One of the most enjoyable ways to learn about other cultures is through their food. This book takes us to the five nations of Scandinavia: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. There the daily fare includes gravalax (cured salmon), smorrebrod (thick open-faced sandwiches), pea soup, pancakes, and appelkaka (apple cake). Traditional Christmas foods are discussed, as well as the tradition of the fika (or "going out for coffee") and the well-known, huge buffets called smorgasbords. Simple, delicious recipes are provided for oat porridge with strawberry preserves, a roast beef smorrebrod, pea soup, and strawberry cream cake.
"These titles offer easy, delicioius recipes (some with as few as two ingredients) and insights into the cultures that produced them. Each volume is well researched, and culture and food go hand-in-hand. Each title ends with a metric conversion chart and extensive chapter notes. Clear, large full-color photographs spice up the texts. The language is inviting and not overly challenging, and each book could be used for reports on culture as well for cooking. These tasty books, especially the more obscure Ethiopian title, will be appreciated in most libraries."
--School Library Journal, May 2008
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