Literary World Cup – Quaterfinals

There are only four teams left! For the quarter finals I thought a unifying theme would be nice and I was a little inspired by the Dutch Table’s World Cup of Food (link provided below) so I decided to use all cookbooks this round.


Germany vs. France1

WINNER: Germany

Beyond Bratwurst: A History of Food in Germany

Ursula Heinzelmann

Heinzelmann’s book starts in the Neolithic age of Germany and continues on until the modern cuisine of present day Germany. In reading this book, readers come out with an appreciation of German cooking that goes far beyond beer, bratwurst, and pretzels.


Brazil vs. Colombia1

WINNER: Brazil

The Brazilian Kitchen: 100 Classic and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook

Leticia Moreinos Schwartz

100 recipes might seem like a lot, however when encompassing a culture as unique and varied as Brazil, picking just 100 dishes is a hard task indeed. Schwartz not only creates a cookbook that provides delicious recipes for the home cook, she also highlights the Portuguese, African, and native Indian cultures that makes Brazilian cooking stand out from other Latin American fare.


Argentina vs. Belgium2

WINNER: Argentina

Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way

Francis Mallmann & Peter Kaminsky

TV personality and restaurateur Francis Mallmann introduces readers and home cooks to seven different grilling techniques that evoke the spirit of Argentinian cooking. Along with the recipes several pictures showcase the singular beauty of Argentina and the Patagonia region that Mallmann calls home.


Netherlands vs. Costa Rica1

WINNER: Netherlands

Recipes from My Dutch Kitchen

Janny de Moor

De Moor’s book is equal parts picture book and cookbook, exploring the wonderful food of the Netherlands through recipe and visual mediums. Along with recipes, readers get a small sense of the Dutch kitchen with an introduction to the history, culture, and traditions that lie behind some of the foods mentioned.



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