What’s Letter from Berlin?

Letter from Berlin is a weekly newsletter written by me, Luisa Weiss. I’ve been writing about food and home cooking on my blog The Wednesday Chef since 2005. I’m also the author of a food memoir called My Berlin Kitchen, published in 2012, and the cookbook Classic German Baking, named one of 2016’s best baking books by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. I’m currently working on my next book, Classic German Cooking. My writing and recipes have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Cup of Jo, Food52, Serious Eats, Epicurious, Milk Street and Bake from Scratch, among publications. I was the food columnist at Harper’s Bazaar Germany from 2014 to 2017.

In Letter from Berlin, I want to move beyond the format that has for so long defined my online writing and expand my focus. If you subscribe, you’ll still be getting recipes from my home kitchen, but you’ll also be receiving dispatches from the land of cookbook writing and recipe testing, longer thoughts on the books I’m reading and more interactive ways to connect on those books together, occasional pieces about my own fiction writing and the struggles of being a creative person with young children, and interviews with other creative women in the fields of food and fiction. I’ll also be doing regular cooking and baking tutorials.

About me

I suppose the most important thing about me is where I’m “from.” I was born in Berlin to an American father (who lives in Boston) and an Italian mother (from Rome, who lives in Berlin) who divorced when I was a toddler. I spent my childhood flying back and forth between my parents, going to school in Brookline in the early years and Berlin in the later ones. This was both a privilege and a burden; it took me many years to figure out where I belong and to wrestle my way out of a sinking feeling of perpetual homesickness. Along the way, cooking became a form of therapy, a way to conjure the people I loved and the places I missed whenever I was away from them. Reading, however, was always a refuge. I went into book publishing as a college graduate and spent ten years in New York City working as a literary scout and then a cookbook editor. I started The Wednesday Chef as a secret side hobby, but it soon blossomed into something that expanded my world, opened new paths and changed my life.

Today I live in Berlin again with my husband and our two sons, Hugo and Bruno. I write cookbooks and translate film and television scripts from German to English.

Why subscribe?

So that every single issue of this newsletter goes directly to your inbox! The newsletters will live here and you’ll always be able to access any recipes you want to make (again) or previous newsletters that you might like to reread or send to a friend.

But more importantly, while most of the content I produce here is for all subscribers, if you become a paid subscriber ($6/month or $60/year), you’ll get access to subscriber-only content, like videos, Q&As and bonus recipes. You’ll also be supporting me as I navigate this next phase in a creative life. Thank you.


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You can email me at luisa@luisaweiss.com.