Taste Canada Award finalist
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.
Emily Wight came to love Dutch cuisine when she married into a Dutch family. She is a writer, blogger, and recipe developer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and websites. Her first cookbook was Well Fed, Flat Broke: Recipes for Modest Budgets and Messy Kitchens published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2015. She lives in Vancouver.wellfedflatbroke.com
Emily Wight will open your eyes to an often overlooked cuisine. She offers keen takes on Dutch dishes that combine global influences and traditional tastes, taking the food seriously while not taking herself too seriously. Delicious and dunk-able, Beppe's Butter Cake has spoiled me for life. And where has the Dutch incarnation of poutine -- Hairdresser Fries -- been all this time? In the Netherlands, apparently. If you don't let this book take you there, you're missing out. -Daniel Shumski, author of How to Instant Pot and Will It Waffle?
Dutch Feast is a recipe collection and also a passport -- into a cuisine and culture that has not gotten its due. Emily Wright is a charming guide to almond-flavored Butter Cakes, Sweet Gerties, crispy Bitterballs (an excellent accompaniment to a glass of Dutch beer), and steaming bowls of Stamppot or Mustard Soup. Drawing on Dutch classics, as well as the influences of Indonesia, Surinam, and more, this book will take you on a delicious journey around the world and leave you very well fed. -Tara Austen Weaver, author of Orchard House and The Butcher & The Vegetarian
Dutch Feast is a gorgeous and immensely practical hardcover book full of fantastic photographs and fabulous recipes. Wight's writing is frank, fun and informative, interspersed with interesting details about Dutch history, culture and food. -Kingston Whig-Standard
Dutch Feast, Emily Wight's second cookbook, is a thorough exploration of Dutch cuisine, the world's comfort food. -Vancouver Sun
Dutch Feast is one of the best and most complete cookbooks on Dutch cuisine available to date. -DUTCH the magazine
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