The Taste of Belgium – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of The Taste of Belgium by Ruth Van Waerebeek in our giveaway below open to US/CA/UK/AU/NZ.

Belgium is a country that boasts many Michelin-starred restaurants and it is sometimes said that Belgian food is served in the quantity of German cuisine but with the quality of French cuisine. It’s a country where home cooks – and everyone, it seems, is a great home cook – spend copious amounts of time thinking about, shopping for, preparing, discussing, and celebrating food. With its hearty influences from Germany and Holland, herbs straight out of a medieval garden, and condiments and spices from the height of Flemish culture, Belgian cuisine is elegant comfort food at its best– slow-cooked, honest and satisfying, perfect for a Sunday lunch, a dinner party, or a casual family gathering.

Here in Ruth Van Waerebeek’s wonderful compendium of 250 delicious recipes, is the best of Belgian cuisine. It is a cuisine that traditionally prizes regional and seasonal ingredients and there are dishes in this comprehensive collection using all the ingredients synonymous with the country: endives, mussels, herrings, white asparagus, Brussels sprouts, mustard, beer, and chocolate. There are national dishes such as waterzooi, moules frites, hutsepot, stoemp and of course waffles. For the adventurous cook, there is much to explore in this varied and perhaps unfamiliar cuisine. As the Belgians say since everybody has to eat three times a day, why not make a feast of every meal?

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Thanks to the publisher for providing three copies of the above-referenced title in our giveaway open to EYB Members in the US, UK, CA, NZ and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Shelley.b  on  December 15, 2019

    Prawn croquettes

  • matag  on  December 15, 2019

    Belgian meatballs braised in beer with endives

  • Tanner14  on  December 15, 2019

    I adore Belgium. Have visited the country many many times. Would love to try Gratin of mussels on a bed of spinach, as my favorite meal to eat there is mussels and pomme frites

  • RickPearson54  on  December 15, 2019

    prawn croquettes

  • fmd518  on  December 15, 2019

    Creamy cucumber salad with chervil

  • LeMinou  on  December 15, 2019

    Belgian meatballs braised in beer with endives

  • ravensfan  on  December 15, 2019

    Pork chops Brussels style (Varkenskoteletjes op z’n Brussels / Cotes de porc a la Bruxelloise)

  • Kristjudy  on  December 15, 2019

    Fried cheese croquettes

  • lacinda1968  on  December 15, 2019

    Belgian meatballs

  • DarcyVaughn  on  December 15, 2019

    Flemish beef stew cooked in beer

  • jhomsher  on  December 15, 2019

    I am an avid lover of Belgian cuisine since my days of working and traveling in Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. I would love to win this cookbook to help me master some of my favorite dishes. I love mussels and I love endive salad and the crisp sweet and sour cucumbers.

  • GregH  on  December 15, 2019

    Poached chicken with veal dumplings and rice

  • ebs  on  December 15, 2019

    Golden rice custard (Rijstpap / Riz-au-lait)

  • percussion03  on  December 15, 2019

    Flemish yeast dough for pie crust

  • miggsy  on  December 15, 2019

    Belgian meatballs braised in beer with endives

  • WortAndCurd  on  December 16, 2019

    The Vineyard Salad

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  December 16, 2019

    Belgian sugar bread.

  • Lisanne624  on  December 16, 2019

    Pork Chops Brussels Style

  • Veronik  on  December 16, 2019

    The celeriac soup!

  • jifar  on  December 16, 2019

    Flemish rice custard pie, had a fabulous one in Brussels many years ago.

  • antpantsii  on  December 16, 2019

    On page one of the index three recipes jumped out
    -Asparagus, Flemish style
    -Poached Leeks with shallot Parsley vinaigrette
    -Filled Belgian endive leaves with Roquefort filling
    Can’t wait for page 2

  • jinni  on  December 16, 2019

    Right away, I’d try the stoemp, mashed potatoes with winter vegetables. In the early spring, Chicken suprêmes with asparagus and herbs (Kipfilet met tuinkruiden en asperges / Blancs de poulet aux herbes vertes et asperges)

  • Pizzacat13  on  December 16, 2019

    Watercress Sauce- sounds great for fries or fish.

