Sweet Paul's Favorite Nordic & Scandinavian Books!

Here are some of my favorite books about the region of the world I love the most! There are a lot of cookbooks, a few craft books, and a couple design books that are just so special that I want to share them with you! xoxo Sweet Paul

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Scandinavian Baking: Sweet and Savory Cakes and Bakes, for Bright Days and Cozy Nights

A world of steamed-up kitchen windows against a frosty backdrop, delicious Danish pastries, crusty dense breads and creamy layer cakes is summoned up in Trine Hahnemann's spectacularly beautiful new book, Scandinavian Baking. Cakes abound, with every kind of Danish pastry you could ever wish for, a cookie for every occasion, mouthwatering layer cakes, coffee cakes, cream buns plus snippets of baking history, so you can learn all you need to know about Scandinavian baking. Divided into two main sections on cakes and breads, sandwiched between features on Midsummer and Christmas, this is the ultimate compendium on authentic Scandinavian baking with a modern twist.

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Scandinavian Baking: Sweet and Savory Cakes and Bakes, for Bright Days and Cozy Nights

ScandiKitchen Christmas: Recipes and traditions from Scandinavia

Anyone who has ever been in Scandinavian in December will know that Scandinavians really love Christmas. From huddling up in candlelit snowed-in cottages to consuming glögg at every opportunity, Christmas is peak-hygge season all over Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Everything reverts back to tradition once Advent Sunday has come along.

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ScandiKitchen Christmas: Recipes and traditions from Scandinavia

The Nordic Baking Book

Nordic culture is renowned for its love of baking and baked goods: hot coffee is paired with cinnamon buns spiced with cardamom, and cold winter nights are made cozier with the warmth of the oven. No one is better equipped to explore this subject than acclaimed chef Magnus Nilsson. In The Nordic Baking Book, Nilsson delves into all aspects of Nordic home baking - modern and traditional, sweet and savory - with recipes for everything from breads and pastries to cakes, cookies, and holiday treats.

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The Nordic Baking Book

Bakeland: Nordic Treats Inspired by Nature

From the Danish concept of hygge (or “coziness”) to the Swedish fika (or “coffee break”), when it comes to enjoying the good things in life, the Nordic countries tend to know best. And dessert, Bakeland reveals, is no exception.

Written by Marit Hovland, the Norse graphic designer, baker, and photographer behind the popular Instagram account and blog Borrow My Eyes, this gorgeous recipe book is a remarkably innovative homage to the beauty of the world around us that will delight lovers of baking, crafting, nature, and all things Scandinavian.

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Bakeland: Nordic Treats Inspired by Nature

Nordic By Nature: Nordic Cuisine and Culinary Excursions

Nordic by Nature is emphasizing seasonality and restoring the link between food and nature, for cooking to be compatible with healthiness and sustainability.

With Nordic by Nature Gestalten and Borderless Co. are going beyond what’s become predictable, beyond stereotypes of the „Nordic Cuisine“. Nordic by Nature documents the redrafting of Denmark’s cultural culinary heritage as an inspirational insight into the state of the industry as a whole and a reflection of the revolutionary players who create it.

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Nordic By Nature: Nordic Cuisine and Culinary Excursions

The Red Thread: Nordic Design

An elegant exploration of the hugely influential simplicity, beauty, and functionality of Nordic design - timeless, yet on trend

From literature to food, lifestyle to fashion, cinema to architecture, Nordic influence is evident throughout contemporary culture. The Red Thread: Nordic Design celebrates this deep-rooted aesthetic, showcasing the diversity of design from Scandinavia and Finland via more than 200 objects - from everyday items to exquisitely produced decorative glassware, and from traditional handmade textiles to mass-produced products found in homes across the globe. The title is taken from a metaphor, common in the Nordic countries, of a shared and highlighted characteristic (like a long connecting thread in woven material), that runs through and connects themes, ideas, stories, and, in this case, design.

