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10 Best Belgian Cookbooks: Top 20 Belgian Desserts, Main Courses And Drinks To Try At Home!

In Belgium, food plays an essential part in the country’s culture, and this country is only just beginning to be recognized as a gastronomic destination. Just like the country is divided linguistically and Belgium is also distributed in terms of food. For instance, Flemish cuisine has a strong Dutch influence, while Wallonian cooking uses a wide variety of sauces and is very similar to French cuisine.

Despite these differences, most Belgian dishes from desserts to main courses are washed down with a glass of wine or national drink (beer). Why don’t you grab a drink and follow the delicious recipes in the 10 Belgian cookbooks to create some of the top Belgian foods in your kitchen?

The Taste of Belgium

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“What a beautifully written and photographed book. Its emphasis on local ingredients and the rustic family fare is key…it makes clear the Belgian lifestyle is to invest the time and care to cook good food.”- S. Roberts

Cooking these yummy dishes will become extremely simple with detailed step-by-step instructions from the author. Many beautiful photos also accompany the book. For each recipe, the author always prioritizes the use of local ingredients, and rustic elements are the key to family dishes. It can be seen that the Belgians always take the time to cook delicious food. In this book, you will have access to 250 of the best recipes of Belgian cuisine such as:

  • Belgium’s last gratin
  • Flemish carrot soup
  • Belgian Ganache Tart
  • Macaroons with fresh fruits and small chocolate cakes

About the author: Ruth Van Waerebeek is a Belgium international chef, cookbook author, and an adventurous traveler. The author was born and raised in the medieval Ghent, where she learned to cook with her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In the 1990s, Ruth Van Waerebeek worked as a full-time lecturer at a culinary arts school in New York.

She is also the author of the “Everybody Eats Well in Belgium Cookbook: 250 Recipes from a Rich Culinary Tradition” book below.

Everybody Eats Well in Belgium Cookbook: 250 Recipes from a Rich Culinary Tradition

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“The recipes come with introductions and are very detailed”- Ladybug

” Everybody Eats Well in Belgium Cookbook: 250 Recipes from a Rich Culinary Tradition” contains recipes for dishes like main courses, desserts, and cakes. 

In addition, you will also be provided 250 most delicious Belgian recipes, detailed instructions with beautiful illustrations, and a list of the essential ingredients to create classic and healthy Belgian dishes.

Some recipes are included in this book:

  • Veal Stew with Dumplings, Mushrooms, and Carrots
  • Potato and Leek Stoemp
  • Smoked Trout Mousse with Watercress Sauce
  • Braised Partridge with Cabbage and Abbey Beer
  • Gratin of Belgian Endives
  • Belgian Chocolate Ganache Tart
  • Lace Cookies from Brugge
  • Almond Cake with Fresh Fruit Topping

About the author: Ruth Van Waerebeek and Maria Robbins are the authors of this book. Ruth Van Vaerebeek comes from Ghent’s medieval city, where she learns Belgian cuisine from her great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother.

Ruth Van Waerebeek has worked as a chef at two leading restaurants at Ghent and currently teaches French and Belgian cooking at Peter Kumps New York Cooking School.

Recipes From A Belgian Kitchen: 60 Authentic Recipes From Belgium’s Classic Cuisine

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“Delicious, authentic, and easy to cook recipes. The photos are inspiring and invite you on a culinary journey to Belgium. A must-have for a taste of Europe!”- SARAH

Being strongly influenced by its proximity to northern France, Belgian cuisine retains homely traits, rustic from its medieval past. Belgian cooking mixes haute cuisine with comfort food.

This book brings together all the best of Belgian kitchens in a concise and beautifully presented format. You can discover the complex tastes and sophisticated techniques of Belgian cuisine through 60 delicious recipes here.

About the author: Suzanne Vandyck is the founder of Worldchefs International LLC and the Bay Area “Kona Kai International Women’s Club”, which meets monthly to share international culinary and cultural information.

Suzanne Vandyck graduated top of her class as a Sommelier certified by the Guild of Sommeliers. She also organizes private and public Food and Wine pairing events/ workshops, and acts as an international wine consultant.

She is also the cookbook author of “Healthy Cooking with Vita Clay” and “The Food and Cooking of Belgium” will be mentioned below.

The Food and Cooking of Belgium: Traditions Ingredients Tastes Techniques Over 60 Classic Recipes

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“Full-color pictures, detailed expose on Belgium’s culinary culture, and recipes that are easy to follow and taste great.”- ThatsWhatJenniSaid

In this cookbook, you will find 60 recipes for simple, rustic Belgian dishes with a mild, natural flavor. These easy-to-use recipes provide detailed step-by-step instructions. In particular, it includes many colorful illustrations of Belgian cuisine as well as landscapes to inspire readers.

As well as the “Recipes From A Belgian Kitchen: 60 Authentic Recipes From Belgium’s Classic Cuisine” book above, this book also brings you a selection of the best Belgian recipes.

The Belgian Cookbook

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“This cookbook is elegant. Recipes are captivating and are a perfect thing for a cook who wants a change of pace or new feats to master”- Nathaniel H.

This cookbook is more useful as a source of ideas than an actual cookbook. The author will share the recipes with clear and easy-to-follow instructions so that anyone can create delicious authentic Belgian food.

