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Dutch Cookbook Review — Het Nederlands Bakboek

By November 13, 2012

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Het Nederlands Bakboek

In Het Nederlands Bakboek, author Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra demonstrates that when it comes to baking, the Netherlands has a long and proud tradition and a unique baking culture with a true identity. Her cookbook reads like a love letter to traditional Dutch baking, with plenty of tips and traditional recipes, placed within a historical context by the author, who is also a food historian. Read our full review of Het Nederlands Bakboek.

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November 14, 2012 at 3:06 am
(1) Gaitri says:

Thank you for the glowing review!
May I comment on your/the reviewer’s point about what you feel to have been omitted? One is always constrained by space when writing a book. Wentelteefjes are not a baked product – apart from the fact that they are made from bread, neither are they typically Dutch. Tompoezen may be well-loved here, but that does not make them Dutch either – or even very special, for that matter. They are known as Napoleons and Vanilla Slices in many English speaking countries. Stroopwafels are – as I say in my book – not an item that the home cook should attempt. They require phenomenal skill as well as very specialist equipment. I could perhaps have included Banketstaaf and Pepernoten – alas, choices had to be made and I felt that other items needed the space. Thanks again for the lovely review!

November 14, 2012 at 10:26 am
(2) dutchfood.guide@about.com says:

Wow, I’m flattered that you found my review so quickly! Indeed, wentelteefjes and tompoezen are known outside the Netherlands, but they are also quintessential nursery foods here in Holland and you will find that they’re a big part of every Dutch person’s cherished childhood memories, perhaps more so than ‘mueslibollen’, which have been included in the book. As a reviewer one has to take a critical view and I otherwise loved everything about this lovely cookbook as I’m sure you can glean from the very positive review. Again, nice to hear from you!

November 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm
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November 15, 2012 at 6:26 am
(4) dutchfood.guide@about.com says:

Thanks for the encouragement and compliments Giftanniversary! Always nice to be appreciated.

February 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm
(5) celia dabare says:

is there an english publication? i want to get ine…or I get a Dutch friend quickly…??? My link is from BREADLAB website.

February 24, 2013 at 10:55 am
(6) dutchfood says:

The same author also published a version of the book in English as ‘Windmills in my oven’. A quick search on the internet should give you some leads on where to buy it – perhaps second-hand if it”s out of print.

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