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“..and one shall drink good wine and eat all things that make the heart rejoice”


Thomas van der Noot edited and published Dutch literary texts and scientific books.  He belonged to one of the prominent Brussels families.  He trained in Lyon and Paris then worked in Antwerp before settling in  Brussels.  In 1514 he published the first cookbook in Dutch “Een Notabel Boecxken van Cokeryen” ( A Notable Little Book of Cookery).  That same year he also published the first Dutch translation of Magninus of Milan’s Regimen Sanitatis (Rule of Health), a book on health and hygiene.

In the sixteenth century the Dutch and Flemish were known for their plant and vegetable production.  In the seventeenth century they earned the reputation as the best-fed population in Europe.  They ate fish, butter, cheese, fruits, vegetables and imported foodstuff from their colonial empire.  They drank wine from France, Italy, and Spain.  There were government-enforced regulation to protect the consumers against bad food and hygiene.

Tregement der ghesontheyt, Magninus Mediolanensis.Brussels, Thomas van der Noot, 1514. Koninklijke Bibliotheek.

There is a quote to accompany the woodcut of a family eating and drinking wine.  “For consumption there is no better remedy than to be merry at heart, and one shall drink goat’s milk and eat fresh hens’ eggs that have been softly boiled… and one shall drink good wine and eat all things that make the heart rejoice, for sadness leads people to melancholy and despondency, and that causes consumption.”

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