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Recipes from the 16e century

The Cockbouck is one of the few remaining cook books of around 1600. It gives us an idea of what people in the South Netherlands liked to eat.

pagina uit een oud boek

Anoniem, Nederlanden, Ca. 1600
Handschrift op papier
Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, Antwerpen, 879834

Sweet spices of overseas origin, such as ginger and cinnamon and cane sugar, were used in abundance. They gave dishes with vegetables, meat and fish a sweet taste. Viki Geunes, chef of the famous restaurant Zilte, selected four recipes from around 1600 from the Cockbouck and came up with a contemporary version.

You can download  the recipes here. Try them at home.

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