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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (June 17 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602392625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602392625
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.7 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Originally published in 1945, this cookbook has sold over 3.4 million copies in Sweden, according to the publisher, and is now available in the U.S. for the first time. In a country that celebrates most special occasions with a coffee klatch that includes seven different kinds of cookies, this guide has served as a culinary bible. With more than 300 recipes — many of which have been culled from bake-off contest winners—the book is divided into categories like Sweet Breads, Rolls, Rusks and Cakes. Among the popular treats are the buttery wreath and pretzel-shaped cookies familiar to collectors of cookie tins; several variations on Danish pastry; puffy, raisin-studded saffron buns eaten around Christmas time; and Prinsesstärta, an elaborate sponge, preserves, marzipan and cream confection typically found at the coffee klatch. Also included are several gluten-free, egg-free and sugar-free sweets. Though the recipes themselves are short on direction, tips for using the proper equipment and ingredients, and strategies for achieving the desired look and textures, are interspersed throughout. As many American readers have tried Swedish cuisine only at their local Ikea store, this cookbook provides a window to a celebratory culture and its many intriguing flavors. (Apr.)
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After trying to bake from my father and grandmother's Swedish baking books for years, I recieved this book from relatives visiting from Sweden a while back. I absolutly love it! It is really easy to follow and the recipes are exactly what I remember eating from my Farmor's kitchen!! I am actually buying this one for my dad since this book includes so many of his favorite recipes in one book, in English.
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By Clare O' Reilly on Dec 16 2012
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I bought this book because I saw the Swedish version while on vacation and wanted to have an English version. I had tasted Swedish sweet dough in it's forms and wanted to learn how to make it. This is a great book, I have tried many recipes with great success and look forward to trying more. This book has so many recipes you will be hard pressed to try them all.
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By r3m on Dec 7 2013
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Great cookbook for me, as these are the cakes and cookies I grew up with. Recipes are clear, reliable and easy to follow, and a lot easier to read than my mother's handwritten swedish!
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… I can bake just like her. There are even gluten free recipes that are a hit! I recommend it!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
great little / big book Feb. 21 2009
By glouise - Published on
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A compact book with a nice selection of recipes and a huge number of them for such a small book. Each recipe comes with a colored picture. Some recipes have a small description but with the colored pictures, for many an introduction is not necessary and they don't bother. Nicely laid out with metric and imperial measurements (no conversions or translation needed). I can believe this book has been around for 63 years. It is not pretentious or trendy but packs a lot in a small space and may become what I consider a standby book. One of the ones you reach for and always seem to find something that will work. Also a big plus, most of the ingredients are easy to come by.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Swedish treat book Jan. 29 2011
By jennibean - Published on
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My family is swedish, and my grandmother has alzheimer's disease. Most of her receipes are in her head or with my mom or aunts. So I decided to try out this book. The first thing I tried was "Grandmothers Saffran buns" They turned out perfectly (maybe even better than my mom's - don't tell her I said that). Then I tried the lace cookies, just like grandmas! The recipes are very easy to follow and there are great tips on making dough and other things.

I love it!!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Awesome and diverse. Feb. 21 2009
By Bumblebug - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this book at a library and since I am a pastry student, I was thinking it would have a few interesting things in it.

I underestimated how good this book would be. There are so many recipes and a lot of pictures to illustrate what the recipe will look like when completed. And maybe even just to make you salivate.

There is a picture for nearly every recipe. The pictures are medium size and no frills, but I don't mind because this is such a great reference for any devoted baker.

I intend to make some of these items for my portfolio.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Best cookbook ever March 8 2010
By WonderEuroTeacher - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the best cookbook I've ever used, not a single recipe has failed me, and the result is always a yummy treat, often with not much sugar used. The currant cookies yield about 40 cookies, and only 1/4 c. sugar is called for, they are delicious and not too fattening. This is the next best thing to actually traveling back to Sweden. Now, if only they would get going and publish a book on soups, I'd be set for life.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent !! Jan. 25 2009
By Jensina E. Burton - Published on
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I have been cooking from the Swedish version of this book for years and had to translate into english. The cakes and cookies are absolutely terrific. Great to find it in English for friends.

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