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Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

July 21, 2015

A few years ago I spotted a micro “foodie” trend in Germany and today it’s slowly starting to take off – food trucks! Today I have a book to share with you all about them and where you can find the best ones in the country. As an American, food trucks are as common to me as the corner coffee shop and went from trend to a staple in mainstream American culture many years ago. It never dawned on me when I moved to Germany that, outside of festivals and Christmas markets, food trucks run by creative cooks were not common at farmers’ markets and rare sights in cities. The food trucks at events were (and largely still are) very typical serving beer, bratwurst, pommes and the typical German festival foods which are great but offer little to those longing for a culinary adventure.

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

Germany is slowly but surely becoming a big foodie culture, especially among young people with the over 35 crowd also catching on. I’m starting to see food trucks pop up in my city and even the typical fests with the typical foods are slowly starting to change with new foods being offered that cater to vegans and others who are just looking to have their tastebuds tickled. That’s why I was so excited when my contact at Prestel, a German book publisher, sent me a copy of their newest book called Food Trucks highlighting some of the best of Germany. I think they’ll need to do several follow-ups very soon, because we have some great food trucks popping up in Hannover and I hope many more. These mobile kitchens offer a chance for locals to meet cooks, experience the process, meet people, explore different recipes and venture outside of the typical ingredients and the more traditional foods.

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

In Hannover, we have a food truck called Food Lovers with a couple who have grandchildren running it – she is Japanese and he is Jewish. Together, they fuse their two cultures into their recipes (I snapped a photo on IG here). Each week when I visit, they offer me something new they’ve just experimented with. Last week it was a new rice pilaf and the week before, a seaweed-flavored salad made only with carrots! Food trucks offer a wonderful way for cooks to do what they love without the overhead and the sheer time commitment of running a restaurant full-time. They also make for great test kitchens for exploring new recipes. Another food truck we have that I love is called Soup Sisters. In fact, their truck has become so popular that they have opened a brick-and-mortar cafe downtown with two more in the work.

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

On of the sad things about Hannover is our decision-makers over at city hall are not innovative or fresh and are seriously boring. They sink a lot of money into things that are standard and cater to their age group (50+) but little goes to the rest of us, and not into fresh new ideas. For instance, they make it very hard for food trucks to obtain licensing and have a bunch of guidelines that really hold back a lot of people from starting their own food truck business here. I hope that this changes because, as this book clearly shows, the food truck culture in other cities (especially Berlin where I will be traveling to next week with a blog post about my finds), is growing and will quickly leave Hannover in the dust yet there is so much potential in our city as our creative scene is starting to really expand and experiment with new things.

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

I really like the Food Trucks book because it shows some of the best food trucks currently in Germany with a bio of each along with plenty of mouth-watering photos. It’s great to have a book like this in Germany because it sheds light on the food truck industry in general because so many people living here aren’t really in tune with this culture of meals on wheels. I also like seeing the trucks bustling with people and conversation throughout the book, it makes me long to be a part of the atmosphere since I find it so inspirational to be around people who love what they are cooking and eating, and sharing meals together. One of my great passions is to come together with those I love to share food, wine and laughter in a relaxed casual environment sans attitude and overly decorated tabletops.

By the way, did you watch the film Chef? It’s great, I highly suggest it!

If you would like a copy of this book, it’s only available in German but it is available on or any good book store in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

(images: Book cover on table: Holly Becker, all others: Toby Binder, Henning Kreitel, Birgit von Bally, Richard Pflaume)



  • Reply Holly July 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    It’s interesting to hear that Germany is getting more of a foodie culture – perhaps a long weekend away there is in order! Especially as those donuts look incredible!!

    H x


  • Reply Catherine Bagi July 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I really enjoy your blog. It’s not only interesting, international but also Fun!!
    However, I am 50years + and my husband and I love food trucks and all different venues for eating. In fact prefer them to traditional restaurants. Please try not to think that we have to live our lives in “age blocks”. It’s too narrow a way of thinking or living. Be free to know people of all ages.
    Everyone has something good to give.
    Keep growing stronger!!

    • Reply Holly Becker July 21, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      @Catherine – Not sure why you think that, but I never said that.

  • Reply Cate July 21, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    yeah we definitely have some fab food trucks here in Berlin, I especially enjoy Mongolian and Korean food :) Do let me know if you want any recommendations for next week xx

  • Reply Caro July 23, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Actually I too got the impression you did infer that

    “our decision-makers over at city hall are not innovative or fresh and are seriously boring. They sink a lot of money into things that are standard and cater to their age group (50+) but little goes to the rest of us, and not into fresh new ideas. “

    • Reply Holly Becker July 24, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Caro – The sentence just says they sink a lot of money into things that cater to their age group, 50+ and little goes to the rest of us. Please don’t read too much into that or between the lines!!!!

  • Reply Verena July 23, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I watched the movie Chef last week in Vienna. Traveld back to Germany over the Weekend and got that book today in the post. I ordered imediately at Amazon after the movie.
    And today your blog post. I love it!

  • Reply Kristin July 25, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Food trucks are a terrific way for great chefs to showcase their talents without restaurant overhead, or to broaden the potential audience for a larger restaurant base – it’s wonderful to see that they’re spreading to other markets!

  • Reply Nina Helmsmüller July 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks for your post, Holly. You got me hooked and I will surely buy the book. And, yes, Hannover is not as innovative as I wish it could be. Nothing more to read between the lines.

  • Reply Samantha August 5, 2015 at 1:27 am

    As one of your older readers, I read and interpreted the sentence you wrote similarly to Catherine and Caro — “our decision-makers over at city hall are not innovative or fresh and are seriously boring. They sink a lot of money into things that are standard and cater to their age group (50+) but little goes to the rest of us, and not into fresh new ideas.” I understand what you meant to say in your description of the ways of the officials, but by also writing that the officials cater to their age group (50+) population, the implication is that this age group might also be standard and are not innovative, fresh and seriously boring. If that is not so, then in what ways are the officials catering to their age group? Why describe an age population at all? Or, one could have described the city’s 50+ age population as receiving the majority of the city’s funds without denigrating them with the opinion/actions of the officials and explain that the younger population is financially underserved to explore innovation.

    • Reply Holly Becker August 5, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      @Samantha – I meant what I said. Our city officials are over 50, some with grandchildren, so they have a different focus on city planning and local interests than a teenager, college kid or even a thirtysomething finds exciting and fresh. There are lots of people over 50 who have great new ideas and fresh voices but when you get a bunch of people together from the same generation and ask them, “Where should the money go for our city this summer?”, they aren’t going to all vote for, “Alternative rock concert with a handmade market”. They will most likely go for something more suited to what they, as a group, like to do with their families and friends. This is why I think every city needs to call upon its young people, to see what they love and need, because all age groups matter, all interests matter.

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