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Under the Walnut Tree: Good Ideas from Our Kitchen [Hardcover]

Anna Bergenstrom , Fanny Bergenstrom
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Book Description

1 May 2012
Under the Walnut Tree is an inspiring cookbook by mother and daughter team, Anna and Fanny Bergenstrom. Combining international and Scandinavian flavours, recipes are organised by ingredient, such as coconut, ginger, chillies, chocolate and vanilla. There are also menu suggestions covering everything from small, intimate dinners to large parties. Filled to the brim with 400 recipes and over 300 colour photographs, this is a cookbook to be used and relished year after year. Anna and Fanny Bergenstrom have previously collaborated on a number of best-selling titles in their native Sweden.


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742702074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742702070
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anna Bergenstr m is one of Sweden's most famous and cherished food writers. Her cookbooks have been a staple in Swedish homes for nearly 40 years. She has published 15 cookbooks and sold millions of copies in Scandinavia and worldwide. Anna's cooking style is influenced by her childhood years spent in Provence, France and her home country, Sweden. In 2002 Anna was appointed a title of honour for her contributions to Swedish food culture. Fanny Bergenstr m, Anna's daughter, is a successful food and travel photographer who collaborates with Anna on many of her cookbooks. Fanny contributes food ideas and recipe inspirations from the places she visits as well as designing and photographing Anna's books.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, varied and informative 13 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover
I came across this book just browsing on amazon. I was puzzled by the names of the writers, but a Finnish friend told me they were the most popular mother-daughter food writers of Scandinavia.

The recipes are international but many are Swedish, French or Chilean inspired. The pictures are beautiful but it's not a one photo per recipe book, in fact, many are scattered throughout the book with a reference to the recipe page and vice versa. There's a rustic / minimalistic vibe to them and it's all very calming.

There are 17 chapters headed by ingredients : avocado, chocolate, tea, cardamom, tomato... the recipes sound simple and tasty. Many I already have in other books but a lot of new ones or with new twists.
Here are a few recipe titles :

Savoury tomato bread
Pea, farro and avocado salad with mint
Almond and olive biscotti (savoury)
Minced fish on lemongrass
Chèvre and thyme dip
Swedish Lindström patties
Spaghetti from Verona (mushrooms, porcini, nuts)
Mushroom quiches

Festive almond slices
Tosca pie with walnuts
Mango cheesecake
Swedish ginger pears
French pear and almond cake
Shrikand
Our best vega buns (w. cardamom)

I think if you could easily live with just one cookbook it could be this one as it's so full of different recipes (perhaps a bit like Feast by Nigella). But of course I would never give up my other ones!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Selection, Excellently Presented 18 Nov 2012
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This was a present. Having not heard of it before I didn't know what to expect. However, this really is an excellent book full of inspiring recipes that are healthy and tasty.
The book is split up and contains 17 chapters dedicated to ingredients (examples include Avocado, Raspberries, Ginger and citrus) and recipes with them as the main ingredient. The recipes come from all over including Sweden, France, Morocco or Italy. The emphasis is on fresh ingredients and good food. Examples include various soups and salads, tagines, one pot recipes and some deserts. The recipes are very well detailed and easy to follow. The pictures look gorgeous and just make you want to try them and each one I have tried so far has worked and is very tasty. The final chapter is called on the menu and makes some suggestions of which recipes would go together for certain situations.

As a recipes book this is possible my favourite one for a long while, I get quite a few. What I really like is the focus on fresh ingredients and healthy food. If that is the kind of book you are looking for then you should definitely get this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure of yumminess 25 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Neatly organised by ingredient, this book has a clean and somehow understated design, and an incredible amount of simply written and beautifully photographed recipes I can't wait to try. The ones I already did turned out perfect!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy days are back to my kitchen 24 July 2012
By Claudia
Format:Hardcover
After more than 20 years of cooking to my family on a daily basis I had completely lost any remaining interest in experimenting in the kitchen, and had also stopped buying cooking books. However, this book insisted on following me home from a bookstore, claiming it had recipes not only for all my favorite dishes but also for many more that would become my favorites... I've spent the past couple of weeks both experimenting with the great recipes of Anna and Fanny and their friends, and getting inspiration to modify them and to invent my own. Something I thought was irretrievably lost is back: I enjoy cooking more than ever. This has also been a real feast for my family and friends. Now I've ordered some copies to give away to others whom I know will fall in love with this book and, I believe, spread the love to their families and friends. Besides the great recipes, the structure of the book (by main ingredients) and the beautiful photos make this book a real treat and a perfect gift.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book! 15 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this cookbook after reading the recommendations for it. As someone who enjoys reading cookbooks "Under the Walnut Tree" does not disappoint, I really love this cookbook. The book is well written by mother and daughter Anna and Fanny Bergenstrom and beautifully presented, the photography makes you want to try everything.

The recipes are an eclectic mix and I particularly like the way the recipes are laid out, with 16 chapters based on main ingredients rather than starter, main, etc. Chapters include avocado, tomatoes, leafy greens, herbs, chillies, horseradish, ginger, citrus, nuts and seeds, coconut, cardamom, pears, mango, raspberries, vanilla, tea and chocolate. However to be clear, this is not a vegetarian cookbook as the chapter headers may suggest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read 7 July 2013
By snoozy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am so pleased I bought this book, I get a bit in a rut with meals and menus, this is a lovely written book ad a lot of recipes I will use. I have bought books in the past and used one recipe from them and never looked at it again. This is well worth the buy. You won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 2 July 2013
By Katie B
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of my favourite books of many cook books. Beautiful pictures. Straightfoward recipes. Dips into a different world. I love the Nut recipes particularly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Christmas Present . 14 Mar 2013
By Ruthie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this for a niece at Christmas . She says that she found the recipes easy and the results were very good
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