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Book review: Luilekkerland, 400 years of cooking in the Netherlands

door Linda Terrizzi

I don't do it often, because I often run out of time… but sometimes, very occasionally a book appears on the market that you HAVE to write something about. This is one of those: Lekkerland by Onno and Charlotte Kleyn. This father-and-daughter team made a wonderful summary of 400 years of 'cooking in the Netherlands'.

He is a culinary writer with more than 40 books to his name and she is a historian with a master's degree in Food History. I mean… if anyone can tell you anything about the (cooking) history of our country, it's them!

domestic history

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Dutch history. And especially, as they say so beautifully in English “domestic history”. You could translate this as "household history". The famous people and the dates of battles can be stolen from me, but how a simple soul lived a few centuries ago, that is interesting!

What did people eat in the Middle Ages? How did a 19th century kitchen maid cook? What tools and ingredients did they use? You will find answers to all these (and more!) questions in the beautiful book 'Luilekkerland'.

Recipes and background

Big bonus: in addition to the enormous amount of explanation, background and beautiful photos, there are also 60 historical recipes in the book! A nice surprise was the pistachio pie on page 39. I had no idea that it was already made in the Netherlands in 1724 (!). And I secretly had to laugh a bit when I read that green food coloring (spinach juice and chard leaves) was already being used at that time. So not much has changed…

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And how about this pudding that is very much like it our kesio seems?


Antillean cuisine

After reading the book, I therefore found out again how much the Antillean kitchen owes to the Dutch, and how extensive that old Dutch kitchen actually is. You often hear that people think that Dutch food always consists of boiled potatoes, bland vegetables and a piece of meat, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Only in the crisis and war years of the last century did things go a bit 'wrong' with the kitchen: at first everything was not affordable, then there were no more ingredients available at all. When coupons finally disappeared in 1949 and people had some money to spend again, American influences quickly hit the market. Canned food, packets of instant pudding and sauce, ready meals… oops!

in 'LuilekkerlandSo you can read that it hasn't always been that way. And fortunately, that it is no longer the case!

Where can I find Luilekkerland?

The book is available in all (internet) bookstores, and for example at Bol.com. It costs €24,99 and for that you get 288 pages of history, photos, recipes and a lot of background information.

It is without a doubt my new favorite cookbook. I mean… 8 pages of sources, the oldest of which is from 1393, wow!

And do you want to follow Charlotte online? You can do that via her instagram account, @CharlotteKleyn.

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