Swedish Christmas Hardcover – Nov 13 2003
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About the Author
Peter Astrom, photographer and artist from Sweden, has been featured in Time Life Book 60 Years of Photography. They live in New York. NY.
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Some of the recipes are really good, like the mumma (which is a concotion of a few types of beer, ginger ale and madeira), the toffee bars and the pink caramels, however several recipes seem to not have been tested. One year I tried making the gingersnaps and something was very wrong-- I had to throw the whole batch out. Today I was drooling over the photo of the coconut tops only to find that there's no coconut listed in the ingredients or mentioned in the recipe (if the Swedish name for the cookies were listed I could look it up!) There are other typos as well and oddly translated words which are rather annoying.
The author seems not realize that many Swedish ingredients can be found at specialty shops and IKEA and relies only on what can be found in American grocery stores for her recipes. This is a plus for someone who doesn't want to be bothered with ordering ingredients however, I think that anyone interested in creating a Swedish Christmas would want it to be as authentic as possible and wouldn't mind searching for some items. She mentions that she left out some fried cookies (struvor) because it's too hard to find the proper tools to make them but that's entirely untrue. You can buy rosette irons right here on Amazon.
Finally, I think that a list of sources at the back of the book would have been a great idea. As I mentioned, there are plenty of Swedish specialty shops on the internet where you can get anything from Julmust (Swedish Christmas soda) to lojrom and it's a shame that those things were left out of the book
All in all I really like this book a lot but the fact that some of the recipes have mistakes is a big no-no to me, hence only three stars.
For anyone interested in having a Swedish Christmas, this book is highly recommended.
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