In 2013, Annelies Van Wittenberghe, Stijn Soenen and I embarked on a tasty adventure through time. After three years of test dinners, photoshoots, writing and editing our baby was born: a cookbook about the history of food, called Smaak! Een geschiedenis in 120 recepten (Eng. Taste! A history in 120 recipes).

Text: Annelies Van Wittenberghe / Photography: Kim Van Liefferinge / Design: Stijn Soenen

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Pasta à la Apicius / Francesco Leonardi, Apicio Moderno / 1790, Italy
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Carrot cake / Emma Coradi-Stahl, Wie Gritli haushalten lernt / 1904, Zwitserland
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Duck in chocolate sauce / François Massialot, Le Cuisinier Roïal et Bourgeois / 1691, France
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East-Indies Wok / Johanna Catenius-Van der Heijden, Groot Nieuw Volledig Oost-Indisch Kookboek / 1905, Indonesia
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Haddock with tomatoes / Hannah Glase, The Art of Cookery / 1774, Great Britain
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Historical fun facts
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Olive spread / Cato the Elder, De Agricultura / 160 BCE, Italy

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Eggs Lombaert (Sabayon) / Lancelot de Casteau, Ouverture de cuisine / 1604, France
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Scallops / Le Viandier de Taillevent / ca. 1380, France
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Stew of wild boar / Cookbook of Apicius / 1st century CE, Italy
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Eggs Lombaert (Sabayon) / Lancelot de Casteau, Ouverture de cuisine / 1604, France