The Netherlands’ most famous restaurant critic, Johannes van Dam,  died yesterday in the OLVG hospital at the age of 66. Johannes van Dam (1946 – 18 September 2013) was a Dutch journalist and the country’s best-known writer on food. Van Dam wrote a regular column on food for the national daily Het Parool for almost 25 years. He was an authority on food; his reviews, though mainly positive, could lead to a restaurant being closed down. He also published several books about food and cooking. The most successful of these was the De Dikke Van Dam, a 700-page opus covering food from A to Z. It’s still on my list!

Johannes van Dam by Maartje Strijbis
Johannes van Dam by Maartje Strijbis
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Picture taken by Maartje Strijbis of http://www.blauwoogproducties.nl/p/about.html and http://www.maartjetaartje.nl/ (Dutch), a multitalented culinary and cultural centipede.

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