Recipient of the 2002 Alice P. Kenney Award for research and writing on the food customs and diet of the Dutch settlers in New Netherland

 Hudson Valley food; Dutch colonial food history; recipes; books; unusual regional products


Looking for information on Hudson Valley foods and history?? Check my books and articles on this region rich in agricultural, culinary and ethnic history. The earliest settlers, the Dutch, left a lasting mark on the Valley and on America's kitchen. My recipes are easy to cook, whether they date back 300 years, or were created only yesterday.




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Dutch Recipes

Hearth Cooking

Peter's Picks


Peter G. Rose, Pete Rose and Peter Pamela Rose

We were in Las Vegas this Christmas holiday with our daughter, Peter Pamela and her husband Jason. When we found Pete Rose there signing bats, balls and pictures we used this unique opportunity to get the 3 Peter Roses together...


Peter G. Rose is a woman. She was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and was educated there as well as in Switzerland. She came to the United States in the mid-1960s. She has worked as a food writer and contributed a syndicated column on family food and cooking to the New York-based Gannett newspapers for more than twenty years. She has written articles for magazines such as Gourmet and Saveur, as well as for newspapers and magazines in the Netherlands, and locally for Hudson Valley Magazine and The Valley Table.

She started her research on the influence of the Dutch on the American kitchen in the early 1980s and published her first book on the subject, The Sensible Cook: Dutch Foodways in the Old and the New World, at the end of that decade. It was followed by Foods of the Hudson: A Seasonal Sampling of the Region's Bounty (1993); and Matters of Taste: Food and Drink in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art and Life with Dr. Donna R. Barnes (2002). More recently, she published Food, Drink and Celebrations of the Hudson Valley Dutch (2009) and Summer Pleasures, Winter Pleasures: a Hudson Valley Cookbook (2009). She is the 2002 recipient of the Alice P. Kenney Award for her research and writing on Dutch food history.

As a member of the Speakers in the Humanities program of the New York Council for the Humanities, she lectures on historic Dutch food ways all over New York State. She illustrates her talks with paintings of the Dutch Masters and has spoken at many museums with holdings of such Dutch art all around America. She lives with her husband, Don, in South Salem, New York, in the beautiful, historic Hudson Valley.

Peter G. Rose just finished a card project for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC: "Desserts from the Golden Age of Dutch Painting" the portfolio includes 12 cards with 4 sumptuous images that speak eloquently of the abundance of worldly goods at the time. Each card features a dessert recipe on the back, adapted from the 1683 edition of De Verstandige Kock (The Sensible Cook). Cards are available @ $10/12 cards plus shipping by emailing


On Thanksgiving Day I did a radio interview with Fieldstone Common, a station devoted to the history of the Northeast, on my book Food, Drink and Celebrations of the Hudson Valley Dutch.

Please click on the link to hear.




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