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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849491925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849491921
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trina Hahnemann is a well-known chef and food writer who appears regularly on television, has a monthly magazine column and has published several cookery books in her native Denmark.

She created and owns a company that runs the restaurant and cafe in Denmark's House of Parliament as well as several large company canteens.

Her two books, The Scandinavian Cookbook and The Nordic Diet, are both published by Quadrille.

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'Here, the Queen of Nordic cookery, Trina Hahnemann, introduces good food from our friends in the north' for The Nordic Diet --The Observer

'Her use of textures and super fresh ingredients is inspiring' for The Nordic diet --Sainsbury's magazine

'In this groundbreaking book, Trina Hahnemann, doyenne of Scandinavian cooking, provides a succinct guide to the Nordic Diet, its elements, ingredients and basic philosophy and how to use it to lose weight' by The Guardian Bookshop for The Nordic Diet --The Guardian Bookshop

‘Having  visited Trine’s gorgeous home and enjoyed her festive cooking, I can’t wait to delve into this book and make some gorgeous goodies for my own Christmas.  Scandinavian tradition showcased with beautiful photography.’ Sainsbury’s Magazine, November 2012

‘Snowy Scandinavia is the very epitome of Christmas, so where better to look for some fresh inspiration than this beautiful book of original recipes and evocative photographs.  There’s great baking, warming toddies, ideas for food gifts, and recipes for everything from a Christmas Eve feast to a smorgasbord for the big day.’ BBC Good Food, November 2012

 

About the Author

Trine Hahnemann is a chef and food writer who writes for many magazines, including Denmark's largest circulation weekly women's magazine Alt For Damerne. She has published many cookbooks in her native Denmark and two in English, The Scandinavian Cookbook (2008) and The Nordic Diet (2009), both with Quadrille. Trine Hahnemann lives between Copenhagen and London with her husband and two children, but travels constantly around the world to bring Scandinavian food and cooking to a wider audience.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov 2012
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This is a gorgeous book, and irresistible to a christmas book obsessive such as myself. It will also appeal to anyone who really, really loves kale, for reasons to be discussed below. Written by distinguished Danish cookery writer Trine Hahnemann, it gives a lot of culinary detail as well as a bit of a flavour of a Danish christmas (I do wonder whether the blanket 'Scandinavian' might be a bit of a tall claim - for example it doesn't even mention Martin Goose day, an essential part of the season in Southern sweden).

It divides into seven main sections:
1) Christmas Baking
Very intriguing: Danish bakers, according to the author, completely avoid dried yeast and also used a product called bakers' ammonia to get cookies to have that crisp texture I recognise from Scandinavia. Here is the special bread you must bake to celebrate Lucia Day on 13 December, a local Xmas cake, and then a number of different special biscuits that are highly flavoured with spices. There are even those biscuits that get sold I think as Danish Butter Curls - though evidently you need a specialist mould to get them perfect in shape. (Which highlights a problem a few reviewers have already noted - it is a specialist, enthusiasts' book, rather than something for everyone because you aren't going to be able to make all of the recipes very easily.)

2) Gifts from the Kitchen
Here are chutneys, jellies, compotes and vinegars, as well as chocolate-dipped candied oranges. I started here as it seemed the most straightforward, but I doubt I'll be making the rosehip chutney, despite my reasonable sized garden, as it requires a KILO of rosehips. Cannot even imagine what that looks like! However the Christmas Chutney was unbelievably good, one of the best chutney recipes I've EVER tried.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arkgirl VINE VOICE on 12 Nov 2012
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This is a great addition to my Christmas cookbooks with much more than the baking suggested by the cover. It does start with baking some easy bakes like the Iced almond hearts and Crisp cinnamon cookies (p24) but also some more complicated that might involve investment in an oil thermometer or special baking tin (you can get the Aebelskiver pans on Amazon from about £20).
The book then goes on to look at gift making with jams, chutneys, vinegars and chocolate treats - some lovely ideas for friends but also great for your own kitchen. The second half of the book looks at main meals, snacks, drinks and special feasts for Advent and Christmas that will have your mouth watering.
It adds some nice twists on the Christmas theme and it looks lovely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RM/TM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov 2012
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Attractively styled book containing scandinavian recipes interspersed with lots of pictures of snowy woods and log cabins. Padded, wipe clean cover and festively red endpapers.

At least half the book is devoted to baking and sweet treats, with brown cookies, chocolate covered marzipan, 'Nisse' (elf cake) and iced almond hearts among the many sugary offerings. I was particularly intrigued by the aebliskiver - which look like delicious little pancakes stuffed with apple, though you do need a special pan to cook them.

On the meaty side, there are a number of pork recipes, including a lovely loin with crackling and red cabbage, and a lamb stew with apricots that put me in mind of a navarin. Fish lovers get salmon on rye bread, beetroot-cured salmon, and various pickled and salted herring dishes.

The gifts from the kitchen weren't terribly inspiring, consisting mostly of chutneys, but I think the aforementioned baked treats would probably go down well as pressies.

A few ingredients might be hard to source in the UK, such as lingonberries, but the author does indicate where substitutes such as cranberries could be used instead.

I was going to award three stars but I was a bit tickled to read there is an island called Aero, so I am bumping my rating up to four :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Tavener VINE VOICE on 24 Sep 2012
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The flavours of Scandinavia are ones that feel both familiar and alien at the same time. They use many ingredients that are common to UK palettes but combine to create some unique and fascinating dishes.

The idea of caramel potatoes sounds bizarre but I can exactly see how it would work!

As a passionate baker, the opening chapter is particularly exciting - lots of honey and spices, right up my street. The rest of the book is packed with interesting ideas and very tasty looking food. The range of chutneys and preserves is delicious and the meat dishes look incredibly tempting.

If you want to put a new twist on your festive food this year, this book is the ideal starting place. It would also make an unusual gift for someone who loves cookbooks - as the food of Scandinavia is only just starting to break through over here.

A well produced, beautifully presented and genuinely new book - am delighted to have a copy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Dec 2012
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Christmas is coming and relatives you haven't seen or heard from since last Christmas will be turning up on the doorstep expecting to be fed, watered and leave with gifts (even if they haven't brought any for you).

This book has been a joy to look through. Not just because it looks good, but because it offers something different to the usual Christmas faire and because it has given me ideas for those buffet snacks that can be used to fill the unwanted/unexpected guests.

The book is split into 7 sections:

- Christmas Baking
- Gifts from the Kitchens
- Advent: A Whole Month of Christmas
- Festive Brunch
- Christmas Party
- Christmas Eve Feast
- Christmas Day Smorgasbord

Christmas has, as I have got older, become a chore rather than a pleasure. My mother starts in October with the annual "I hate Christmas" chant; relatives we haven't heard from all year start to make contact, and in many cases turn up on the doorstep unannounced; all those cards that have to be written (and heaven help you if you miss someone out); buying presents for people who say they don't really want anything this year yet still have a list that would give Santa's elves a panic attack, and those who say they really want one particular thing and then the day after you buy it say they want something else too; and then there's the food shopping.

My mother won't go to M&S with me in the weeks leading up to Christmas; she says it's too dangerous!

So anything that might reduce the stress and the need for blood pressure medication is always welcome.

- Christmas Baking

I started with "Lucia Bread", a fruit bread and the first recipe in the book. Kneading bread is always a good stress reducer.
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