Literature The Invention of Curried Sausage

September 2021: Die Entdeckung der Currywurst
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Just as during wars, the ongoing pandemic has brought many changes to our eating and cooking habits.  Many people discover (or rediscover) the joy of home cooking and become more adventurous in trying out or even inventing their own recipes. 

Currywurst, or curried sausage, is invented in Germany in the years immediately following the end of the Second World War and remains a popular streetfood today. Its invention is attributed to Herta Heuwer in Berlin, but author Uwe Timm has another theory: in the novelle "Die Entdeckung der Currywurst" ("The Invention of Curried Sausage"), an unnamed journalist seeks to track down the recipe of curried sausage he had in Hamburg when he was a child, hence the beginning of a an ingenious, revealing, and charming tale about the invention of a popular German sidewalk food by a woman who met, seduced, and held captive a deserter in April, 1945, just before the war's end.
You can find the German digital version of the book on Onleihe, and the Chinese version in our library at Goethe-Institut Hongkong.
The film version of the book is available at the Library of Goethe-Institut Hongkong.