Va­ri­ety is the spice of life


Dur­ing a nor­mal work­ing day at Spot­light, I spend my time writ­ing, edit­ing, at­tend­ing meet­ings and plan­ning up­com­ing is­sues. The past few weeks, though, have been dif­fer­ent. Our fo­cus in this is­sue is on food, so I set up my lap­top in a cor­ner of my kitchen at home and spent some happy hours pre­par­ing dishes to share with you. It wasn’t hard to de­cide which recipes to choose: the pie is not only a very Bri­tish dish, my Ger­man mum learned to bake pies from her English mother-in-law, so I called up my mother when I got stuck some­where be­tween the pas­try and the fill­ing. Join me in the kitchen on page 12. If you pre­fer to read about food rather than cook or bake, why not take a culi­nary trip around the English-speak­ing world with Spot­light au­thors who share their favourite meals, desserts and snacks with you? The jour­ney be­gins on page 18.

You can also feast on the lan­guage of food. In the lan­guage sec­tion of the mag­a­zine, you’ll find lots of words and phrases to do with cook­ing and eat­ing, from the vo­cab­u­lary of the kitchen to the words you’ll need to plan a party. Start read­ing and learn­ing on page 50. Fi­nally, in our My Life in English col­umn (page 78), one of Ger­many’s youngest vint­ners, Ju­lia Seyf­fardt, tells us about her ex­pe­ri­ences of work­ing at a win­ery in South Africa. Cheers!

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