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Scandinavian Christmas [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Trine Hahnemann
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27 Sep 2012
Scandinavian tradition showcased with beautiful photography. Sainsbury s Magazine, November 2012

In this beautifully packaged book, Trine Hahnemann provides a cornucopia of 70 Christmas recipes so we can all celebrate Christmas the Scandinavian way!

This cookbook embodies hygge, the Danish word for cosiness, the idea of being inside with friends and great comfort food for the cold, dark Christmas period. Brunches, tea parties, lunches, dinners and cocktails are celebrated with a mixture of traditional goodies and delicious modern recipes. Gingerbread houses and jars of decorated Christmas cookies make perfect presents. Duck and pork rule on Christmas Eve, fish, ham and seasonal vegetables on Christmas Day. With a section entirely on baking, sweets, biscuits, puddings, Christmas cakes and other treats abound all washed down with glogg traditional mulled red wine. Watch Trine make her recipe for caramel potatoes in the video above. The video is provided by Telegraph TV © Telegraph TV

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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: 23.8 x 21.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,233 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely tempting book, especially for kale lovers 16 Nov 2012
By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to a Scandinavian Christmas 22 Sep 2012
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With the focus of this cookbook being Christmas there are several chapters that follow a chronology from Lucia bread (cooked on the 13th December and in the first chapter on Christmas Baking) to a Christmas Day Smorgasbord. The chapters nestled between these two offer up delicious baked treats (such as hallon cookies and pepper nuts), chutneys (rosehip chutney), breakfast treats (Christmas porridge) and brunch ideas (ruis bread and rice pancakes).

All recipes are achievable and use ingredients that can be found either in your local supermarket or on a short walk outdoors, e.g. rosehips. The time the recipes take to make vary from under roughly an hour (oat cookies) to a month (pickled herring), but all, with the fantastic photography, look worth the wait.

Though I cannot wait to get stuck in to a bit of baking and herring pickling to make my Christmas something a little different from the norm I can't help but wish there were one or two more fish recipes to balance the number of meat dishes included, which is why I give this cookbook four rather than five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I got this book with the sole hope that one day Sandi Toksvig might become my best friend and I can dazzle her with Scandinavian cuisine. Plus I really love Scandinavian culture and cooking (Andreas Viestad for example) and thought a twist on Christmas is always welcome
The book itself is beautiful, the accompanying pictures are of a beautiful quality and there are little tidbits of information both of the authors family and memories, and also of Scandinavian mythology, I like these touches and it made for a homely and comforting read.
Now the downside - as with every cookbook there is always a risk that there will be one or two ingredients that are hard to find, with Chinese and Indian cooking we now have a plethora of shops and markets to hunt down an elusive spice, however for Scandinavian ingredients we have Ikea! Not really a culinary treat.
A lot of these recipes have an elusive ingredient and while she tries to offer alternatives she does so in a very tired teacher kind of way "well if you simply can't find lingonberries with a flake of alpine snow on them then I suppose you COULD use cranberries" cheers love, cranberries it is then. For one cake recipe she informs us that it has to be made in a specific tin which can be easily bought online...
This isn't every recipe and there is enough here to make without wanting to throw the book like a frustrated Viking, and overall I really loved this book and it will really add a dimension to my seasonal cooking this year
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspiring book about Scandinavian Christmas
This book sets the mood for Christmas and shows you how easy it is to prepare for the festive days in your own kitchen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ane-Helene Impgaard
5.0 out of 5 stars Cook book
Wonderful book , I love all things Scandi so very excited to infuse some Christmas dishes into our seasonal celebrations
Published 3 months ago by sara isaacs
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't get anywhere with the recipes
I've had this book for a year or so now and I can't get anywhere with the baking recipes. I'm an experienced baker, but the honey hearts were inedible and ended up in the bin. Read more
Published 3 months ago by weathergirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Sugar and spice and all things nice
This slim volume is filled with beautiful photographs, mostly of the recipes by also of suitably festive scenes. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly scandi Christmas
Truly delicious recipes to fill your home with delicious scandinavian flavours and smells at christmas. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pompom
4.0 out of 5 stars Scandinavian Christmas
I really enjoyed this book, all the traditional Scandinavian Christmas recipes and little traditions running up to the big day. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Bruch
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not what I expected
More miss than hit here, a nicely presented book but the only recipe I really want to give a go is the christmas glugg if I'm really honest. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Price
3.0 out of 5 stars Scandanavian Christmas
My wife liked the look of this and it is very nicely produced and good quality.But having looked through it several times now she has decided that there are only a few cakes and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Johnnybluetime
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought this book for my Danish husband and I. It's choc full of recipes he remembers his mother making. Lovely pictures too, and many things we intend to make when time allows. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rhona
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrummy Scandi Christmas!!!
A beautiful book on several counts. The recipes are divine and not too difficult - and the photos probably do more for tourism thank any campaign, evocative, stylish, atmospheric. Read more
Published 15 months ago by kathrine haddrell
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