Book look: Food adventures, grammar guidance and an art theft thriller

Patrik Stäbler loves food. He explains that it triggers feelings of ultimate joy and 1fulfilment. However, he also realised that his skills were limited when it comes to cooking. This reduced his knowledge of meals remarkably. So the author decided to travel through Germany to get to know traditional dishes from all of his home country’s regions. Stäbler did not focus on well-known dishes like bratwurst and sauerkraut. During his trip, he tasted food with strange names such as Schnüsch, Oberlausitzer Teichelmanke and Knieperkohl. His book takes readers on a funny journey all across Germany. Mahlzeit!

Speisende soll man nicht aufhalten
By Patrik Stäbler
Published by rororo / Rowohlt (

Learning French can be tough, but a new grammar guide released by a German publishing house offers some help. “Französisch Grammatik” by Regina Lübke – now out by Bassermann – explains everything about the usage of direct and indirect speech, tenses and the correct formulation of questions. The book also contains information concerning prepositions and pronunciation rules. On 270 pages, no relevant fact about the language is ignored.

Französisch Grammatik
By Regina Lübke
Published by Bassermann (

Gmeiner does not just offer books. The latest release of the publishing house – a specialist for crime novels – is an exciting card game. Up to four players can participate in “Millionenraub”, a game about an art theft in a museum. The players have to find out who pilfered the most precious object on display at the gallery. None of the visitors are allowed to leave the premises while the players try to catch the culprit. “Millionenraub” promises a lot of fun and thrilling entertainment – as do the Gmeiner crime novels such as “Lenauwahn” by Hermann Bauer. The book follows Bauer’s releases “Philisophenpunsch” (2011) and “Nestroyjux” from last year. All of his stories take place in Vienna where he grew up and still lives. Bauer’s novels are popular due to their colourful characters and cleverly arranged plots.

By Inka and Markus Brand
Published by Gmeiner (

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