The Gourmets

Photograph: Henrike HawkinsPhotograph: Henrike Hawkins

The grande dame of the Sunday afternoon cake tray, the Black Forest gateau, has not only made a significant comeback recently, but has also gained many new offshoots. Throughout Germany the cake industry is blossoming, both with old favorites like cream cakes and with new inventions.

When considering the vast number of TV cookery programs, you might get the impression the Germans are a nation of cooks and bakers. But what lies behind the hype? And who's standing behind the cooker?

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