(The) Scandinavian Kitchen: Over 100 Essential Ingredients with 200 Authentic Recipes
by Camilla Plum
Scandinavians are eager foragers, picklers, and bakers, and their traditions coexist with new ways of cooking, creating fresher, lighter, more seasonal, and local food. Camilla Plum, co-owner of an organic farm outside of Copenhagen, shares Scandinavian tastes, broken down by group of ingredient, easy to recreate in your own kitchen. Scandinavian cooking achieves a delicate balance between extravagance and the humble, producing a wealth of seasonal daily food, and more luxurious festive food. The flavors are fresh and intense, but not overwhelming, resulting in food prepared simply, but effectively, to allow every ingredient to shine.
`The Scandinavian Kitchen' gives 200 very authentic recipes. It describes much about the food and traditions surrounding Scandinavian eating traditions. There is a great deal of detail about such subjects as; eggs, saltwater fish, ham, peas, the history appearance, taste, culinary uses. There are notes and explanations for each recipe. Many can be made with easily found ingredients, however there are also quite a few with harder to find , such as kalvdan - the first lactation after a cow has calved.
Included are eggs and dairy, fresh fish and shellfish, preserved fish, poultry, meat, game and offal, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, fruit, berries, breads and grains and festive food.
Be aware that there is not much variety in vegetables or fruit. Pictures are not always clear on which recipe they are illustrating and some recipes have the ingredients listed within the recipe instead of listed , as is usually done before the recipe directions.
You can learn how to smoke your own fish and have some adventurous cooking experiences. However, even with a family that has broad tastes, there were few recipes that mine would tolerate since so many have chervil or rye included. Lutefisk was a failure but the sun eggs were a hit.
This would be a cookbook for those wishing to try something new to add to their cookbook collection and learn something about Scandinavian cooking.
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