About the cookbook
Cooking is art. Cooking is history. This can be seen in the Rijksmuseum, where thousands of objects testify to the Netherlands’ rich culinary history and the prominent role food and drink play in art. Another place where you can find art is on your plate at the RIJKS® Restaurant. More than reason enough for the Rijksmuseum to publish this cookbook. This is not simply a book of recipes, but rather an inventory of 50 typical Dutch ingredients ranging from asparagus to wild boar. Each ingredient features in both a raditional and a modern dish concocted by 50 leading Dutch chefs and pastry chefs. Returning to the basis, to the sampler of Dutch cuisine, they inspire you to see ingredients and dishes you have known for years in a surprising new light.
The fame of the masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum’s collections makes it one of the most famous museums in the world. But besides masterpieces like The Milkmaid by Vermeer, Self-portrait by Van Gogh, The Merry Family by Jan Steen and Rembrandt’s Night Watch, there are many other pieces in the collection that could take you by surprise and capture your imagination. No matter how old you are, or where you’re from, you’ll discover something new at the Rijksmuseum. And for that, you don’t even need to leave your chair – the museum features a wide range of online exhibitions and digitally accessible works of art.
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