From Spaansche Pap to Tipsy Cake: Migrant and other influences on foreign content in Dutch nineteenth-century cookbooks

by Kathleen Henry

Institution: Leiden University
Year: 2015
Keywords: History; Migration; Cookbooks; nineteenth century; cosmopolitan
Record ID: 1253342
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/31678


This paper explores how ‘foreignness’, in the form of recipes, was included and excluded from nineteenth century Dutch cookbooks. This was a time of low migration in the Netherlands. However, while other factors, such as political developments, the rise of the middle class and the development of more cosmopolitan identities were all important, the influence of migrants over the inclusion of foreign content in the cookbooks should not be discounted. The openness of Dutch society to these culinary innovations was indicative of attitudes in other spheres.