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Scandinavian Christmas

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Celebrate Christmas Scandinavian style—where every day from the first Advent Sunday to the end of December is part of the holiday. Trine Hahnemann serves up a cornucopia of festive recipes for brunches, cocktail and tea parties, lunches, and dinners, all filled with traditional goodies and delicious modern dishes. Enjoy regional specialties such as spiced gløgg wine, Slow- ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Sterling (first published September 1st 2012)
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Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Truthfully, I will never make any of these recipes. However, the book is beautifully put together. The pictures are stunning and the whole book feels so cozy. I loved it!
Lucy Pollard-Gott
Scandinavian Christmas is a beautiful book. From the crisp red, white, and silver of the cover to the gorgeous full-color photography inside to the clear, attractive design of the recipes, this book was a joy to page through and learn from. The pictures felt close-up and immediate and carried me right into the sunny, snowy world of a Scandinavian Christmas, with its bright decorations, savory roasts and tangy fish, earthy root vegetables, and abundant sweet baking.

Hahnemann introduces the book w
Although the title is Scandinavian Christmas, the author lives in Denmark and a lot of the recipes are Danish. Some of them are not quite what I am used to, having married into a Danish-American family 44 years ago, but I know that Denmark today is not exactly the same as when my husband's ancestors came here in the 1870s and 1880s. The book is illustrated with many beautiful photographs that will make you want to play in the snow, make tasteful natural decorations, and just generally bring the ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
If you have a large number of cookbooks from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland in your collection, you should probably shelve this one with the Danish books rather than with the pan-Scandinavian ones, despite the title. Trine Hahnemann is a Dane who lives in Copenhagen and has written five cookbooks in the Danish language. The recipes in this book are truly from all over Scandinavia but often in their Danish version. The traditions (if not the theology) of Christmas are very strong in the Nort ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am ethically Swedish (by both heritage and choice), and this is a very inspiring book!

However, I think the recipes were not adequately tested. For example, the recipe for pate that calls for 8 oz of pork liver- and 8 POUNDS of pork fat!- is clearly not right. That will not give you a pate. And that huge fail makes me look at the other recipes with suspicion. Especially when a bread recipe calls for "whole wheat rye" flour, when there is not such a thing; a mix of whole wheat and rye? 100% whol
Marathon County Public Library
Since marrying into a Norwegian family, I have looked for traditional foods to prepare around the holiday season. "Scandinavian Christmas" does a great job of giving basic recipes for the Christmas season while also providing ideas for Advent, Christmas parties, and the popular Smorgasbord. This cookbook is well thought out and presented in easy-to-follow sections. The pictures are beautiful and give you a sense of being in Scandinavia for a holiday feast. Definitely check this cookbook out for ...more
Maya Panika
A pretty little cookery book - very much a book of recipes with accompanying notes about the Scandinavian Christmas, rather than the book about Christmas I was expecting. I would have like more, better, bigger pictures too. Some snowscapes, some landscapes, some interiors and exteriors all decked for the holiday. There are plenty of pictures, but they're almost all of the food. When other pictures appear, they tend to be small and used in montages. I would have liked more folklore, more stories, ...more
Rachel B
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
I enjoyed reading the "backstory" of certain Christmas traditions (mostly food-related) in Scandinavia.

The recipes are definitely not what I'm used to as an American (plenty of duck, lamb, fish, and spiced breads/cakes) and a few recipes explained that the ingredients were rare and included websites to order them; therefore, this isn't the most practical book for myself.

I do wish there had been even more stories and traditions explained. (And I wish the title had included a descriptor indicating
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A beautiful cookbook with nice photos Christmas table settings and outdoor winter scenes. I mostly was in search for a sugar cookie that could be decorated and still taste good. I came pretty close with the Gingerbread Cookie recipe here. They are sturdy spiced cookies that hold up well with travel and time. The only change I would make for next years is to add a splash of vanilla and a pat of butter to the frosting.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and learning about Christmas traditions. There were quite a few pictures in this book and I really loved the chapter prefaces, with the author sharing her family traditions and what they love. The recipes were pretty delicious too. Although along with the normal Scandinavian food being mainly fish and food of that sort, I would totally eat what was in this book. I am looking forward to making the gingerbread cookies YUM!!
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
The only good thing I can say about this book is that the photography is nice. The recipes mostly aren't that good and involve a lot of pesky or harder to find ingredients. The authorial voice is unappealing. And I really don't feel I got a better sense of Scandinavia by book's end.
Jonna Gjevre
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
If you are thinking about leaving porridge out for the elves, then this is the book you'll need for the holidays. Also, you will want to buy an æbleskiver pan.
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Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is very well presented but truly a gift type book. I'll keep my copy but as a good practical and historical guide to Scandinavian Christmas styling and traditions it's just ok.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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Interesting, beautifully photographed . . . but, yeah - I use dried yeast and found the constant rebuke tiring.
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