Sometimes you just can’t wait to get your hands on something 😉 Well thats exactly the case when it comes down to the cook book of Yvonne from Yvestown called Yvestown in de keuken. I had te pleasure of interviewing her and guys her book is being launched on the 27th of March. You can join in on the party too and have it signed that special is that! Details: Book launch from 16-18h @ Sissy Boy , KNSM laan 19, Amsterdam. Oke now back to the interview..

Age: 39


Profession: blogger, photographer and author

When and why did you start
I started Yvestown in 2005 when blogging first started becomming popular in The United States. I thought it would be a fun idea to write on a blog about my lifestyle. My masterplan was (and still is) to get people motivated to build a better, healthier, happier and creative life. I want to get people up on their feet and do something each day that makes them happy. That can either be a lovely dinner prepared, a pretty flower bed in the garden, a crochet blanket to cover your self or to watch a beautiful movie – anything as long as it inspires people.

Why so passionate about food?
To me food equals love for as long as I can remember. My parents were foodies and brought us up with all sorts of cuisines. They were both working parents so dinner time was always very important as we all got to sit together and eat as a family. My mother indulged us to bake and she had a shared 800 m2 vegetable garden. Two families were fed off that garden so I was brought up knowing where my food came from. I was able to pick berries and eat raw vegetables when I played in the garden during summers. It’s the whole sensation, texture and taste that makes food so loveable.

Who learned you how to cook?
Partially I learnt from my mom and partially I am a self taught cook.

Where do you get your inspiration from to cook?
Mainly from beautiful cookbooks but also the food networks on TV fascinate me. I’ve only recently started following some food bloggers like The Green Kitchen, 101 Cookbooks and Herriott Grace.

Your first cookbook is coming out pretty soon, tell us, how did it all begin?
I discovered that people who like to cook also have beautiful or interesting kitchens. This got me thinking and that’s why I wanted to create a cook book on food and kitchens. I was curious to see what the cook’s kitchen looks like.

Why should we buy your book, what makes it special?
I think, the combination of recipes and interiors makes it quite unique. In the book we talk about 13 kitchens and 45 recipes. Each kitchen contains the owner’s favourite dishes or dishes I thought would compliment the owner. Not only can you cook up a fine meal, but at the same time be inspired by the kitchen the food is prepared in.

What is the recipe your most proud of?
You need to buy the book to find out, but I will say “the vegetarian pizza”. Its pretty special if you ask me. I love how the pictures turned out: Beautiful! To give you guys a little sneak peak of the book, check it here.

When can we buy it and better yet, where?
As of the 27th of March, the book will be for sale at all Sissy-Boy Homeland stores throughout The Netherlands and Belgium. As of March 28th you can buy it in bookstores in NL and BE. You can also buy a copy in my online shop here and get it signed and delivered with a set of 8 special Yvestown postcards.

Fave Cuisine: Japanese

Fave Meal: I love a real good rich salad with lots of greens and chicken.

Do you have a guilty pleasure when it comes to food. tell us 😉
Cake! enough said.

Fave cookbook? Why?
Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard. A book about demystifying the bakers art. Very inspiring.

Do you have an ideal culinary destination and what would the trip look like?
One day, I’d love to travel the American Delta and only eat Southern American dishes like sweet potato pie and corn bread. It’s been on my travel destination wish list for ever and it might happen as soon as we sell our home.

What are your favorite hotspots?
“Daylesford Organic” in Notting Hill London and restaurant “Piet Hein Eek” in Eindhoven

Fave quote?
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined wel. – Virginia Woolf

Food you had today?
I had an omelette stuffed with huttekase and apple. I read it in the latest issue of Jamie mag and thought it was bland.

If you guys liked this interview, be sure to check out my other interviews too.

Screen Shot 2019 03 25 at 13.46.51 2 - Aan tafel met Yvestown's Yvonne

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