Cookbook Review: North the New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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At first glance, North is gorgeous and would serve a better purpose as a coffee table book rather than a cookbook that you will be using again and again.  I had very little knowledge of Iceland prior to reading North, and the authors did a great job introducing me to its vibrant culture, humble people, and unique cuisine.  




One of the most enjoyable parts of this book is the stunning photography  which captures the striking landscapes as well as the mouthwatering dishes.  I also love the tribute paid to the purveyors whom the chefs sought out to provide the finest Nordic ingredients.  After each interview with the purveyors, recipes follow with focus on the ingredients (ie. cod, char, geyser bread, barley, birch and mushroom,salt, goat, etc) from the purveyors.   I love the style of food that is heavily featured in the book--local Nordic cuisine with focus on vegetables and foraged plants without the complicated chemicals often used in molecular gastronomy.  The recipes are complex but instructions well written.  


  

Overall, this is a beautiful book and would be more interesting for an advanced cook/chef although there are a few recipes that one can attempt at home but would need an entire day to prep and cook.  I look forward to making these recipes: roasted cod soup, tea poached skate, custard with blueberries and cinnamon sugar,and  beer mustard.

Overall, this is a beautiful book and would be more interesting for an advanced cook/chef although there are a few recipes that one can attempt at home but would need an entire day to prep and cook.  I look forward to making these recipes: roasted cod soup, tea poached skate, custard with blueberries and cinnamon sugar,and  beer mustard. 

*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher

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