It was first published in and has since then been a loyal companion to most luxembourgish housewives. Of course, back in the day, the major aim of the book was to offer every woman advice on how to be the best possible housewife, including information on stocking a pantry, preserving produce, entertaining or managing a household budget. I love the fact that the brand new edition still included the old chapters on table manners, … My mother used to cook from this book, and before her, my grandmother. Some of my favourites as Gromperekichelcher a kind of potato fritters prepared with onion and parsley and served with stewed apples , Kniddelen flour dumplings served with bacon and stewed apples — yes, we love our stewed apples! The same thing goes for a lot of luxembourgish dishes that have been influenced by the culinary traditions of many different countries. France, Germany, Belgium and Italy probably have probably had the biggest impact on our local cooking and eating habits so far.
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Read on to find out why and how her cookbook can help you to cook like a Luxembourger. But, for natives, it has become an established presence in Luxembourg kitchens over the last 80 years. A teacher at a school for housemaids in Esch-sur-Alzette, Thull had studied at the Cordon Bleu school of cookery in Paris.
She shared her cookery know-how in her first book in German , focusing on baking and pastry. There followed other versions, looking at preserving methods and then eventually she combined cooking and pastry. Sauber recently updated the book for modern cooks in a comprehensive, illustrated edition published by Shortgen.
He said: "The book is essentially a history of Luxembourg cooking. From the outset, we wanted to preserve the mindset of the first Ketty Thull books, as a learning book. After being asked to select just recipes, Sauber ended up with a list of Working without images Without images, Sauber had to use his own creative flare when he cooked each dish to be photographed in the new edition, a process which took one-and-a-half months. He also noticed that many recipes were highly fattening in their original format because the lifestyle of the average diner 80 years ago was more physically demanding.
The chef, however, stresses that he stayed as faithful to the original as possible, raiding flea markets to find old-fashioned tableware in which to present the finished recipes. The book retains the theoretical section in which Thull described different cutting techniques, essential kitchen tools, weights and measures and seasoning.
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The cookbook that transformed Luxembourg mealtimes