Simply Scandinavian: Travelling in Time with Finnish Cuisine and Nature
Tero Kallio and Kimmo Saira
Raikas Publishing Ltd. (2009)
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (01/10)
I was totally mesmerized when I started flipping through the pages of this cookbook, “Simply Scandinavian,” and all that would come out of my mouth was “WOW!” This is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I have encountered and I have seen and have many. But, there is more besides the beauty of the photographs; the recipes I tried so far are fantastic.
The first recipe I tried was “Rhubarb Smoothie.” I was excited to see I could do more than just stew or make a pie out of rhubarb. Because of my lactose intolerance I was able to use goat yoghurt and rather than sour milk I used coconut kefir. I don’t believe the substitutions made any difference because the end result was to die for.
The second recipe I experimented with is “Dandelion Salad.” Making my usual substitutions worked very well in this recipe also and the end result was very nice. The dressing is creamy, but light.
The third recipe I tried is “Pot-Roasted Mallard.” Although I wasn’t able to get a wild mallard, I purchased a fresh duck. I found it interesting the recipe called for juniper berries. I did have those on hand and know they are available at herb or health food stores. Simply exquisite.
I am looking forward to trying more of the recipes. As I skimmed the rest of the recipes in the book, I will venture to say most ingredients will be found in a kitchen pantry.
Aside from a wonderful collection of recipes “Simply Scandinavian” by Tero Kallio and Kimmo Saira offers the owner of the book a glimpse into Finland with a concise description and beautiful photos of elements in nature. It is very obvious both Kallio and Saira are dedicate to their craft and are willing to share it with others. Their creation is of coffee table book quality and when used will create adventure for the browser and harmony for the diner. What a wonderful gift this book would make to a chef or connoisseur of fine foods.