  • melspot  on  December 16, 2019

    Gratin of Brussel Sprouts, or any of the pork recipes! Looks like a great book. Thanks

  • riley  on  December 16, 2019

    Chocolate mousse: Jeanne’s variation

  • dbranigan27  on  December 16, 2019

    There are so many great recipes in this. I would definiitely try the Beef stewed in red wine with pearl onions and mushrooms (Gestoofd rundsvlees op z’n Limburgs / Boeuf sauté a la Limbourgeoise)

  • kimbolarson  on  December 16, 2019

    Marie’s red beet salad.

  • hdh74  on  December 16, 2019

    Belgian meatballs braised in beer with endives

  • Hihelen  on  December 16, 2019

    Given the season it would gave to be the turkey with mushroom forcemeat stuffing

  • MarciK  on  December 16, 2019

    Smoked trout mousse

  • thecharlah  on  December 16, 2019

    Eels in green herb sauce (Paling in’t groen / Anguilles au vert)

  • elizamatt  on  December 16, 2019

    So many fantastic recipes, I’d make Leek tart first.

  • Shelmar  on  December 16, 2019

    Flemish onion soup with cheese

  • MiMi60  on  December 16, 2019

    Red cabbage salad

  • filmster  on  December 17, 2019

    Leek tart (Prei taart / Flamiche) (page 59)

  • BatshevaR  on  December 17, 2019

    Poached leeks in shallot-parsley vinaigrette

  • sarahawker  on  December 17, 2019

    Stuffed tomatoes

  • lapsapchung  on  December 17, 2019

    Braised partridge with cabbage and abbey beer (Partijs op z’n Ardeens / Perdrix au chou blanc)

  • Bubbles17  on  December 17, 2019

    Flemish beef stew cooked in beer

  • Siegal  on  December 17, 2019

    How to flambé sounds fun and maybe dangerous 😏

  • lselke  on  December 17, 2019

    Waterzooi of chicken, then moules mariniere.

  • Blackeyedsusans  on  December 17, 2019

    Tomatoes stuffed with prawns, crab and lobster

  • jd5761  on  December 17, 2019

    Belgian meatballs for me

  • calguire  on  December 17, 2019

    Aunt Lucette’s waterzooi of scallops

  • hillsboroks  on  December 17, 2019

    I would make My Grandmother’s Cream of Cauliflower Soup.

  • kmn4  on  December 17, 2019

    Cream of Brussels sprouts soup (Spruitjesroomsoep / Potage aux choux de Bruxelles)

  • tcjanes  on  December 18, 2019

    Flemish beef stew cooked in beer.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  December 18, 2019

    I’d like to make the warm green bean and potato salad from Liège (Warme Luikse sla / Salade Liegeoise).

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  • Cheffinlay  on  December 18, 2019

    Smoked herring with Bean Salad from Ostend is the first recipe I would try for an authentic Belgian flavour

  • tinkamasala  on  December 18, 2019

    Creamy cucumber salad with chervil

  • tinkamasala  on  December 18, 2019

    Smoked trout mousse

  • YasmineAmber  on  December 19, 2019

    Belgian fried cheese croquettes

  • chefthomas  on  December 19, 2019

    Marie’s red beet salad

  • Hasey  on  December 20, 2019

    The deep fried cheese balls look wickedly good

  • elsid22  on  December 20, 2019

    Creamy cucumber salad with chervil

  • mpdeb98  on  December 21, 2019

    Pork chops Brussels style

  • trudys_person  on  December 21, 2019

    Grandmother’s Sugar Tart!

  • roxlet  on  December 22, 2019

    Flemish beef stew. I had a great one in Antwerp and would love to try my hand at it!

