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NOTES ON KRAUT, ROCK, AND KRAUTROCK

For those of you who can’t get enough of eardrum-corroding German industrial music and love to putter around in the kitchen, take heart: There’s a delightful site on the Web called Einstürzende Neueküchen, which bills itself as “a virtual cookbook of recipes contributed by the worldwide society of supporters and fans of Einstürzende Neubauten.” Not only do fans of the cumbersomely named German band, featured on page 36 of The Rock Snob*s Dictionary, now have a place to exchange their secret formulas for spoon bread and melon-habanero salsa (for real!), but the band members themselves kick in a few of their own culinary can’t-misses. Our favorite is chief Neubaten-er Blixa Bargeld’s recipe for “Blixa’s Tintenfisch Risotto (Squid Risotto).”

In other culinary news related to German music, Mojo this month scores a rare interview with Kraftwerk main man-machine Ralf Hutter, who has this to say about the term “Krautrock”:

“This is a term we would never use. Nobody in Germany knows this term. We don’t eat sauerkraut. It simply doesn’t exist. If you find it in Germany, it has been brought in from the outside.”

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