks! Nice that your husband's grandmother is still cooking good German foods. Thanks for your vote + share.

    • moonlake profile image


      6 years ago from America

      I enjoyed your hub. My husband's family is German. His grandmother cooked German still.

      I love schnitzel. Voted up on and shared on your interesting hub.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello lemonkerdz,

      I know many men who love to cook and my husband is one of them. Cookbooks are perfect gifts for such men, as you undoubtedly know judging from your comment. Thanks! :)

    • lemonkerdz profile image


      6 years ago from LIMA, PERU

      Women say it is hard to find a gift for a man!!!!


      There are so many men who love cooking now, and if their wife wants to put her feet up with a can of beer and watch the football, then pull out the Mastercard and and buy a nice decent kitchen gift for your man. Thanks for the hub

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      I was concentrating more on the German cookbooks rather than bratwurst or other German foods. We love bratwurst also. Soon it will be time for the Octoberfest in a great many places! Nothing like a great bratwurst on a bun with some spicy mustard! Thanks for your comment & votes.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      As much as I love German chocolate and spaetzle, I adore bratwurst. So it was a bit of a disappointment to find no mention of that sausage you had in the cover photo. I'm giving you an Up and Interesting anyway for the rest

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Thelma Alberts,

      So glad that you enjoyed this hub regarding German cooking books, etc. I still refer to a Maders cookbook which is a German restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on occasion. Learning how to cook watching my mother, much of what I do is without recipes. A touch of this and that! "To taste" is always the operative words of advice. :)) Thanks for your comment.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi Peggy! I love German food because they are delicious and besides that I am married to a German for 30 years and he loves cooking. I eat every other day German meals and the rest of the days are Asian and European meal. Great hub!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello daydreamer13,

      If you like German culture, food is certainly a part of it. Thanks for reading and commenting about this culinary best gifts hub regarding cooking books to German knives and chocolate.

    • daydreamer13 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great hub! I've always been interested in German culture! Well done!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      For the upcoming holidays or anytime of year German cooking books and German knives make for the best kind of culinary gift. Of course then there is always the German chocolate for people who just prefer an indulgent sweet type of gift. Thanks for the comment.

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      Cheryl J. 

      8 years ago from Houston, TX

      Wow. A great hub and videos. I enjoy great German Potato Salad. Yum Yum. Thanks for sharing. Lots of gift ideas for the holiday.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Scribenet,

      That is similar to how I cook..."a little of this and a little that." All depends upon what is in the house or garden at the time. I used to have a great garden in Wisconsin years ago. Now it is mostly relegated to herbs in Houston. Thanks for commenting on this Culinary Best Gifts hub related to German cooking and such.

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      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My late husband was Austrian and we cooked German style. My mouth watered watching the prep for the potato salad...we did it slightly different but I am sure the taste is quite close. I will be bookmarking and the spaetzle recipe...I am sure to try that, he would prepare a recipe with a little this and a little that. Thanks!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Prasetio,

      Between the German cooking books, German knives and German chocolate...there are many culinary best gift ideas to go around this year! Hope you get to taste some German chocolate soon! Thanks for the comment and rating.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is one of the best cookbooks, Peggy. I thought we can try to make German cuisine at home. I love German chocolate. I am chocoholic, I hope I can taste German chocolate someday. German knives also tough and sharp. Thanks for share with us. Rating up as usual.


    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      You zeroed in on some of the best knives out there...German knives. They really are great! It is fun to be acquainted with culinary tastes from all across the world...German being just one type. Also as people travel more and become more accustomed to tasting different flavors, there seems to be a melding of cuisines in many restaurants or home kitchens for that matter. "oh and the chocolate..." No comment. Haha!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Peggy she has a few cookbooks - the compulsory ones of course - the knives are something of course - fine German steel - yes all that German food is not good for the girth - oh and the chocolate...

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mike,

      Glad that this hub about German culinary best gifts brought back some happy memories of your brother's special German chocolate cake, etc. My one brother always requested a spice cake as his favorite. I don't remember my other brother's favorite. Perhaps he changed it from year to year. I know my Dad always preferred pies to cakes. Ha!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello agusfanani,

      I hope that you get some German chocolate...or any kind of chocolate traveling your way soon. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I am also about 3/4 German, and have been exposed to some German dishes along the way. My brother always wanted a German chocolate cake on his birthday as a child, and I remember how unique and different the taste was from that of "regular" chocolate. I don't get to try a lot of German food any more, but your article brings back some nice memories! Thanks for sharing.


    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello SUSIE DUZY,

      Who said anything about losing weight? Haha! These German cooking books can offer low calorie as well as high calorie recipes. As to the German chocolate...well...moderation is the key. Sometimes hard to do, I agree, but worth the quest! (Smile) Thanks for the comment.

    • agusfanani profile image


      8 years ago from Indonesia

      I wish somebody would send that chocolate. I love chocolate and that ones look so tempting.

    • SUSIE DUZY profile image


      8 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      I always love reading about foods, even if they are foods from Germany. That's why I cannot lose weight. Good Hub.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sarovai,

      There are many dishes that are vegetarian that are also German. Sauerkraut, some of the potato salads...vegetables, etc. With my grandfather's large garden we always had many vegetables on our plates. Thanks for looking at and leaving a comment on this Culinary Best Gifts hub relating to German cooking books, German Knives and even German chocolates. I appreciate it.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      He Hello, hello,

      I thought that you would like this as it was about German subjects from cooking books, German knives, German chocolate, etc. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      Glad you enjoyed this hub about German food and cooking books, etc. We do not eat a lot of German food but enjoy it when we do. Need to get some sauerkraut in the house! Thanks for the comment.

    • sarovai profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi Peggy W , thank u for introducing German food to me. I never tasted German food.Only problem I am a vegetarian.Anyway thank u for sharing.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      As you can imagine, I thoroughly anjoyed reading your hub. Thank you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, I have never cooked much German food but I've eaten it a few times and it is always good. A very informative hub. Rated up.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Does your wife need another German cookbook or does she already have a bunch of them? Of course those German knives are dynamite...really good! And then there is the chocolate...well, you already said in another hub that the bathroom scale is not a problem this time of year. Haha!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Perfect Peggy - this is a perfect Christmas present for my wife given she is German - lots of familiar bites here :)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      Who said anything about diets? Haha! Yes, I like all of those German foods and more. Actually I like just about everything. These German cookbooks do look good. We already have our German knives! As to the German chocolate...oh dear...what diet?

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      How am I ever going to go on a diet if you keep talking about food I love??? My husband is of German heritage, and I've learned to cook some of his favorites -- pork, sauerkraut, rouladin... mmm... The German cookbooks you show look very enticing!


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