The author is Guyanese by birth, but has spent much of her adult life living in the Netherlands, where she developed an enduring admiration for local baked goods. According to Pagrach-Chandra, the secret to Dutch baking is good butter, which is widely available in the Netherlands. Partly based on the author's earlier book, Windmills in my Oven (Prospect Books, 2002), which appeared in English, Het Nederlands Bakboek is written for the local market and reads like a love letter to traditional Dutch baking.
Het Nederlands Bakboek was recently nominated as a finalist in the Dutch Cookbook Category of the Kookboek van het Jaar 2012 (the Netherlands' annual cookbook awards).
Pagrach-Chandra shares the stories behind some of the Netherlands' most beloved baked goods, and presents this information along with useful ingredient- and baking tips and easy to follow recipes that are suitable for home bakers of all levels. She also outlines how industrialization has impacted Dutch bakers. It is this combination of finger-licking recipes and fascinating historical text, along with beautiful photography and delicious design that makes the book as much a practical cookbook as an amazing armchair read. It's a must for home cooks with an interest in Dutch food culture or anyone looking to broaden their baking repertoire. In fact, this cookbook is high on our list as the perfect present for baking enthusiasts, who are sure to find it as much a treat as the recipes themselves.