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Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking . . . Scandilicious [Kindle Edition]

Signe Johansen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

We've long looked south for our food inspiration - but what about our neighbours to the north? We share a climate, a history (those Vikings got everywhere) and a love of cool, from sleek Nordic design to clear frosty November mornings. We also share our love of the outdoors - bracing autumn days, bright spring mornings, lazy summers by the water and long winter walks - and the pleasure of sharing good food with friends around the kitchen table. Discover the secrets of Scandinavian cooking - from delicious healthy breakfasts and leisurely brunches to tasty suppers and plenty of stress-free crowd-pleaser puddings. Learn the knack of putting together the perfect smorrebrod for a speedy Scandi lunch, and discover some very more-ish cakes and biscuits to accompany your afternoon cuppa.From cinnamon chestnut bread, cardamom cream buns and home-made gravadlax to soups, salads, smoothies and much more, Signe Johansen, a young cook steeped in the traditions of Scandinavia and trained by the best British chefs, shows us that it's not all herrings and meatballs... although you will find them in here too. Fresh, light, surprisingly indulgent, this is food to lift your spirits - it's quite simply Scandilicious!

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Our love of things Scandinavian continues to grow... A beautiful book that conveys the simplicity and clean flavours of this region's cooking. (Delicious Magazine)

'A beautifully presented book with a clean spacious layout' (The Independent on Sunday, 50 Best Cookbooks)

Time was when the most exciting name in Scandinavian food was the Muppets' Swedish chef - but no longer!... Bright young cooks such as London-based Norwegian Signe Johansen have emerged to guide us beyond our meatballs and pickled herring prejudices. Her clean, simple recipes are fjord-fresh, with welcome alternatives for ingredients that might be hard to find. (Mail on Sunday You Magazine)

'If you thought Scandinavian food was all about herring, think again. It is, as they say in the fashion world, so hot right now; as is Johansen, a food anthropologist with a winning style and a great way with a recipe' (Tim Hayward, Financial Times Books of the Year)

Scandi cuisine is the coolest food trend of the moment and, if you're curious to get to know it better, this is the perfect intro, with gorgeous, simple, and often very healthy recipes that show how this way of eating goes deliciously way beyond the pickled herring cliches. (Tesco Real Food Magazine)

'I fell for the dinner course: four racy soups, including a zingy beetroot and ginger, and a number of piquant fish recipes' (Zoe Williams, Guardian Books of the Year)

'Practical and inspiring . . . Johansen's recipes are homely and doable' (Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year 2011)

Scandinavia is so hip right now...Johansen's fresh and healthy style includes breezy breakfasts of bricher muesli, rhubarb and orange compote and deliciously different afternoon teas of cardomom cream buns and spiced apple cake. (Fork Magazine)

I love this book. Too often cookbooks assume more knowledge than the reader has or too basic but this book is, like its food, simply refreshing, unfussy and... works! That's very Scandinavian of course. (

'Each recipe is accompanied by gorgeous photography and lends itself perfectly to a celebration of the pleasure of sharing good food with friends' (Flavour Magazine)

'Like the genius behind Noma, who fills his menu with northern European specialities, such as local vegetables, foraged herbs and fresh fish, Johansen also wants to shift the gastronomic compass away from the Mediterranean... From Finnish blueberry tart and Bergen fish chowder (after her father's home town) to Norwegian lemon, currant and almond cake, the recipes brim with fresh, accessible flavours' (The Shropshire Star)

Book Description

An introduction to Scandinavian food from breakfast to supper.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4612 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Saltyard Books (24 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067O7GZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear instructions, beautiful results 10 May 2011
What struck me first about this book was how lovely it was to flick through. Clean layout, decorative but not fussy and striking photographs. Very scandinavian, of course. I've followed Signe's blog for some time and admired her baking skills and her knowledgeable approach to food and cooking. So I was very interested in seeing what her first cookbook would be like and I have not been disappointed. The recipes are all clearly written and very easy to follow. I love cooking and am very happy with savoury cooking. However, I'm not an experienced or confident baker. I love good bread but have been always nervous about using fresh yeast, the kneading process and about the amount of skill I would need to produce a good result. Well, on my first attempt at Spelt & Fennel Seed Bread I was delighted with the whole process. The instructions were easy to understand, the kneading was short and easy and I ended up with some absolutely delicious bread. Excited, I made another recipe from the book, Salmon Tartare, to go with it and ended up with a delicious nordic meal before I knew it. Seriously love this book. Too often cookbooks assume more knowledge than the reader has or are too basic but this book is, like its food, simply refreshing, unfussy and... works! My next attempt will be Signe's cinnamon rolls. Can't wait to bake and I thought I'd never say that!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so yummy.... 1 May 2013
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beautiful recipes, I can't wait to try out the bread recipes. I have long been a fan of scandinavian food and flavours. I have so far had a few of the open sandwich suggestions (the goat cheese, radish and rosehip was amazing!), and have also made the potato and egg salad and the cottage cheese with beetroot. Everything tastes really fresh and balanced, and most of it is very healthy as well. If your only experience of scandi food is Ikea's meatballs and Daim cake, you should buy this book if only for the daim bar cake recipe in here, as well as to try some much yummier scandinavian food! A lot of the recipes in here are actually fairly quick to knock up as well, and there are lots of really lovely breakfast and brunch ideas as well. This book is going to be one of those that is hardly ever on the shelf in my house...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply delightful 21 July 2013
I disagree with the review saying the recipes in this book are dull. They are simple, and elegantly so.

I have only bought it recently and had a chance to try only one of the recipe, but, as I was marking the recipes I would like to attempt, I put a sticker on most pages.

I really like this book a lot both as my first insight in the Nordic/Scandinavian cuisine and in general as a collection of interesting ideas.

I'm now looking to get "Scandilicious baking" too!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 16 July 2012
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This is a beautifully designed book, with glorious photos and interesting recipes. I particularly like this book for it's use of spelt flour for baking, so you are keen on avoiding wheat (note that spelt does contain gluten so no good for those seeking gluten free) there are plenty of recipes to choose from.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandi food 27 Dec. 2013
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I love anything Scandinavian, and the cooking is no different. Some lovely mouth watering recipes. A bit unusual some of them, and some of the ingredients a bit difficult to find, but yummy all the same. A great book for those wanting to try something different.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immense 16 Jan. 2014
By Daniel
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If you love your chocolates and desserts then look no further. I have a Norwegian sister in law and she loved this book and it's a nice taste of home
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 23 May 2013
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I love this book . Very useful, Gave me some great ideas. Brought back childhood memories with the family..Loved it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but a bit disappointing 5 Dec. 2013
By Rebecca
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Cookbook is written by a Norwegian 'food anthropologist' trained at Leith's. I can only suggest that this has diluted her heritage. The recipes are well written out, but very simplistic. Do we really need five double pages on salad? The pictures are beautifully posed and styled, but a fair proportion of them are full page shots of the author, looking coy, cute, winsome and Nordic. Fine in its way, but actually a picture of each dish, even a small one, close to the recipe, would be more to the point. And what is the point of a tastefully lit bowl of lemons, or a lone shiny apple? Most of us can recognise fruit by the time we get to buying recipe books, what we might find helpful is a picture of the cake we're aiming to produce. In addition, the grammar ( I know, we don't all agree) is weak and clearly not properly proof read. All in all disappointing. I will certainly use a number if the recipes that are unfamiliar to me, but I could have spent the money better if I'd checked it in a bookshop first.
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