About the author: Various is a writer with a great passion for gastronomy. It was a great source of inspiration for the author to publish many recipes every year. Some other typical books are:

  • MAD Magazine (2018-) #15
  • The Abridged Version of “Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 354”
  • The Abridged Version of “Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, August 20, 1887.”
  • The Abridged Version of “Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93
  • Punchinello Volume 1 No. 16
  • The Wonders of Prayer(Annotated): A Record of Well Authenticated and Wonderful Answers to Prayer

The Belgian Cook Book

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“Recipes are generally easy and possible to make. Mrs. Brian Luck would have been a fascinating and entertaining person to know! Her spunky commentary and surprising bits of wisdom make this book a keeper.”- Kathleen Corbin

“The Belgian Cook Book” includes standard Belgian recipes sent in by Belgian refugees from all parts of the UK and many other contributors.

The recipes in this cookbook use a wide variety of ingredients and are provided with clear instructions. Furthermore, the author also shares a lot of knowledge about cooking techniques so that you can be ready to experiment with Belgian dishes immediately.

In the preface, Brian Luck stated that this book could be intended for “workaday and inexperienced mistress and maid.”

About the author: Mrs. Brian Luck does not provide biographical notes about herself. She has extensive experience in processing and displaying traditional dishes of Belgian. This book contains the essence of Brian Luck’s culinary art.

150 Dutch & Belgian Recipes: Discover The Authentic Tastes Of Two Classic Cuisines

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“This is a fantastic cookbook……the pictures, history, & recipes are great. The recipes I have tried turned out good. This is my absolute favorite cookbook.”- Wannabe Cook

This book offers a variety of delicious recipes as well as high Belgian beverages.

In the first 45 pages, the author will include chapters on the culinary history and culture of both regions and an introduction to the typical foods and beverages. Next, you will be presented with 200 beautifully illustrated simple recipe pages with about 3-7 colorful photos per recipe. In addition to the stunning photographs, you will also be offered beneficial alternative ingredients.

About the author: “150 Dutch & Belgian Recipes: Discover The Authentic Tastes Of Two Classic Cuisines” is a beautiful blend of the profound insights of Janny de Moor and Suzanne Vandyck. Besides, there are a few other suggested books by the two authors for your reference:

  • Recipes from My Dutch Kitchen: Explore the unique and delicious cuisine of the Netherlands with over 350 photographs
  • Dutch Cooking: Traditions, Ingredients, Tastes & Techniques
  • Dutch Culinary Art 400 Years of Festive Cooking
  • Recipes From A Belgian Kitchen: 60 Authentic Recipes From Belgium’s Classic Cuisine
  • The Food and Cooking of Belgium: Traditions Ingredients Tastes Techniques Over 60 Classic Recipes

What’s Cooking in Belgium: Recipes and Stories from a Food-loving Nation

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“It is the type of cookbook that is just as interesting to sit down and read as it is to cook. Great price for a very nice book.”- Mrs. C

After talking to chefs and farmers, curators and historians up and down Belgium, Anna Jenkinson and Neil Evans put together a book of recipes containing stories explaining Belgium’s love affair with food. They spent a lot of time traveling from the North Sea coast (West) to the Ardennes forest (East) to learn the secret of making Belgian chips.

The recipes are illustrated with stunning photographs by Diane Hendrikx; this is a cookbook that can live in the kitchen or even on your coffee table.

About the author: Anna Jenkinson and Neil Evans are two British natives who have spent most of their lives in Belgium.

Anna Jenkinson graduated from Oxford University with over 15 years of journalism experience. She has many articles about life in Belgium that have been published in international and local newspapers.

Neil Evans is a very passionate cook. Growing up in Belgium, he experimented with traditional Belgian dishes first. Over the years, Neil has bought and inherited a considerable collection of Belgian cookbooks dating back more than one hundred years.

The Best Belgian Waffle Cookbook: Tons of Amazing Recipes to Make the Perfect Belgian Waffles

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“It’s awesome. I’ve been making each kind every day for a week now.”- Christopher Knupp

A fluffy Belgian waffle is a thing that attracts people the most. If you own a Belgian waffle maker, then you’re half the way, and now all that’s left is this recipe book. Belgian waffle not only for breakfast but with a variety of recipes available in the book, you can also make a great lunch or dinner. With this cookbook, you will be able to easily make so many types of waffles even if you won’t know where to start.

About the author: Anthony Boundy is a food blogger with a deep understanding of many different cuisines in the world. If you love her recipes, you can read some of her other popular books:

  • German Style Recipes: An Illustrated Cookbook of European Dish Ideas!
  • Mouthwatering Miso Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Asian Miso Dish Ideas!
  • The Soup for Everyone Cookbook: Enjoy the Comfort of Soup
  • Scrumptious Skillet Recipes: Your Go-to Cookbook of Quick & Easy Dish Ideas!
  • Shabu Shabu Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Japanese Dish Ideas!
  • The Whoopie-Pie Lover’s Recipe Book: The Complete Whoopie-Pie Cookbook for Irresistible Treats
  • The Big Banana Bread Cookbook: Delicious and Easy to Follow Banana Bread Recipes

A Belgian Cookbook

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“Excellent cookbook”- Noel Molloy

This excellent cookbook introduces you to recipes from all over Belgium in detail. The book’s unique feature is that the methods are divided on a regional basis, so you can cook typical Belgian dishes while also getting to know the culinary characteristics of different regions.

About the author: “A Belgian Cookbook” is written by Juliette Elkon. More than just a food writer, Juliette Elkon writes on other topics, and here are a few other books you can check out:

  • The Honey Cookbook
  • Menus for entertaining: 72 parties and 400 recipes for the good cook and hostess
  • Edith Cavell: Heroic Nurse

We hope you like this post and finally find out your favorite Belgian cookbooks. Meanwhile, we welcome you to explore our site and discover more cookbook recommendations from the same cuisine below.

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Doris Frasier

Hi. I'm Doris! I am a foodie that has traveled to 78 countries and loves trying cuisines from different countries. I try anything related to food and share my opinions on this blog. Send me a message with any requests!
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