Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats by Anna Brones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: April 2015 by Ten Speed Press
Source: Review copy from Blogging for Books
Sweden is one of the world’s top coffee consuming nations, and the twice-daily social coffee break known as fika is
a cherished custom. Fika can be had alone or in groups, indoors or
outdoors, while traveling or at home. A time to take a rest from work
and chat with friends or colleagues over a cup and a sweet treat, fika
reflects the Swedish ideal of slowing down to appreciate life’s small
joys. In this adorable illustrated cookbook, Anna Brones and Johanna
Kindvall share nearly fifty classic recipes from their motherland—from
cinnamon buns and ginger snaps to rhubarb cordial and rye bread—allowing
all of us to enjoy this charming tradition regardless of where we live.
I liked this cookbook quite a bit, and plan to try a bunch of the recipes in it. There are some cookbooks that are nice aesthetically, but you know you'd never try most of the recipes. That's not the case with this one. While it might not be the prettiest cookbook I own, it was fun to read, and the recipes are accessible with common ingredients.
It also made me want to live in Sweden where I could have a nice fika break every day. I had no idea the Swedes were so fond of their coffee.
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