History of the collection: The collection grew out of a bequest from the Werumeus Buning estate received in 1960.
Size: The collection comprises a few thousand items.
Accessibility: The books have not been placed together and are not separately marked. All titles are listed in the online public catalogue, and some are listed in the KB card catalogues.
More information: Anna Rademakers - 070-3140780.
J. Hendriksen, Nieuw burger kookboek. Rotterdam, 1828. Omslag. Sign: 9906 H 10.
F.M. Stoll en W.H. de Groot, Het haagse kookboek. Den Haag, 1965. Omslag. Sign: 9906 E 23.
J.W.F. Werumeus Bunning, Kookatlas. Omslag. Sign: 3229 A 30.
The Koninklijke Bibliotheek has an extensive collection of cookbooks, both Dutch and foreign. The books have been actively collected since the acquisition of a part of the library of Johan Willem Frederik Werumeus Buning (1891-1958), man of letters and gastronome, in 1960. Within this collection, which consists of books from thirteen countries, the French kitchen occupies the position of prominence. The oldest specimen is François Pierre de la Varenne, Nouveau cuisinier françois ou l'école des ragouts (Lyon 1727), a reprint of the famous book of 1651. The collection has been regularly expanded since then and now consists of a few thousand items. The emphasis is on cookery books that provide an impression of regional and global diversity. Most of the works in the collection are from the 19th and 20th centuries. Also represented are special cookery books, manufacturers' cookery books and publications devoted to wine and other drinks.
With the establishment of the Deposit Library, the Dutch language works have been almost completely represented since the seventies. The collection is also being supplemented by means of antiquarian acquisition whenever possible.
Kookboeken door de eeuwen heen & Moge het u wel bekomen! : catalogus van de tentoonstellingen. Den Haag : Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 1991, 92 p.
'J.W.F. Werumus Buning, man of letters, translator, (culinary) journalist 1891-1958'. In: Collectors and collections. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 1789-1998. Zwolle : Waanders, 1998, p. 140-144.