Kitchen of Light: The New Scandinavian Cooking

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This charming and personal exploration of Scandinavian food and culture from one of public television's most charismatic cooks engages readers with personal anecdotes and flavorful recipes. Andreas shows the best way to cure gravlaks, make butter, prepare a poached salmon feast, and flambé a pork tenderloin with Scandinavia's favorite spirit aquavit. He shares his passion for traditional recipes such as Pork Rib Roast with Cloves, Mashed ...

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This charming and personal exploration of Scandinavian food and culture from one of public television's most charismatic cooks engages readers with personal anecdotes and flavorful recipes. Andreas shows the best way to cure gravlaks, make butter, prepare a poached salmon feast, and flambé a pork tenderloin with Scandinavia's favorite spirit aquavit. He shares his passion for traditional recipes such as Pork Rib Roast with Cloves, Mashed Rutabaga, and Norwegian Pancakes filled with berries.

In Kitchen of Light readers are transported to Viestad's Norway—fishing for cod, halibut, and salmon; gathering chanterelles, porcini, and wild berries. More than 100 recipes emphasize fresh, simple ingredients in delicious and elegant dishes such as Pepper-Grilled Oysters and Scallops and Roast Dill-Scented Chicken with Leeks and Potatoes. This inspired cookbook, a companion to the public television series New Scandinavian Cooking, is perfect for home cooks, armchair travelers, cultural food enthusiasts, and anyone who yearns for the simple life.

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Editorial Reviews

The San Francisco Chronicle
“Refreshingly un-chefy. An enjoyable, beautifully illustrated book.”
San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles Times
“A witty and insightful tour through culinary and cultural norway.”
Los Angeles Times
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Exciting, modern cuisine from the land of midnight sun.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Publishers Weekly
This compendium of modern Scandinavian recipes is a perfect marriage of fresh recipes, most of which aren't too difficult, and clean layout and design. Author Viestad finds a nice balance between seriousness and fun in his brief texts about everything from Hulda Garborg (a feminist and the author of one of the first-ever Norwegian cookbooks in 1898) to an ode to crayfish under the subtitle There Is Something Crawling in My Bathtub. Modern Scandinavian cooking, at least as represented here, is ideally suited to the way we eat now, with a healthy dose of fish and respect for ingredients that lets their flavors shine. In fact, about half of the book is dedicated to fish dishes. There are two recipes for transforming salmon into the Scandinavian classic Gravlaks and more innovative treatment of seafood in the form of Grilled Mackerel with Sweet Chili Glaze and Charred Sage, and Thyme-and-Garlic Steamed Mussels with a Hint of Cinnamon. An entire chapter on the staples cod and potatoes includes Truffled Cod with Garlic-Veal Glace and rustic Potatoes with Goose Fat and Lemon. Vegetable, meat and poultry dishes are less central than the trove of seafood recipes, but they hardly seem like afterthoughts in recipes such as Lamb Chops with Mushrooms, Zucchini, and Yogurt-Mint Sauce, and Onion Pie with Jarlsberg and Thyme. Desserts are often stunningly simple and fruit-based: Strawberry Snow is a simple berry mousse, while The Devil's Rhubarb consists of raw stalks dipped in sugar and nibbled between sips of vodka. (May) Forecast: Viestad is charming both in print and in his pictures. His PBS series New Scandinavian Cooking with Andreas Viestad will begin airing in May, which is sure to propel what is already an extremely solid effort with breathtaking art and enticing recipes. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579652166
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Andreas Viestad is Norway’s premier food columnist and writes a weekly column in Dagbladet. He is also the host of American Public Television’s series New Scandinavian Cooking, now in its third season, which airs in more than sixty countries. When he isn’t traveling, he and his family divide their time between Oslo, Norway, and Cape Town, South Africa. He is the author of Where Flavor Was Born.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: 9
On the Wings of Fortune: 15
The Best Cure: 37
How We Survived: Cod and Potatoes: 53
A Midsummer Night’s Feast: 83
Talking Fish: 97
In the Land of the Midnight Sun: 113
Out on a Limb: 127
Sheep in Black Tie and Stockings: 155
The First Vanguard: 169
Christmas: Same Procedure Every Year: 187
The High Life: 203
A Secret Place: 219
Bring Me Berries: 245
Skål!: 283
Mail-Order Sources: 294
Acknowledgments: 294
Index 295
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2003

    CLIMATE IS COLD BUT COOKING IS HOT

    Temperatures may plummet but the cooking is hot and delicious in this intriguing cookbook, a companion to Viestad's upcoming PBS series. He's young, adventurous, and has an appealing approach to food. In his own words 'Kitchen Of Light' 'is a book that features food and recipes from Scandinavia, the northernmost part of Europe. Our culinary traditions are all about proximity to nature - an important part of our lives.' Those words take luscious life as we find Viestad on a beach in a mobile kitchen presiding over cod carpaccio, baked halibut, and arctic cloudberry cream. Honey coated leg of lamb with winter vegetables is served in an ancient Viking city, and the dauntless young chef even takes to the water on a fisherman's boat to prepare cod roe and cod with truffles. Good food brings the holidays to mind and we find a fitting yuletide celebration with Christmas pork rib and rice pudding. There is more, much, more, and all of it mouth watering. Where else will you find the best cheeseburger in the world made of grouse, venison, pork and fois gras topped with Norwegian cheese?

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