Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats (英語) ハードカバー – 2015/4/7
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An illustrated lifestyle cookbook on the Swedish tradition of fika--a twice-daily coffee break--including recipes for traditional baked goods, information and anecdotes about Swedish coffee culture, and the roots and modern incarnations of this cherished custom.
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.
"The book is a delicious compendium of nearly 50 illustrated recipes inspired by Brones and Kindvall’s childhoods, equally fueled by Fika. The cookies, cakes and breads (including savory variants) tap right into a growing, universal quest to achieve a more laid-back European lifestyle."
—Lindsey Tramuta, New York Times T Magazine
"As accessible as it is insightful, Fika is a baking book mixed with etiquette how-to and cultural know-how, iced with a calendar of holidays and expressed as a work of illustrated art. "
—Anne Bramley, Paste Magazine
"Operating as both a noun and a verb, the finer points of the fika are sometimes lost on outsiders—until now. Writer Anna Brones and illustrator Johanna Kindvall compiled the history and practice of the fika along with a collection of recipes for Swedish baked goods in their release "Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. [...] For those looking to bring fika vibes to their lives, the book is a wealth of Swedish recipes and cooking tips. Swedish classics like kanelbullar (cinnamon buns spiced with cardamom) and hasselnötsflarn (simple cookies best dipped in a fresh cup of coffee) are easily explained and aided by Kindvall's upbeat illustrations. The visual component of the recipes especially comes in handy for more elaborate specialties like lussekatter (saffron buns). Beyond the classic sweet-baked goods associated with fika, the book gives recipes for savory smörgåsbords, jams, drinks and more contemporary recipes like the ultra-rich chokladbollar (chocolate balls that are, admittedly, mostly butter)."
—Hans Aschim, Cool Hunting
What's amazing is that in this culture they have their Fika typically twice a day - that's two sweets daily - and yet the entire country seems trim, absolutely svelte. Part of it is due, I'm sure, to genetics, and part to the fact that it is a largely walkable country, however, I suspect too that the ability to look forward to Fika actually helps reduce one's urges to respond to food cravings. I mean, who needs to binge when you know that at 10:30 and 3:30 you're going to have your kaffe and treat? This book explores some of the history and cultural meaning behind fika, while also presenting all of the important recipes, with clear, easy-to-follow directions.
Fika has five chapter
history of Swedish coffee
the outdoor season
celebrating more than the everyday
bread, sandwiches, and fika as a snack
It also has a brief list of resources and a nice index.
Each chapter has about 10 recipes. Measurements are given in multiple ways for example 2 cups (10 oz, 284 grams). The design of Fika is very cute with lovely illustrations by Ms. Kindvall. They are elegantly simple and sort of retro.
As I have a wheat allergy, I was happy to see some naturally gluten-free recipes. So far I have only made hasselnotskaka med kaffe. Mine was made with King Arthur Gluten Free Multi Purpose Flour, 24 Ounce and with almonds instead of hazelnuts so should probably be called mandelkaka med kaffe. I had almonds on hand, but didn't have hazelnuts. Despite my needed substitutions, it is quite tasty. As mentioned with hazelnuts, I'm finding I don't have some scandinavian staples in the house. So I've just purchased Raw Oregon Hazelnuts / Filberts (2 Pound Bag) - Oh! Nuts and Simply Organic Cardamom, 2.82 Ounce so I will be ready to make my next treat from Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats
In addition to buying my own copy of Fika, I have sent a copy to my mom and bought one for the library. As you can tell, I'm really enjoying my Fika.
A suggestion: The best book to accompany this is an odd but fun book entitled My Year of Living Danishly. Together these books are great, teaching me all kinds of cultural aspects and insights offering up some enticing new recipes. I'm so glad I indulged my curiosity. Learning about this cultural world has made me look at my world with more insight and delight.