Ok. This one is really off-topic for a guitar forum. My husband and I got into a discussion of potato salad last night. My family is mostly English American--of Quaker bsckground-- pretty rigid and not until my generation, exactly open to cultural diversity. One of my grandmothers, however, was born in Germany and came to the U.S. At age 5. Much of her marriage was during and after WWII, and my grandfather tepressed the poor woman's culture pretty severely. The only German family recipe we have is for potato pancakes, that are so rich, and were so much to my grandfather's taste that we still make them, although in my weird twist I often make them at Hannukah, and call them "my goyische latkes." My husband always had thought of potato salad as German, because when he first arrived in the U.S. he knew a very old German immigrant who used to joke he married his wife only for her potato salad.
I know much less than I would like to about German culture and cooking. However, I grew up in Wisconsin hearing about "German potato salad" which a lot of other families made but not ours. I have only tried it at cheap buffet restaurants which is not a good example, but the dressing seems to be sweet and sour, based on vinegar and oil-- not mayonnaise, and it seems to contain bacon. Our family recipe comes from my English Canadian grandmother and is based on mayonnsise (although it is not the greasy mayonnaise souo I see at cheap restsurants.) We do not know if this recipe is actually English or North Americsn, snd we also don't know if German people make potato salad, and if so, what it is like. There seem to be goid cooks among forum members. Is there potato salad in Germany? If so, what is it like? Do people in England make potato salad? If so, does it contain mayonnsise?