food and drink

view of factory across a canal with trees and shrubs in foreground

From coffee, tea and tobacco to UNESCO: Rotterdam’s Van Nelle Factory

The Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam grew from a small firm selling coffee, tea and tobacco, to a large factory of steel and glass, the first daylight factory in Europe.

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girl in a red dress holding a sign saying MAGGI

Maggi: a Swiss seasoning that found a home in various cultures

As a child growing up in Senegal, Maggi cubes and Maggi sauce were a big and important ingredient in many Senegalese dishes, if not all of them. I remember watching countless advertisements on TV promoting Maggi cubes, with a Senegalese lady in her boubou (traditional clothing) preparing a meal.

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painting of people working in a brewery

Traditional beer brewing: hop’s horticultural heritage

With today’s craft beer movement, the origins of beer culture come more and more to the fore.

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Vintage food advertising: a culinary tour through European newspapers

Our newspapers collection includes more than 4 million newspaper issues from around 20 countries.

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What is the real palaeo diet, and who invented bread? Archaeological findings on eating and drinking in the past.

Rotsschilderingen van Minateda, KU Leuven, Belgium, Public Domain Marked Archaeology can give great insight into what processes have made us the humans we are today. Seemingly small things have hugely influenced our contemporary lives, and maybe the most important one is the invention of cooking. Richard Wrangham, professor of biological anthropology, in his book, Catching […]

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