Cool northern breezes for hot summer days

 Scandinavia may not be the first place you think of when it comes to summer. But, when I lived in Moscow and the weather turned warm, one of the nicest places was a restaurant called Scandinavia. Having spent most of my life in cold places, I know the joy residents of the chilly North take in alfresco dining. Under the restaurant’s leafy canopies I learned how delicious and light the region’s food could be.

 I had already acquired a taste for gravalax — the lightly-cured salmon that is served in place of smoked salmon. It is redolent with dill and black pepper. I learned to luxuriate in fresh shrimp served with a hearty potato salad fresh, green with herbs. Perfectly-cooked salmon was always a star on the menu!
 
That is exactly the delicious type of recipe that The Scandinavian Cookbook by Trina Hahnemann gives you – along with stunning photography, folklore, and personal memories. The book is not only an introduction to the cuisine of Scandinavia, but to its culture. This is a lovely book for beginners and experienced cooks looking for inspiration.
 
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