Belgian Cafe Culture

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"North or South, the soul of Belgium is in its cafes. I don't know of any book that captures their soul more beautifully and accurately than this one." - Joe Stange, CAMRA's Good Beer Guide Belgium


This book is an ode to Belgium's traditional beer cafes, to their landlords and -ladies, and to the regular customers who have become part of the interior. It is also a plea to handle the cafe patrimony of Belgium with the greatest care. Because we have been taking these little cafes for granted for far too long and now their existence has become fragile, despite the fact that they are an important part of our social and cultural heritage.


Regula Ysewijn is a Belgian culinary historian, writer, and photographer. She focuses on food and social history or Britain and the Low countries and consults for organisations such as the UK's National Trust, TV programmes and museums. Ysewijn is the author of six books among which: Pride and Pudding and Oats in the North, Wheat From the South have received international acclaim. She is also a judge on the Flemish version of the Great British Bake Off.


For this book Regula visited 45 traditional cafes in Belgium. From the oldest cafe in the country (it opened in 1515) to the oldest Belgian cafe landlady, Juliette, who is 96. She visited cafes with beautiful Art Deco interiors, and cafes with the charm and warmth of a living room. In each of these establishments she talked to the landlords and -ladies and to the people who have become part or the soul of these cafes, and she managed to capture all of this in beautiful, touching photographs.

 

  •  170 x 240 x 29.97mm | 956g