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The Red Thread: Nordic Design

ScandiKitchen: Fika and Hygge: Comforting cakes and bakes from Scandinavia with love

A follow-up to the successful 'The ScandiKitchen' (published September 2015), this new book from Brontë Aurell features over 60 recipes for cakes, bakes, and treats from all over Scandinavia. From indulgent cream confections to homely and comforting fruit cakes and traditional breads, sweet buns, and pastries.

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ScandiKitchen: Fika and Hygge: Comforting cakes and bakes from Scandinavia with love

Northern Comfort: The Nordic Art of Creative Living

The Northern art of life has become a role model for a meaningful work-life balance. Entrepreneurs, designers, and artists are the central figures who influence every- thing from crime fiction to interior design and furniture, to outdoors activities and attitudes toward nature, to craft beer and fashion. Nordic countries have almost closed the gender gap to achieve equal numbers of men and women in education and the economy. Living in the Nordic countries guarantees a good life, way beyond the con- cepts of lagom and hygge. Nothern Comfort shows where this way of life comes from, profiling interior designers, photographers, and experts to give compelling insights into the “happiest people in the world.”

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Northern Comfort: The Nordic Art of Creative Living

North Wild Kitchen: Home Cooking from the Heart of Norway

Named by Saveur magazine as the 2016 Blog of the Year and Best New Voice, North Wild Kitchen and its author Nevada Berg have become one of the best-known voices of Norwegian cooking around the world. Written from her 17th-century mountain farm in rural Norway, Nevada Berg's blog and Instagram feed are brimming with gorgeous--and achievable--ideas for home cooking and entertaining. Berg is a self-taught cook, and her simple and charming approach focuses on seasonal food prepared without a lot of fuss. With dozens of mouthwatering recipes for Norwegian-inspired dishes, this book features equally enticing photography of the food and the country's landscape. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of Norwegian food culture--foraging, fishing, and farming; hunting, harvesting, and camping; baking, grilling, and frying. Along the way, Berg comments on the unique pleasures of Nordic life as she tends to her chickens, explores the outdoors, or sets a welcoming table. Berg is both inviting and entertaining as she weaves her own experiences into each recipe, delivering a beautiful collection of good food and great living from the heart of Norway.

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North Wild Kitchen: Home Cooking from the Heart of Norway

The Nordic Cookbook

The Nordic Cookbook offers an unprecedented look at the rich culinary offerings of the Nordic region with 700 recipes collected by the acclaimed Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson featured in the Emmy-Award winning US PBS series The Mind of a Chef and the Netflix docuseries Chef's Table.

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The Nordic Cookbook

The Noma Guide to Fermentation: Including koji, kombuchas, shoyus, misos, vinegars, garums, lacto-ferments, and black fruits and vegetables

At Noma—four times named the world’s best restaurant—every dish includes some form of fermentation, whether it’s a bright hit of vinegar, a deeply savory miso, an electrifying drop of garum, or the sweet intensity of black garlic. Fermentation is one of the foundations behind Noma’s extraordinary flavor profiles.

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The Noma Guide to Fermentation: Including koji, kombuchas, shoyus, misos, vinegars, garums, lacto-ferments, and black fruits and vegetables

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

In The Nordic Theory of Everything, Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships—parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens. She debunks criticism that Nordic countries are socialist “nanny states,” revealing instead that it is we Americans who are far more enmeshed in unhealthy dependencies than we realize. As Partanen explains step by step, the Nordic approach allows citizens to enjoy more individual freedom and independence than we do.

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The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

The New Nordic: Recipes from a Scandinavian Kitchen

The New Nordic celebrates contemporary Scandinavian cuisine with a focus on seasonal recipes that can easily be recreated at home. Filled with dishes that typify the food of this vast geographical region, this book takes its influence from the traditional ingredients that can be found from Sweden to Finland and Denmark to Norway, and transforms them into modern everyday recipes that are hugely popular throughout Nordic homes.

