Amsterdam

Dutch cuisine

07 Dec 2016

Dutch cuisine has a long and interesting history and includes everything from hearty family meals to the lightest of pastries. But let's face it. The Netherlands isn't really known for its food. In fact, it has built quite a reputation for stodgy fare. Perhaps this is due to the abundance of heavy potato-based dishes in the Dutch diet.

Actually, the Dutch can only blame themselves for their bland cuisine, which is ironic when you consider that they ruled the spice trade for a 100 years. In fact, they cooked some very exciting dishes until the beginning of the 19th century when frugality became fashionable. You only have to look at the stunning old Dutch still lifes to see that there was a lot of passion for great food in Holland and a desire to flaunt it. These still lifes were even called pronk pieces (to pronk means to show off). After its heyday in the 17th century, the Netherlands lost many of its colonial possessions to the British in the Anglo-Dutch wars. This loss of wealth, coupled with a growing population that put pressure on natural resources, meant that most people had to tighten their belts. They simply couldn't afford to eat such a wide variety of foods any longer.

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