Next month, Belgium will be in the spotlight as it hosts The World 50 Best Restaurants awards in the city of Antwerp. There has never been a better time to launch a guide for foodies. In Belgium for Foodies, culinary journalist and food writer Femke Vandevelde has gathered some of the best places to eat and drink in Belgium.
This guide is different from many others. It encourages you to discover places that you might even think about from fantastic food shops to top restaurants and cafes as well as extraordinary locations to dine in.
It features not just fine dining restaurants but also where to eat local specialities. Tony De Luc accompanies the book with his photo for the original lists.
The book will be available in bookshops as from 4 October.
Belgium for Foodies invites the reader to discover Belgium’s extraordinary culinary scene by taking you on a trip through the country from the North Sea to the countryside and vibrant cities with rich cultural and culinary heritage
What makes the book different is that it features 350 places presented in lists such as young talents to follow, favourite female top chefs, bustling restaurants for late-night dining, Belgian fries done right, dining at the bar, wonderful wineries to discover, places to eat drink and read and much more.
You will find lists of where to eat the best fish or meat, hidden gems, open fire kitchens and much more.
If Belgian cuisine is not at the top of your foodie bucket list, it should be: Belgium’s culinary scene is brimming with luxurious farm-to-table restaurants, bustling neighbourhood bistros, inventive vegan cafes and great fast-food joints. Talented chefs take great pride in adding their own twist to Belgian terroir products, such as hop shoots, chicory, asparagus and Brussels sprouts. Simplicity, purity and freshness are at the heart of Belgian cooking. A new generation of ambitious hospitality entrepreneurs is now stepping up to the plate, making this an exciting time to eat your way through Belgium. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in food. It will guide you to the best spots to taste our iconic chocolate, beers, waffles and fries, and help you discover our country’s rebellious artisans who are challenging the status quo.
This book is being launched specifically for the 50 World’s Best Restaurants list which will be released on 5 October. In the preceding week, international top chefs and culinary media will visit our country and meet each other at all sorts of culinary events and gatherings. Belgium for Foodies will be distributed among the international journalists.
The author Femke Vandevelde divides her time between Ghent and the Belgian coast, together with her partner Jens, their daughter Zadig and their dachshund Nabokov. After her studies as an editor at the University of Amsterdam, she was active as a cookbook blogger. Currently, she works as a freelance culinary editor and restaurant critic for the Belgian newspaper De Morgen. She is also the author of the culinary guides XIII Gent and XIII Antwerpen, and editor of Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery, because she believes in the power of food to connect us across cultural and political boundaries. In addition, Femke runs a coworking space ‘Gunpowder & Smoke’ in Ghent and is chairwoman of the ‘Jong Keukengeweld’ campaign.
Tony Le Duc is an Antwerp-based food photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally and published widely.
The book is part of Luster’s successful ‘Hidden Secrets’ series.