Dutch Feast

Dutch Feast

Book - 2017
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A modern take on Dutch cuisine that highlights the ways that simple meals bring joy and comfort.

In the same way that British, Scandinavian, and German food have undergone a renaissance in recent years, Dutch cuisine is going to be the next big thing, according to writer and blogger Emily Wight. Her new cookbook reimagines traditional Dutch cooking, which has always been known for its thriftiness and practicality, with an emphasis on the ways that simple meals bring joy and comfort to the people who share them.

Influenced by its colonial history, with bold flavours from places like Indonesia and the West Indies, and by its proximity to its European neighbours, Dutch cooking is surprisingly diverse, and is noted for its celebration of the ritual of the meal as much as the meal itself. From gezellig to borrels , and gado gado to uitsmijter , Dutch Feast delivers unconventional (but familiar) and economical (but indulgent) recipes, and gives you a new excuse to invite everyone over for cold gin and a generous rijsttafel , an elaborate meal featuring a little dish of something for everyone.

Touching on Dutch history and the back stories of traditional ingredients (from licorice to herring to beer), Emily adds charm and sophistication to a cuisine that is wholesome, accessible, and stubbornly delicious.

120 recipes; full-colour throughout.

Publisher: Vancouver :, Arsenal Pulp Press,, 2017
ISBN: 9781551526874
Branch Call Number: 641.59492 WIG 2017
Characteristics: 262 pages


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May 31, 2018

I learned a few interesting things about the Dutch from this cookbook, which intersperses the recipes up with a bit of history, so this was good in that regard. The conversational style is inviting and amusing. There isn't an overwhelming amount of must-try-now recipes in the book, but that is a good thing, because it allowed me to focus on a small section and find some good recipes I can try without a lot of practice and overhead costs. Cookbooks that are too ambitious are ultimately discouraging, because I don't usually have the time or wherewithal to try more than two or three recipes in a month's time. Most of the breakfast section caught my eye and I'm now intent on conquering the Dutch breakfast at my own humble table.

But author Emily Wight: she extolls the virtues of the Dutch in the introduction, talking about their focus on humility, but then brags in the posh way moneyed people do about "enjoying" paprika bitterballs on a sunny patio in Aruba with cold tonics and rums. *eye roll* Really, Emily? Did you now? ;)

Apr 11, 2018

This is a delightful cookbook. The author has a light conversational style as she introduces herself and her family, and their favourite recipes. These great recipes call for ingredients we might already have or can get easily. I tried the Dutch butter cake, the cookies, and the very easy very delicious Dutch macaroni, and they all were successful. My husband gave his stamp of approval so now they are keepers in my recipe binder.

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