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The New Nordic: Recipes from a Scandinavian Kitchen

Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way

The latest Scandinavian publishing phenomenon is not a Stieg Larsson–like thriller; it’s a book about chopping, stacking, and burning wood that has sold more than 200,000 copies in Norway and Sweden and has been a fixture on the bestseller lists there for more than a year. Norwegian Wood provides useful advice on the rustic hows and whys of taking care of your heating needs, but it’s also a thoughtful attempt to understand man’s age-old predilection for stacking wood and passion for open fires. An intriguing window into the exoticism of Scandinavian culture, the book also features enough inherently interesting facts and anecdotes and inspired prose to make it universally appealing. The U.S. edition is a fully updated version of the Norwegian original, and includes an appendix of U.S.-based resources and contacts.

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Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way

The Finnish Way: Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness Through the Power of Sisu

Forget hygge--it's time to blow out the candles and get out into the world! Journalist Katja Pantzar did just that, taking the huge leap to move to the remote Nordic country of Finland. What she discovered there transformed her body, mind and spirit. In this engaging and practical guide, she shows readers how to embrace the "keep it simple and sensible" daily practices that make Finns one of the happiest populations in the world, year after year.

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The Finnish Way: Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness Through the Power of Sisu

Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking

Scandinavia is a region of extremes—where effortlessly chic design meets rugged wilderness, and perpetual winter nights are followed by endless days of summer—and Fire and Ice proves that Scandinavian cuisine is no exception. Founding editor of Gastronomica and the West’s leading culinary authority on the cuisines of the European North, Darra Goldstein explores the rich cultural history and culinary traditions of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. From the bold aroma of smoked arctic char to the delicate flavor of saffron buns, and from the earthy taste of chanterelle soup to the fragrant aroma of raspberry-rose petal jam, this beautifully curated cookbook features over 100 inspiring and achievable recipes that introduce home cooks to the glorious and diverse flavors of Nordic cooking.

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Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking

Nordic Bakery Cookbook

The Scandinavian countries are not often known for their baking—not like the French are known for their patisserie, or the Greeks for their syrupy delights—but with their modestly decorated cakes, buns, and cookies, Scandinavian recipes are some of the best, and are always bursting with flavor! The Nordic Bakery is a small chain of highly successful little cafés that are dotted around London, all of which reflect the wholesome but comforting style of baking in Scandinavia. The emphasis is on fresh, seasonal produce and healthier baking ingredients, such as rye flour, oats, and barley, and the rustic but modern menu includes open rye-bread sandwiches, cakes, and cinnamon buns. The Nordic Bakery Cookbook allows you to bake your own Bread, such as the popular rye bread, Savory Pastries, Cakes, Sweet Buns, Desserts, and Biscuits in your own home.

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Nordic Bakery Cookbook

How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life

The “Danish coziness” philosophy is fast becoming the new “French living” in terms of aspirational lifestyle books and blogs. There are countless viral articles comparing the happiness levels of Americans versus Danes. Their homes are more homey; their people are more cheerful. It’s an attitude that defies definition, but there is a name for this slow-moving, stress-free mindset: hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”). Hygge values the idea of cherishing yourself: candlelight, bakeries, and dinner with friends; a celebration of experiences over possessions, as well as being kind to yourself and treasuring a sense of community.

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How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life

Living Lagom: A Swedish Guide to a Balanced Life

We all want to feel healthier, happier and richer not only on the outside but also on the inside. The Swedish concept of lagom can help us to live a happier, more harmonious and balanced life. Lagom is used to describe the perfect state when something is neither too much, nor too little. It is just enough to make you satisfied. It can be used when talking about anything from the weather to how much milk you pour in your coffee. If the question starts with "How much?" the typical answer in Sweden is "lagom."The Swedish apply lagom to most aspects of their life without thinking about it. This book will show you how lagom can be incorporated into your personal life, family, relationships, work, home, health, and wellbeing. Living lagom is to live a moderate life where balance is the key to success in all areas. To encourage you to create a healthier lifestyle the lagom way, this book includes some easy Swedish recipes. Why not surround yourself with family and friends and cook together? This is a good activity to enjoy together instead of eating out. To conclude the book, there’s a 21-day challenge with ideas to help you live a more legion lifestyle. You can try everything from self-care to new activities, and get useful tips on how to clean up your home and your life once and for all.

