The Grapes of Wrath: France's Great Wines Are Feeling the Heat

The Grapes of Wrath: France's Great Wines Are Feeling the Heat

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2014

In France, climate change is no longer just an abstract problem. The culinary country's grand wine culture is threatened by rising global temperatures. Vintners are fighting to save a part of our world culture heritage that spans the last two millennia. By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Flippin' Good: Germany Learns to Love the Burger

Flippin' Good: Germany Learns to Love the Burger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2014

Hamburgers may be named after the northern German city, but only recently has it become easier to find a good one in the country. A wave of gourmet burger joints is now sweeping Germany, and fast food restaurants could soon be feeling the pinch. By Alexander Kühn and Ann-Kathrin Nezik more... Comment ]

Christmas Markets: Watch Out for Weak Glühwein

Christmas Markets: Watch Out for Weak Glühwein

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2013

Mulled wine is a staple of German Christmas markets, but experts warn that consumers should beware of poor quality. Overcooking the beverage was found to have reduced alcohol content and flavor in more than one in ten mugs in Berlin. more...

Land Grab: Foreign Firms Drive Cambodians from Farms

Land Grab: Foreign Firms Drive Cambodians from Farms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2013

Each year, foreign agricultural corporations deprive thousands of Cambodian farmers of their fields -- with the government's help. Human rights groups claim German taxpayer money is used to fund a program that benefits land grabbers. By Andreas Lorenz more... Comment ]

Meaty Christmas: Classic Holiday Cake Gets Veal Version

Meaty Christmas: Classic Holiday Cake Gets Veal Version

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2013

Throwing tradition to the wind, a German butcher shop has reinvented the country's beloved Christmas fruit cake known as Stollen. Instead of using flour, they opted for veal. more... Comment ]

Caveman Cuisine: Scientists Question Rise of the 'Paleo Diet'

Caveman Cuisine: Scientists Question Rise of the 'Paleo Diet'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

The "paleo diet" -- which supposedly mimics what our caveman ancestors ate -- has become a new health craze. But many scientists doubt that this hunter-gatherer cuisine of meat, veggies and fruit is as healthy as advertised, or even historically correct. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]

Penny Bun Pinchers: 'Mushroom Mafia' Pillaging German Forests

Penny Bun Pinchers: 'Mushroom Mafia' Pillaging German Forests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

The forests of Europe are a gold mine of gourmet mushrooms, and professional foragers are breaking laws to get their hands on them. Four of them tried to run over a forestry worker last week in Germany, where mushroom-madness is widespread. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

Golden Calves: Farmers Hungry for Luxury Beef

Golden Calves: Farmers Hungry for Luxury Beef

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2013

Wagyu beef is the most expensive meat in the world, fetching prices of up to 600 euros per kilogram. Long found exclusively in Japan, the wagyu breed is now spreading across the globe. And German farmers are after a piece of the pie. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Deformed But Delicious: Student Campaign Combats Waste

Deformed But Delicious: Student Campaign Combats Waste

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2013

Deformed carrots, knobbly lemons and discolored zucchini are deemed unsellable by German supermarkets, resulting in an enormous amount of food waste each year. Students here recently launched a campaign to help get the ugly specimens back on store shelves. more... Comment ]

'Spy Rings' in Germany: A Baker's Ode to the NSA and Snowden

'Spy Rings' in Germany: A Baker's Ode to the NSA and Snowden

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2013

Düsseldorf is awash in spy rings this week, with a local bakery chain trying leverage the NSA surveillance scandal into a marketing coup. The rings, of course, are good, old-fashioned American donuts, which share shelf space with Snowdy rolls and Insider muffins. more... Comment ]