Easy meals from masterpieces

EASY FOOD RECIPES INSPIRED BY RIJKS MUSEUM PAINTINGS
“This is a cook book inspired by food representations as seen in the Rijks Museum collection.
The portrayal of food in the paintings of the Rijks Museum collection is greatly admired, although I believe that few people would openly admit that they literally hunger for it.
Most of the paintings I have chosen as my cook book inspiration come from the 17th century, an era of European religious wars but also of expansion and wealth.
I have chosen to write recipes using ingredients which are still part of our culinary practice today. Through this choice, I wanted to stress the continuity in the preference for certain food categories now and then.
I wanted the recipes to be very simple and easy to cook, so that every one can experience how it feels to eat elements featured in a masterpiece!
I wanted to make the cook and the eater imagine they could be part of what inspired a masterpiece.
I wanted to make them make contact with what inspired the great masters and make them feel that art is closer to life than we often think.
Combining the pleasure of seeing to the pleasure of eating is another goal of this work.
I think that if you eat the way the great masters and their contemporaries did, you will enjoy the paintings in a more holistic way.
Most recipes use ingredients you find on the painting.
I name them but it is up to the reader to look for them and find them.
it is not always so easy as you think.
The art of observing is also one prerequisite to enjoy visual art.
In a few exceptions I added some minor details such as a little bit of garlic or olive olive etc.
What changed a lot in the last four centuries is the cooking methods and the ingredients’ combinations.
I added a small touch of „globalization“ in this endeavour by writing recipes that were unknown in 17th century Netherlands, such as the „herring rolls“ (inspired by Asian „summer rolls“) or the mediterranean „tapenade“ or the „sandwich“ etc.
I wanted this book to trigger thoughts to the non specialists on the cultural and historical roots of food we eat now and on its development over the centuries “
Got hungry?
HAPPY APRIL’S FOOLS DAY!
The Cook Book – a joint project by Christoph Ziegler and myself – never won the Rijks Museum competition, was never approved and never published.
We hope it is fun though in times of voluntary self isolation to go through the recipes and realize that art can be indeed nourish your soul and body!

HAPPY APRIL’S FOOLS DAY!
The Cook Book – a joint project by Christoph Ziegler and myself – never won the Rjks Museum competition, was never approved and never published.
We hope it is fun though in times of voluntary self isolation to go through the recipes and realize that art can nourish your soul and body!

 

 

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