Koeppen describes one whole day in after war Munich (in 1947), therefor he switches into different perspectives and tells a story that finally synchronizes. There are American soldiers, famous actors, a less famous writer (who somehow seems to be something like a main character and a personification of Koeppen himself), Munich women, broke rich men, children and a whole bunch of secondary characters. But all of them have one thing in common: They try to do whatever they can to make a living, they struggle with a situation they were thrown in, they have to face difficulties and some of them even experience the worst or best moments of their life. It is a book about denazification, about followers that just manage to take advantage of every situation and those that finally felt released from a dictator. It also is a book about race discrimination and one that might offer one of the most terrible moments in literature.
Koeppen is a brilliant writer: he exposes his contemporaries and their prejudices, but he also manages to offer a realistic inside of a destroyed country and civil society and a more than interesting perspective on the question how after war civil society dealt with its guilt.
Juniper berries for the win!
For a dish I chose a very simple Bavaria inspired but not too fancy option: I created a a vegan Leberkäs (type of meat loaf that is typical for Bavaria and Austria). As a start I used this recipe and I really recommend having a closer look on the other recipes it offers. As I did not have much time that day, I baked it in a muffin pan, which surprisingly worked perfectly well and halved the baking time.
The cake is something I haven't seen too often, but still a typical Bavarian dish. I made a quick version (means I used puff pastry, which was a very delicious twist) but if you prefer to store it for a few days, I would suggest to go with the more common way and use plain short pastry instead.
that's what vitamin c looks like