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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (27 Sept. 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 (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,762 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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17 of 18 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Oct. 2012
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I adore Christmas time and everything festive, so this book was already a winner without having read a page. Luckily the contents matched up to my hopes and expectations.

Basically this book is a collection of festive recipes from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. It's split into 7 chapters. These are Christmas Baking (breads, cakes and cookies), Gifts from the Kitchen (Chutneys, Jellies and Jams, Vinegars, Chocolate & Gløgg), Advent: A Whole Month of Christmas (Sunday Outdoors in the Snow, Sunday Baking Indoors), Festive Brunch, Christmas Party (canapés, drinks), The Christmas Eve Feast and finally, Christmas Day Smörgåsbord.

Each recipe is presented well with clear ingredient lists and instructions that are easy to understand and follow.

The recipes are wonderful and there are plenty of things that you want to make and taste. However, what made this book for me was the wonderful photography and presentation. The cover is puffy and has that feel of a children's book which actually adds to the magic rather than detracts from it. Inside it has the typical nordic look and the photos really transport you to this chilly winter wonderland and wonderful family Christmas.

There are plenty of recipes to try but this book also works well as coffee table book for the Christmas period. I really enjoyed reading and using it and feel that it will be a book that I will leaf through again and again over the years. Definitely recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reviewser TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2012
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Being half Austrian I love celebrating both Austrian and English traditions when Christmas comes round. In recent years I have also loved picking up on other peoples' traditions. From celebrations to cuisine it is a wonderful time of year and this book, Scandinavian Christmas, provides a looking glass into the traditions and specialities of Norway, Sweden and Denmark during the festive season.
The best part about this book is the incredible recipes which aren't just cakes and biscuits but jellies, chutney, roasts and more.
I tried a few recipes and I can say that the Honey Layer Cake is not to be missed nor are the Cinnamon Cookies. I am sure that the rest of these recipes are also going to be ace.
Also I have to add that the photography is great and with the nights already drawing in and November only round the corner I did perhaps already feel a little Christmassy :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paolo Sammut VINE VOICE on 9 Oct. 2012
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Christmas is a funny festival in many ways since, whilst ostensibly Christian with Middle-Eastern origins it has never really forgotten its pagan predecessor as a festival of Light and the birth of the new sun. Secretly there are a lot of pagan elements to Christmas and these are part of the delight especially when we think of freshly fallen snow, reindeer or breathing in the clove and cinnamon laden intoxication of mulled wine. Scandanavian Christmas is a wonderful book full of Christmas recipes which literally embody all of this. This book captures the warming log file, fresh snowfall and the smell of pine needles.

The book is lavishly produced in hardback with a thick, liquid resistant and wipable cover. Inside it contains a nice number of photographs which capture the season and the delights it offers without going over the top. The text is well written and the recipes composed in an easy to read format which will help prevent mistakes whilst cooking.

Split into seven sections, Christmas Baking, Gifts from the Kitchen, Advent: A whole month of Christmas, Festive Brunch, Christmas Party, The Christmas Eve Feast and Christmas day Smorgasbord, each section then breaks down into a smaller set of sections corresponding to the type of food or drink at hand. There are a good number of recipes in each selection which range from drinks, to breads and pastries to meat dishes and sweets. There is a very nice diversity of recipes and I am sure a lot for everyone.

Highly Recommended.
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