  • Dannausc  on  December 22, 2019

    Homemade fresh cheese

  • purrviciouz  on  December 22, 2019

    my mother’s meatloaf

  • sequoia55  on  December 23, 2019

    Flemish beef stew cooked in beer

  • Mehdi1963  on  December 23, 2019

    Salad from Ardennes

  • LaurenE  on  December 23, 2019

    prawn croquettes

  • htomren  on  December 23, 2019

    Chicken braised in beer with Belgian endives (Mechelse koekoek op zijn Brussels / Coucou de Malines aux chicons)

  • debbiehb  on  December 23, 2019

    Bay scallops on a bed of Belgian endives

  • ChrisU_AU  on  December 24, 2019

    Marinated pickled herring fillets (Rollmops / Harengs saur a la daube)

  • Steben  on  December 25, 2019

    Fried cheese croquettes

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  December 27, 2019

    Poached leeks in a shallot-parsley vinaigrette (Prei op Vlaamse wijze / Poireaux a la Flamande) found on page 15

  • kayswo  on  December 27, 2019

    Gratin of Belgian endives

  • BMeyer  on  December 27, 2019


  • Vanderpham  on  December 27, 2019

    Belgian steamed mussels!

  • Armibakes  on  December 28, 2019

    Homemade fresh cheese

  • Jennifer7  on  December 28, 2019

    The gratin of mussles

  • Karenskitchen  on  December 29, 2019

    Pork chops Brussels style

  • AJL123  on  December 29, 2019

    First I would try the creamy cucumber salad with chervil

  • lydiasa  on  December 29, 2019

    I would love to try the Fillet of sole with leeks and chervil butter.

  • Judyfos  on  December 29, 2019

    Belgian meatballs braised in beer with endives

  • ARackerby  on  December 29, 2019

    Tomato soup with little meatballs (Tomatensoep met ballekes / Soupe aux tomates et quenelles de viande)

  • Monika1  on  December 30, 2019

    Flemish meat balls – heavenly. Tasted and eaten in Antwerp!

  • kendrahaha  on  December 30, 2019

    The Flemish Beef Stew Cooked In Beer sounds perfect for winter. Followed by the Cinnamon-Scented Prune Tart!

  • maisietoo  on  December 31, 2019

    I’d like to try Pork Chops Brussels style.

  • scarlet_woman  on  December 31, 2019

    The salade liégeoise

  • Plumbobmummy  on  December 31, 2019

    Sweet and sour cucumbers with chives

  • maggz19671  on  December 31, 2019

    Belgian meatballs braised in beer with endives – devine

  • Sfgordon  on  January 1, 2020

    Flemish carrot soup

  • lpatterson412  on  January 1, 2020

    Homemade fresh cheese

  • dhalstead  on  January 1, 2020

    Belgian Chocolate Ganache Tart #AU

  • martinealarge  on  January 2, 2020

    Fried cheese croquettes

  • wildchild  on  January 2, 2020

    Pork chops Brussels style

  • Aaarrrgghh  on  January 2, 2020

    Creamy cucumber salad with chervil

  • jezpurr  on  January 2, 2020

    Beef stewed in red wine with pearl onions and mushrooms (Gestoofd rundsvlees op z’n Limburgs / Boeuf sauté a la Limbourgeoise)!!!^_^

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  • ennsee  on  January 3, 2020

    I would make the Fillet of cod with mustard and gingered carrots (Kabeljauw met tierenteyn mosterd en wortelkes / Cabillaud a la Gantoise) recipe first.

  • VanessaJ  on  January 4, 2020

    Filled endive leaves – with a smoked fish mousse

  • ceejayen  on  January 5, 2020

    My mother’s potato salad (Moeder’s aardappel salade / La salade de pommes de terre de ma mere)

  • michelle666  on  January 5, 2020

    Red cabbage salad

  • lbguerrant  on  January 5, 2020

    Steamed mussels

  • nicolthepickle  on  January 6, 2020

    I’d like to try the Vineyard Salad recipe.

