Welcome to The Wednesday Chef!
Who I am:
I'm Luisa Weiss, a writer and home cook based in Berlin. I was born in Berlin to an Italian mother and an American father. When my parents divorced, my father and I moved to Boston and I started my career as a trans-Atlantic commuter, flying back and forth between Berlin and Boston, between my mother and my father. This, among many other things, gave me the ability to speak several languages and an abiding love for Leberwurst sandwiches and Pflaumenkuchen, pizza al taglio and roasted rabbit, baked beans and dim sum on Sundays.
How I got started:
After college, six formative weeks at the Radcliffe Publishing Course and one lonely year in Paris, I spent a decade in New York City, where I worked in book publishing as a literary scout and, later, as a cookbook editor. I started this website in New York City in August 2005 to work through a mountain of recipe clippings from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times that I'd been obsessively saving for years. What started out as a fun little hobby ended up changing my life. In 2010, I left New York and moved back to Berlin to live with my husband Max (who I met during that long, lonely year in Paris) and write full-time. Our son Hugo was born in 2012.
All about My Berlin Kitchen:
In 2012, I also published my first book (it was a big year!), a food memoir called My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes). In the book, I wrote about my childhood in Berlin, the constant homesickness I've spent my life battling in the kitchen, trying to find my way as an adult and how I finally came full-circle by moving back home and marrying my husband. I filled the book with my favorite recipes from my three countries: roasted Brussels sprouts and braised chicken from my years in New York, bracioline siciliane and chickpea soup from summers with my family in Italy and Pflaumenmus and Rote Grütze from my kitchen in Berlin. If you want to read a little bit more about how the book came about, click here and here. The book is also available as a paperback, an ebook and audio book and has been translated into Dutch, Portuguese, Polish and German.
What I'm up to now:
I'm currently at work on a cookbook on German baking, which will be published by Ten Speed Press. I'm also the food columnist for Harper's Bazaar Germany. You can find a selection of my columns (in German only) on their website. I give food tours in Berlin for select groups (contact me for details) and I teach writing and cooking classes. I have two upcoming cooking classes in Berlin this year: in July, I'm teaching a class on jam-making and in September, I'm teaching a class on Italian home cooking. I speak regularly at blogging conferences (most recently on personal productivity at The Hive in Berlin in 2013 and on memoir-writing and cookbook publishing at Food Blogger Connect in London in 2014). I also do freelance editorial work like cookbook Americanizations, copy-editing and proofreading.
I do accept advertising on the blog, but only if the product is a good fit with my readers or is something I feel passionately about. Please email me if you'd like to discuss a collaboration.