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The Nordic Cookbook

Leading international chef Magnus Nilsson’s take on home cooking.

Magnus Nilsson


Price: USD$49.95

Leading international chef Magnus Nilsson’s take on home cooking.

Magnus travelled throughout the Nordic region not only collecting recipes but photographing the landscape and people.

The definitive guide to Nordic home cooking and its rich culinary offerings.

Features 700 simple and authentic recipes from Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, all of which can be easily recreated at home.

Explains Nordic ingredients, cooking techniques and culinary history so anyone can cook their favourite Nordic dishes in the authentic way.


Magnus Nilsson (b. 1984) is the head chef of Fäviken Magasinet restaurant in Sweden. After training as a chef and sommelier in Sweden he worked with Pascal Barbot of L'Astrance in Paris before joining Fäviken as a sommelier. Within a year he had taken over the running of the restaurant, which is currently ranked #19 in the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list, produced by Restaurant magazine. Nilsson is the author of Fäviken, also published by Phaidon, and he appeared in the US TV show, Mind of a Chef, which aired nationally across the USA on PBS-TV in Fall 2014. He is set to appear in the Netfix docu-series, Chef's Table, in 2015.


Format: Hardback
Size: 270 x 180 mm (10 5/8 x 7 1/8 in)
Pages: 768 pp
Illustrations: 290 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714868721


"A 2015 Best Cookbook" —Saveur

"[a] lush, beautifully organized volume, one of the loveliest of the season thanks in no small part of Nilsson's own idiosyncratic authorial voice." —Eater

"[An] epic tome, which somehow manages to include what seems to be the whole of traditional and modern cooking from Finland to Greenland." —New York Times

"Nilsson takes a deep dive into the home cooking traditions of his country... Home cooks will be pleasantly surprised by how accessible this book is." —Epicurious.com

"The definitive guide to Nordic cooking... A hefty volume of 768 pages that's surprisingly accessible [and] illustrates the diversity of [the] region's cuisine." —Bloomberg.com

"It's an absolutely essential book for anyone who delights in cooking, storytelling, culture, and history." —Departures.com

"The 32-year-old wunderkind [Magnus Nilsson] is modest, but with [the] release of his epic book of more than 700 recipes... he has a lot to brag about." —Vogue.com

"Packed with tasty, seasonal and even a few slightly unusual recipes. Scandi comfort food made simple" —Absolutely

"Amazingly comprehensive... the perfect tome to simply crack open to a random page and have at it" —Publishers Weekly

"A comprehensive look at Nordic Culture through food." —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"A celebration of culinary traditions." —Tastebook

"Do you know your lingonberries from your cloudberries and your glug from your gravalax? The Nordic Cookbook has all the answers." —High Life

"We love Magnus Nilsson... his recipes tick plenty of health boxes (high in protein, fibre and good fats), and are interspersed with beautiful photos to transport us to the land of the Vikings" —Grazia

"A beautiful compendium of landscapes and larder recipes" —Elle Decoration

"Nilsson writes beautifully ...this book shows him as writer, a collator and an anthropologist ...And his recipe for Swedish meatballs is fantastic." —Waitrose Weekend

Contents and sections:


A brief history of Nordic cuisine

How to use this book

Freshwater fish
Saltwater fish
Marine Mammals and Seafood
  Beef and Veal
Lamb and Mutton
Hash and Minced Meat
Blood and Offal
Sausages and Charcuterie
Grains and Cereals
Breads and Savoury Pastries
Pastries, Biscuits and Sweets
Cakes and Tortes
Basics and Condiments
Jams, Cordials and Sweet Soups



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