Back when Christina and I first started this website we used to do cookbook reviews pretty regularly, and I’ve missed doing them. I have an obscene number of cookbooks, and I won’t feel like as much of a hoarder if I can share my love of these books with you! Today I’m sharing Scandinavian Gatherings by Melissa Bahen. In full disclosure I know Melissa, but I ordered this book off Amazon, and I love it!
The first thing I noticed about this book is how gorgeous it is. It is full of beautiful colors and patterns. Just the colors on the inside of the covers are enough to make you want to buy the book! This is the kind of book that makes me want to write about my own heritage, but I don’t think that I could do it justice!
Even if you’re not looking for Scandinavian recipes, this book is full of information about Scandinavian culture and craft ideas. I love the idea of introducing my kids to different parts of the world, and this book is a great way to explore without leaving home (which is way more affordable than eight tickets to Sweden!). The book is divided into different celebrations, from Fika to Lucia Day. I made the Jam Cakes from the Christmas Cookie Exchange section. The recipe was simple, and it was delicious. I don’t say this very often, but I think it was even better the second day.
If your only Scandinavian exposure is at IKEA, then Scandinavian Gatherings is a beautiful starter, and it doesn’t require a journey through a convoluted concrete maze! Just looking at the inside cover of this book will bring a smile to your face!