“Do you have the recipe?”
This is the most asked question I get after a dinner. And for me that is a pretty difficult one because I use recipes as inspiration only. But now finally I can say, “Yes I have a recipe, I even have a book full of recipes!”
Over the past years, I’ve had the opportunity to please thousands of people with great food. Small groups of 30, benefit dinners up to 250 persons, or smaller groups of people sailing on a traditional clipper at the Waddenzee. My absolute highlight was the cooking competition ‘The Chefs’ Line Nederland’ on Dutch TV 24Kitchen… And of course there were many wonderful dinners at home with Corien, our children and our friends. Food connects people, food brings joy and it is nice to see people smile when they go home again after a dinner.
To be honest in our family I am certainly not the only and also not the first foodie. My mother is a passionate cook and my grandmother cooked the most delicious dishes at a baroness. However, I’m the first person whom collected everything in a cookbook. A cookbook full of favorite family recipes from three generations!
Flavors from around the world
My cookbook ‘The flavors of home’ contains over 120 favorite recipes from three (!) generations over a period of the last 100 years. Recipes that have been brought to perfection by many persons. But besides that, it contains many foreign recipes based on our international experiences. It ranges from gingerbread from early 1900 to an Indian tandoori chicken and traditional Italian pasta’s.
It is actually more than a cookbook. Through recipes, photos and stories you will experience how our eating habits changed over the past 100 years.
With this book I want to share my love of food, and I mean literally share it. That’s why all profits go to a shelter for homeless ’t Hemeltje in Eindhoven. So they can cook meals, eat together and provide a listening ear where needed.
Price per cookbook: € 29.95 excluding shipping costs.
All profits are for ’t Hemeltje at Eindhoven
’t Hemeltje is a shelter for the homeless. It is a welcoming place in Eindhoven. A place where there is space, where you can find a listening ear for your story, your concerns and questions. There is a living room where you can meet others and where you can be who you are.
In ’t Hemeltje people from different walks of life meet each other. Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, volunteers cook a hot meal and we eat together. The aim is to offer sociability and to break through loneliness. I really like that, because for me too, cooking is about bringing sociability and connection!
How nice would it be to do something for this group of people in our society with the sale of this cookbook? That is why I am taking the risk and advance the printing costs for the cookbooks. From the sale of the first book to the sale of the last book, all profits (€ 15.00 per book) go to ’t Hemeltje. My aim is to sell all the books. In this way I hope to raise a nice sum of € 7,500 – 10,000 in the coming years.
All profits go to ’t Hemeltje at Eindhoven
’t Hemeltje is a place and shelter in Eindhoven where all are welcome, you will find a listening ear for your story, your concerns and your questions. The central place in the house is a living room where you can meet others and be fully yourself.
In ’t Hemeltje people from different societies meet each other. Twice a week volunteers cook a dinner and eat together with the guests. The aim is to offer a cosy and warm place to fight loneliness. Personally I really like that, because also for me cooking is about connecting and bringing people together!
How nice would it be to support this group of people with the sales of this cookbook? That is why I am taking the risk, prepaid all the costs and have a limited number of books for sales. For every sold book all profits (€ 15.00 per book) will be directly donated to ’t Hemeltje. My aim is to sell all books, and with that I wish to raise and donate between € 7,500 – 10,000 to
’t Hemeltje in the coming years.
I’m Rokus Harder and cooking is my greatest passion. About 10 years ago I took up cooking seriously by catering for small and large groups. I regularly give workshops: baking pizza, making sausage or Italian cooking. Nothing gives more pleasure than cooking and eating something beautiful together!
With my wife Corien I live in Best. We have three beautiful children who have all flown the nest. We like to have fun and often have guests at home for dinner, or for a short or longer period of time. Together we have traveled a lot and lived in several countries, such as: India, Turkey, Libya and the Netherlands.
For years I have combined my passion for cooking with charity. That way I want to do my bit to give more people a better life. I had my own lasagna foodline and raised € 25,000 for Amref Flying Doctors.
Now my latest project is this cookbook, the total proceeds of which I’m donating to the open house and homeless shelter ’t Hemeltje in Eindhoven.
I’m Rokus Harder and cooking is one of my passions. About 10 years ago I started cooking seriously by catering for small and large groups. I also regularly gave workshops, like: pizza baking, BBQ or Italian cooking. Nothing gives more pleasure than cooking and eating something beautiful together!
With my wife Corien I live in Best. We have three beautiful children. Our children left our house and since then we like to have guests for a dinner or for a short stay. Together we have traveled a lot and lived in several countries, such as: India, Turkey, Libya and the Netherlands.
For many years I have combined my passion for cooking with charity. That way I like to contribute to improving people’s life. For example through benefit dinners or via my own lasagne foodline. In 2019 I had the pleasure to raise that way € 25,000 for Amref Flying Doctors.
My latest project is this cookbook, of which all profits are donated to the house for homeless ’t Hemeltje in Eindhoven.
How to order the book
Interested to order my cookbook? You can do this via this page, which will route you to a simple form to fill. I’ll contact you after submitting the form.