Wageningen UR Library has a summer exhibition on human nutrition in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Department of Human Nutrition of Wageningen University.
The oldest books in the exhibition on nutrition are herbals. From the beginning of the sixteenth century these books describe the use of crops for various medical purposes and sometimes give brief recipes for consumption. Treatises on agriculture and rural life also give some short recipes.
Popular cookbooks appear in the Netherlands from the middle of the seventeenth century for different provinces. The first books were written for the cook and the house maid. Cooking books at the turn of the nineteenth century were written by local cooking and household schools for the lady of the house.
Research in human nutrition started in the Netherlands at the end of the nineteenth century. It was discovered that the Beri-Beri disease was caused by vitamin deficiency and that proper choices in diet and preparation are essential. The prevention and cure of diseases and guidance towards a healthy lifestyle from childhood into old age are now the important issues in modern nutrition.
The exhibition is open on Monday through Friday from 9.00 to 17.00 until 30 October in the Special Collections department in Forum Library.
The exhibition catalog (in Dutch) is free.
For questions or a group tour contact Liesbeth Missel, tel. 0317-484546 / 482701