  • fionajk42  on  January 6, 2020

    Golden rice custard

  • HArlow  on  January 7, 2020


  • silversand  on  January 8, 2020

    Flemish cinnamon buns (Mastellen / Petits pains a la cannelle)

  • daniellespinato1  on  January 8, 2020

    Creamy cucumber salad with chervil (Romige komkommer salade met kervel / Salade de concombres au cerfeuil)

  • voodoooffood  on  January 9, 2020

    Autumn salad with celeriac and Belgian endive

  • MissisG  on  January 10, 2020

    Fried cheese croquettes

  • Natlovesgib  on  January 10, 2020

    Herbed garlic bread, Belgian style

  • DimensionAEB  on  January 10, 2020

    I would like to try the Belgian meatballs.

  • bookmark77  on  January 11, 2020

    Smoked trout mousse

  • pigwhistler  on  January 11, 2020

    Fried Cheese Croquettes

  • bookmark31  on  January 11, 2020

    Red cabbage salad

  • bookmark58  on  January 11, 2020

    Belgian meatballs

  • maci234  on  January 11, 2020

    Belgian meatballs braised in beer with endives

  • ElizM  on  January 11, 2020

    The steamed mussels

  • RSW  on  January 11, 2020

    Fried cheese croquettes (Belgische kaaskroketten / Fondue Bruxelloise)

  • Isis1981uk  on  January 11, 2020

    My mother’s potato salad

  • mightymhk  on  January 11, 2020

    fried cheese croquettes

  • banba1  on  January 11, 2020

    Poached leeks in a shallot-parsley vinaigrette sound lovely.

  • t.t  on  January 11, 2020

    Homemade fresh cheese (Platte kaas / Fromage blanc)

  • lozzle77  on  January 12, 2020

    prawn croquettes

  • Applebow  on  January 12, 2020

    Vineyard salad

  • clairew137  on  January 12, 2020

    Creamy cucumber salad with chervil

  • oreganoca  on  January 12, 2020

    Cream of spinach with sorrel

  • dan031082  on  January 12, 2020


  • leilx  on  January 13, 2020

    Waterzooi of chicken

  • Jesmondgirl  on  January 13, 2020

    I would like to try the rabbit stewed with prunes in beer

  • TheLynchyMob  on  January 14, 2020

    Belgian Meatballs

  • RuthHarwood  on  January 14, 2020

    prawn croquettes

  • trvlnaddict  on  January 16, 2020

    I love Belgium and this cookbook looks amazing! I’d like to try Poached leeks in a shallot-parsley vinaigrette (Prei op Vlaamse wijze / Poireaux a la Flamande)

  • vhfvhf  on  January 16, 2020

    Pork Chops Brussels Style

  • monasli  on  January 18, 2020

    Flemish beef stew and Gratin of Endives. We lived in Gent for 6months and adored the food. We ate well!

  • afri  on  January 18, 2020

    fried…. cheese…. croquettes…… omg

  • HomespunHouse  on  January 18, 2020

    Warm green bean and potato salad from Liège (Warme Luikse sla / Salade Liegeoise)

  • size_27  on  January 20, 2020

    Filled Belgian endive leaves, with the Roquefort…

  • Sand9  on  January 20, 2020

    Brussel sprouts Flemish style x

  • virjeania  on  January 20, 2020

    Warm green bean and potato salad from Liège

  • Sunflower29  on  January 21, 2020


  • Breeze81  on  January 22, 2020

    I’d love to try the Flemish yeast dough for pie crust

  • NaomiH  on  January 23, 2020

    The one and only truly Belgian fries (Frietjes / Pommes frites)

  • fionahw  on  January 23, 2020

    Sweet and sour cucumbers with chives

  • Lem9579  on  January 23, 2020

    Casserole of Wild Mushrooms

  • eyupitsjohn  on  January 23, 2020

    Pork Chops Brussels Style

  • HappyAm  on  January 23, 2020

    I’d have to go with Beef stewed in red wine with pearl onions and mushrooms (Gestoofd rundsvlees op z’n Limburgs / Boeuf sauté a la Limbourgeoise) to start with, feels like the right choice in this cold weather.

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