Ketty Thull is a name that has shaped Luxembourg’s homes and kitchens for generations. Following my appearance last month on RTL, I have received a lot of questions about Luxembourg’s cuisine and the recipes and cook book that I used in the TV special to make one of Luxembourg’s most famous national dishes, Bouneschlupp.

Ketty Thull was responsible for writing and publishing Luxembourg’s first ever cook book in 1937, a guide which has remained a bestseller for over 40 years in Luxembourg. Since the publication of Ketty Thull’s anthology of Luxembourg’s cuisine, it has been a common wedding gift for Luxembourgish couples.

A teacher at a school for “housewives”  n Esch-sur-Alzette, Thull first studied at the Cordon Bleu school of cookery in Paris. She published several books in German that she typed by hand herself. Starting from a book on baking, her recipes in later editions range from simple dishes such as a boiled egg right through to the more local faire of Gehack (pig’s lung, heart and liver in tomato sauce) and Kudelfleck (cow’s stomach) and classics like Lobster Thermidor and Beef Wellington. All were published without images.

While Ketty Thull is a household name in Luxembourg, very little is known about her. It is even very difficult to find a photo of the very private woman who neither married nor had children. The people who knew her most took her courses in Esch-sur-Alzette.

An updated version of Ketty Thull’s cookbook has been recently published by Carlo Sauber. The book features photos of the recipes and updated less fattening recipes has been released by a well known chef in Luxembourg. The book also retains the theoretical section in which Thull described different cutting techniques, essential kitchen tools, weights and measures and seasoning. Unfortunately, the book is not available in English, nor is it sold in the United States. It is available in German or French and we are happy to help you order the book from the charity store selling it in Luxembourg. Please contact us to find out more. Even if you cannot read it, it is an essential piece of Luxembourg culture for any home.

For a great Bouneschlupp recipe in English, please visit http://globaltableadventure.com/recipe/green-bean-soup-bouneschlupp/