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Lovely idea but you'll be online more than in the kitchen,
This review is from: Scandinavian Christmas (Hardcover)
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