The Dutch have a rather fascinating relationship with food and drink. On the one hand, they are extremely open to all things foreign. In every Dutch town - no matter how small - you will nd at least one Chinese restaurant, one Italian pizzeria and a kebab shop. Supermarkets sell products from India, Turkey, Morocco, Poland, and nowadays sushi is everywhere. At the same time, the Dutch are mighty proud of their own straightforward cuisine, with dishes that re ect their no-nonsense attitude: Mashed Potatoes and Kale, Mashed Potatoes and Beans, Mashed Potatoes with Apples and Mash with Carrots and Onions... The Dutch also love their traditions, and these traditions come with speci c treats: Rusks with Aniseed Sprinkles when there is a new baby, Fondant and Speculaas Pieces at Sinterklaas celebrations, Apple Fritters and Oily Balls on New Year's Eve and even an edible Sara or Abraham when someone turns fty. In this book, you will nd recipes for all kinds of special occasions and for everyday meals. It also contains some interesting facts about the Netherlands and the traditions of the Dutch.
Have fun, or as the Dutch would say: veel plezier!