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May 27, 2015
The Amsterdam Gourmet

If you were planning to visit Amsterdam and you had a friend who lived there, you would probably ask them to make you a list of all their favourite food shops and “don’t miss” restaurant recommendations.

Jonah Freud and Cijn Prins want to be that friend for you. Having been born and raised in Amsterdam, the mother and daughter team are intimately familiar with their home town, plus both are well versed in its food and beverage scene.

Jonah Freud could best be described as the Barbara-Jo McIntosh of Amsterdam. She is the owner of De Kookboekhandel, the best culinary specialty book store in the city. She is also the author and publisher of a number of food books, as well as a food radio broadcaster. On top of that, she pens cookbook reviews for Het Parool, the Amsterdam-based, daily newspaper.

Cijn Price, grew up surrounded by the cookbook business, and in fact, at age 17 wrote her own – a food book for students. She currently works as a cook in the kitchen of Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam.

Together the two women have written "The Amsterdam Gourmet" (or "Heerlijk Amsterdam' for the Dutch), a trustworthy list of the choicest bakeries, patisseries, butcher shops, festivals, snack stands, markets, workshops, late night bars, delis, wine stores, cafes and restaurants (to name just a few categories). Organizing the information by neighbourhood and interspersing these with themed sections, such as where to find the best herrings stands, or the best places to eat on boats.

Priced at 20 Euros and available in paperback in both English and Dutch language versions, you will find this new released and red hot tome in the windows of Freud’s own shop in the north Jordaan and at nearly every good book, housewares and food shop in town.

And as printed guide books do tend to date themselves before they are even off the press, you can catch all the latest additions and updates on their website at 

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