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5.0 out of 5 stars Great flavours, fresh ingredients, 18 May 2009
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This review is from: The Food and Cooking of Norway: Traditions, Ingredients, Tastes, Techniques and Over 60 Classic Recipes (The Food & Cooking of) (Hardcover)
The thing I like most about this book, apart from the fact that the recipes work, is that the ingredients and flavours are all so fresh and clear.

Apart from the some of the recipes in the chapter on game nearly all the ingredients used in the recipes are easy to source in the UK, where I live.

I also very much like that there is a great variety in the ingredients and that recipes are usually described complete with vegetable accompaniments. None of the recipes are over-complicated although most of them are characterized by elegance.

Each recipe is shown with at least one photograph, and there are often additional photographs showing some of the steps in the cooking process. The title is given in English and Norwegian. A short description of the dish is followed by number steps to completion and there is a list of ingredients, headed by the number of people that the dish is intended to serve.

Simple starters like wild mushroom soup, pickled beetroot and baked ham omelette are followed by lovely combinations like salmon rolls with asparagus and butter sauce, creamed shellfish in a spinach ring, lamb fricassee, roast pork loin wit red cabbage, roe deer medallions with redcurrant (which I did with beef), and quail in cream sauce. Desserts and baked items include honey and ginger baked apples, cream and fruit layer cake and Christmas cake.

Not a good one for those watching their weight - double cream is used in a lot of the recipes.

There is a brief history of Norway in the introduction, a description of festivals and celebrations, an overview of Norwegian cuisine and a useful description of traditional foodstuffs.

At the end there is a list of suppliers in Norway, the UK and the US, including some which are available online. one of the Norwegian suppliers offers mail order overseas.

The pages are glossy and the overall quality is absolutely excellent.
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