Book Review: The River Cottage Curing and Smoking Handbook

The River Cottage Curing and Smoking Handbook

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but that’s exactly what I did with The River Cottage Curing and Smoking Handbook by Steven Lamb. When I first got a copy of the book in my hands my first thoughts were: textbook. The book is not only hardbound but a rugged, solid hard binding that is going to hold up over years and years of use. It goes without saying that if you are interested in curing and smoking, you will be utilizing this book for quite a long time to come.
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My Must See List: Dachauer Volksfest

dachauer volksfest

Munich’s annual Oktoberfest is arguably the largest and most well known people’s folk festival in the world. Each September millions of beer drinkers and revelers descend on the Bavarian capital city, an already popular tourist destination. They eat pretzels, they ride carnival rides, they wear Dirndl or Lederhosen and, of course, they suck down beer from a select group of Munich’s breweries like the stuff is going out of style. While there is a lot to be said about attending the world’s premiere folk festival, those looking for a more intimate experience don’t have to look to far from Munich. Dachau, located a mere twelve miles northwest of Munich, hosts its own folk festival which traditionally boasts the cheapest beer prices in Bavaria.
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Reads of the Week: Mystic Seaport, Curated Libraries, Tea Time, American German Beer

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Summer is officially here. Although it might be hard to tell with all the rain and seasonally cool temperatures that are being forecast for the weekend. Not that I’m complaining. At all. I prefer the cool weather. Or at least weather that’s not humid.

  • Mystic Seaport (which I visited last year while in Mystic) is expanding! They’ve released a new video on their blog of Thomas Exhibition Building. Architecturally the building takes great influence from the Mystic River, the sea and the ships at the seaport. It will be utilized as a “new showplace for exhibitions, experiences, and discoveries.” Can’t wait to see it when it’s completed!
  • I think I may have found my dream job. The BBC reports on Kinsey Marable, a man who curates private libraries for the wealthy using his proprietary lists of books for different rooms and themes. These aren’t just any books either. Often they’re special or desirable editions and, of course, the covers have to be visually appealing to complete the library’s aesthetic. Among his clients: Oprah Winfrey. Personally, I’d be satisfied if the German language books and the English language books in my home library had the text on the binding going in the same direction.
  • For those looking for a deal, Tea Time Magazine is offering a 20% friends and family discount on subscriptions. I’ve been reading their website and following them on Instagram and they’ve got a lot of tasty treats and interesting tidbits! The sale ends June 28th.
  • Drinking Becks in the States? Well that beer is more American than you think. Deutsche Welle is reporting that courts have found that the brand mislead consumers. The Becks sold in the US is brewed in St. Louis. Becks was founded in Bremen, Germany.

German Film: Karoline Herfurth

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Since her big film debut in the 2000 film Crazy (which also starred April’s film recommendation Robert Stadlober in the lead role), Berlin actress Karoline Herfurth has been awful busy. In addition to several theater productions and made for television movies, she has got quite a list of film credits to her name. Not to mention that Herfurth made her directorial debut with a short film in 2012. This month’s German film recommendations for German language learners include three more recent films with Herfurth all of which are rather different: Vincent will Meer, Wir sind die Nacht and Zettl.
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Reads of the Week

My favorite reads of the week: