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Marlene Dietrich's Potsdam Potato Salad

Marlene Dietrich provided us with the perfect icy, cold summer side dish.


The recipe is taken from the book "Ick will wat Feinet" (Berlin slang for "I want something good.") by Georg A. Werth. It was published in 2001 and contained many recipes that were made for Marlene Dietrich during the later years of her life in Paris.


8 medium boiled potatoes

1 onion

½ cucumber

10% wine vinegar salt

white ground pepper

sunflower oil

1 1/2 cup warm meat broth

1 tablespoon of clarified butter preparation


Boil the potatoes in their skins until soft, peel them and let them cool. Cut them into slices, add finely chopped onions, add slices of cucumber, pepper, salt and sunflower oil and finally pour in the warm broth and melted clarified butter. The salad must be nice and moist! You can garnish with half cherry tomatoes / watercress blossoms / chive tips. The potato salad traditionally goes together with BBQ, meatballs, also with fried or scrambled eggs (for vegetarians). It is a very traditional German dish and can even be served at Christmastime as well.

Special Guest

Benjamin Meißner was my special guest. He is President of SOME LIKE IT HOT! The International Marilyn Monroe Fan Club of Germany and editor of MARILYN TODAY magazine. He greatly admirers Marlene Dietrich and has made several visits to the The Deutsche Kinemathek Film Museum in Berlin to study her collection.

My other guest was Meredith Ponedel. She was raised by her aunt Dorothy Ponedel who was the personal make up artist for Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland and many others. Meredith co-authored the book "About Face: The Life and Times of Dottie Ponedel Make-Up Artist to the Stars".

The Final Result

Benjamin took this photo of the final product and suggested letting this potato salad sit in the refrigerator a day or two before serving. The additional time allows the potatoes and onions to soften as they soak up the meat broth. This was easy to make and could pare well with a variety of other foods. It has a very refreshing taste that makes it an excellent recipe to try out during the hot summer months.

Not surprisingly, there were plenty of movie magazine articles about Dietrich's famous beauty, lifestyle and eating habits. Long before modern actresses of today turned into lifestyle gurus, Dietrich wrote a book about her lifestyle back in the early 1960s. It is a fun read and is fairly easy to find on ebay.


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