Welcome to The Wednesday Chef! I'm Luisa Weiss, a writer and home cook based in Berlin. I was born here to an American father and an Italian mother, which, among many other things, gave me the ability to speak several languages and a taste for Leberwurst sandwiches and Pflaumenkuchen, pizza al taglio and roasted rabbit, dan dan noodles and char siu bao.
I used to live in New York City, where I worked in publishing and edited cookbooks. I started this website there 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 saving for years. But nigh on eight years later, that pile doesn't seem to have gotten any smaller. Which is actually just fine - in the meantime, the blog has taken on a life of its own! In 2010, I left New York and moved back to Berlin to live with my husband Max and write full-time. Our son Hugo was born in 2012.
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, 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 years in New York, summers with my family in Italy and 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 will be published in Dutch, Portuguese, Polish and German.
Feel free to contact me at wednesdaychef[at]hotmail[dot]com.