Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cookbook Review: North

Iceland is known for being one of the most beautiful and untouched places on earth, and a burgeoning destination for travelers lured by its striking landscapes and vibrant culture. Iceland is also home to an utterly unique and captivating food scene, characterized by its distinctive indigenous ingredients, traditional farmers and artisanal producers, and wildly creative chefs and restaurants.
Perhaps no Icelandic restaurant is as well-loved and critically lauded as chef Gunnar Gíslason’s Restaurant Dill, which opened in Reykjavík’s historic Nordic House in 2009. North is Gíslason’s wonderfully personal debut: equal parts recipe book and culinary odyssey, it offers an unparalleled look into a star chef’s creative process. But more than just a collection of recipes, North is also a celebration of Iceland itself—the inspiring traditions, stories, and people who make the island nation unlike any other place in the world.

I loved the pictures and reading and learning new things about Iceland.  The pictures of Iceland were absolutely gorgeous.  I really like the new trend I'm seeing in some cookbooks where you learn not only new recipes, but about the culture or country where the recipes originate.  Unfortunately, as a cookbook, this wasn't a big hit for me.  I would probably cook very few of the recipes.  They just didn't look or sound very appetizing to me, and many of the ingredients would be hard to find.  

I still think this cookbook is worth having in my collection, and I really enjoyed reading it.

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