For a great many years the Special Collections of the UvA have been collecting old and rare books on food and cookery. Anyone wanting to find out more about the history of cooking can find almost every significant Dutch cookery book from past centuries, as well as a growing number of cookery books from other countries. Apart from cookery books, the collection includes books on diet, nutrition, housekeeping, table decoration, etiquette and other food related subjects. Important parts of the collection are: the library of the Netherlands Bureau for Food and Nutrition Education; the Culinair Museum Amersfoort collection and an increasing part of the Stichting Gastronomische Bibliotheek, the immense collections of the scholar gastronome Johannes van Dam and the food historian Joop Witteveen.
For a short introduction on the History of Food Collection please find our brochure-history-of-food-collection here.
Take a look at (a part of) our collection in the online catalogue.