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Living Lagom: A Swedish Guide to a Balanced Life

The Scandi Kitchen: Simple, delicious dishes for any occasion

There’s so much more to Nordic food than pickled herring and meatballs. Stretching from the midnight sun of northern Norway to the flat, fertile fields of Denmark, Scandinavian food culture is a lot more varied than you might think. Dishes and ingredients link all the regions together, bringing a uniquely Nordic food experience to life that was created by thousands of years of heritage and shared culture. Scandinavian food is simple. Natives call it ‘husmanskost’ (farmer’s fare). It’s natural and honest. When you work with the very best produce, there’s no need to overcomplicate it. Its appeal lies in the fact that it is healthy, wholesome, flavorsome, simple to make and beautiful to look at. This book features recipes for all occasions and times of the day, ranging from morning buns, lunchtime savories, hearty dinners, and indulgent desserts, to bakes and other foods for special celebrations. Enjoy fresh and simple open sandwiches, healthy Nordic salads, delicious traditional hot dishes, and indulgent cakes. Discover new flavors and textures from mustard pickled herring and gravlax to sticky Kladdkaka cake.

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The Scandi Kitchen: Simple, delicious dishes for any occasion

The Nordic Kitchen: One year of family cooking

In this book, Claus Meyer brings the ethos that built Noma into the world's best restaurant into the home with easy-going, accessible dishes that will fit seamlessly into family life. The book is divided into four seasonal chapters so that you can get the most from the food and flavors in season. There are also features on food from the wild, including chanterelles, dandelions and blackberries.

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The Nordic Kitchen: One year of family cooking

Real Nordic Living: Design, Food, Art, Travel

Real Nordic Living celebrates the impact that Scandinavian culture has had internationally on art, design, fashion, food, and interiors, while seeking out the creatives and tastemakers who are bringing this covetable lifestyle to the general public.

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Real Nordic Living: Design, Food, Art, Travel

Scandinavian Design

Scandinavians are exceptionally gifted in design. They are world-famous for their inimitable, democratic designs which bridge the gap between crafts and industrial production. The marriage of beautiful organic forms with everyday functionality is one of the primary strengths of Scandinavian design and one of the reasons why Scandinavian creations are so cherished and sought after.

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Scandinavian Design

Arne & Carlos' Favorite Designs: Greatest Hits and New Inspirations

Across 15 years and 7 uniquely beautiful instructional books, Arne & Carlos have built their brand, from breakout phenomenon to reliable suppliers of creative inspiration. Now they've gathered the "best of the best"―70 of their favorite techniques and patterns, including balls, dolls, birds, slippers, sweaters, scarves, mittens, and more―in a sourcebook that has something for everyone. Arne & Carlos not only share their greatest hits in fresh and exciting ways, they also provide 15 brand-new projects, for 85 masterful designs in total.

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Arne & Carlos' Favorite Designs: Greatest Hits and New Inspirations

Sweet Paul Eat and Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love

Divided into Morning, Brunch, Noon, and Night, with color palettes to match, Sweet Paul Eat and Make includes breakfast dishes like Morning Biscuits with Cheddar, Dill, and Pumpkin Seeds and brunches like Smoked Salmon Hash with Scallions, Dill, and Eggs. For lunch, there’s a super-quick Risotto with Asparagus, and for dinner, Maple-Roasted Chicken and a stunning Norwegian specialty, World’s Best Cake. Rustically chic craft projects—paper flowers made out of coffee filters, a vegetable-dyed tablecloth, and a trivet from wooden clothespins—will captivate even those who are all thumbs.

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Sweet Paul Eat and Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love

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