The Swedish Table
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The Swedish Table

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by Helene Henderson
     
 

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"Although I never physically fit in . . . being the sole tall, awkward African American among a sea of beautiful blonde, blue-eyed Swedes, it was my home. When I tasted the first potato of the summer, just dug out of the ground, or when I picked the first ripe cloudberry and popped it in my mouth, or when I took in the scent of seawater and we grilled salmon just

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"Although I never physically fit in . . . being the sole tall, awkward African American among a sea of beautiful blonde, blue-eyed Swedes, it was my home. When I tasted the first potato of the summer, just dug out of the ground, or when I picked the first ripe cloudberry and popped it in my mouth, or when I took in the scent of seawater and we grilled salmon just off the boat, it didn't matter what I looked like - I was Swedish. I was home, and I did belong." -Helene HendersonDrawing on her fondest childhood memories, Helene Henderson offers welcome insight into the treasures of Swedish cooking. From the potato, a Swedish staple, to dessert, the start of Swedish cuisine, The Swedish Table contains more than 125 recipes, including Yellow Pea Soup with Bacon (Artsoppa), Lentil Salad with Radishes (Linssallad), Aquavit and Dill Marinated Salmon (Gravlax), Swedish Meatballs with Gravy (Kottbullar), and the country's traditional pastry, Bulla.Encompassing both traditional Swedish dishes and modern, updated recipes, Henderson combines the ingredients and scents from the past with the produce and flavor of today. The Swedish Table includes an extensive guide to Swedish traditions and celebrations, the foods that accompany them, and a color gallery of photos. With this complete collection of elegant yet easy-to-follow recipes, Henderson takes us on an enticing tour through the magic of the forest, the lakes, and the farms of the Swedish countryside.

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"As someone who loves to eat and has enjoyed Helene's cooking, I certainly recommend this very interesting cookbook." -Barbara Streisand

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ISBN-13:
9780816645138
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
04/14/2005
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Helene Henderson is an African American, Swedish-born chef who was raised in Lulea, Sweden, where she learned cooking. In 1997, she started Lavender Farms Catering in Los Angeles, specializing in organic foods and feeding some of the most famous mouths in town. She lives with her husband, screenwriter and director John Stockwell, and their three children.

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Swedish Table 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Swedish Table demonstrates that not only are the French good cooks, but so are the Swedes! Helene Henderson was born and raised in Sweden. She learned cooking from her grandmother and worked in the family business. She owns a catering business in Los Angeles where she is known for utilizing organic food. She lives there with her husband and three children. This book has some lovely color photos. Henderson takes us on a journey with each recipe and makes me feel her enthusiasm and love of her heritage. Her recipes are easy-to-read and being she has been living in the United States, she understands what we don't know of her culture and does an excellent job at explaining the food and culture. Her recipes are so well written that this book is perfect for the novice or for the person curious of Swedich cuisine. The chapters included in this book are: Hot and Chilled Soups Potatoes Meat, Game and Chicken Fish and Shellfish Vegetables and Salads Sandwiches Eggs, Waffles and Pancakes Desserts, Pastries and Bread Beverages and Wild Berry Preserves. Some wonderful recipes you will find in this book are: Gravlax and Nasturtium Sandwiches with Mustard-Dill sauce, Lentil Soup with Roasted Garlic and Baby New Potatoes, Roasted Baby Beet Salad, Sweet Rolls with Almond Paste. I would have never thought that I would be a fan of Swedish food, but now I am. This book has inspired me to research more about the country and desires to visit the country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago