De zure stad

Een biografie van tafelzuur in Amsterdam

Book coverDe zure stad
Book coverDe zure stad
Book coverDe zure stad
Book coverDe zure stad

This richly illustrated book could be summed up as the visual biography of a city and its culinary culture. In more than 400 photos, De Zure Stad sets out an – often Jewish – history of pickling in Amsterdam, from pickling plants to canned goods factories and sellers. Many surprising details – such as the fact that the pickling buckets were originally toilet buckets – are attractively presented. The way in which a huge diversity of archival materials of different kinds (old colour prints, black-and-white photographs, maps) go together to make up a consistent whole thanks to good image selection and a number of solid design choices, is impressive. While keeping this plethora of information accessible and attractive. Each chapter, for example, has its own colour, lending a fresh feel to the rather nostalgic subject matter. The choice for uncoated paper also gives the whole a contemporary touch. The combination of yellow and gherkin green on the cover is almost enough to make one purse one’s lips; perhaps not particularly delicious, but most definitely interesting. The jury were a little less enthusiastic about the centre line that runs across all of the pages in the interior – a device we often see, but here it does little to enhance either concept or functionality. Having said that, De Zure Stad is a rich, attractive book that should appeal to a broad spectrum of readers.

Edition: 2022
Date of publication: November 2022
Author: Paul van Ravestein, Monique Mulder, Jacques Hermes
Language: Dutch
Final editor: Charlotte Kleyn
Image editor: Paul van Ravestein
Publisher: Nijgh Atelier (Nijgh & Van Ditmar), Amsterdam
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Graphic designer: Mattmo Creative (Paul van Ravestein, Monique Mulder) (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: Pixel-It, Zutphen
Printer: Drukarnia, Papendrecht
Binder: Drukarnia, Papendrecht
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 200 x 260 x 27 mm
Number of pages: 304
Print run: 2000
Price: € 39.99
ISBN: 9789038810355
Font and foundry: Kobe (VJ-Type), Cirka (Pangram Pangram), Arial (Monotype)
Binding style: Sewn hardcover with flat spine, thin boards with minimal square over 2.5 mm greyboard, hot melt gluing, headbands
Paper for interior (grammage): 120gsm Galerie Art Natural, Sappi
Endpapers (grammage): 120gsm Galerie Art Natural, Sappi
Material cover (grammage): 200gsm GalerieArt Gloss, Sappi
Special features: Band and interior printed in CMYK; front cover has spot UV varnish