Sunday, 9 August 2015

Fire + Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking - Darra Goldstein


I selected Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking for a couple of reasons. The first is that I adore fresh fish and seafood recipes and am always on the hunt for new tricks in their preparation—and if anyone can teach me this, it's going to be the Scandinavians. The second reason is I have lately been dreaming of taking a cruise to the Fjords, and I hoped Fire and Ice might give me more insight on what culinary treasures I could expect. Oh man, did it ever.

The cover is quite terrible. Let's just get that out of the way right now, because I know you see that too. The cover cost it a star. If this cookbook were on a table in a bookstore and I did not already have an interest in Scandinavian cooking, I would have never even given the book a first glace, let alone a second. A shame, because Fire and Ice is gorgeous inside. Stories, details, and recipes from Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark are enveloped by crisp and stunning photographs of the rural corners of these countries. The recipes themselves are simple to prepare and represented perfectly by the photographs that accompany them. I personally made the Egg Salad with Swedish Anchovies, the Shrimp Salad with Asparagus-Dill Terrine, and the Fire Glow Salmon (with a side of Carmelized Potatoes). Everything was delicious. Although I was given a free copy of this cookbook from Ten Speed Press in exchange for my honest opinion, I will be purchasing a hard copy of Fire and Ice when it is released on October 13th.


Amazon Link: Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking

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