Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break di Anna Brones e Johanna Kindvall è il libro adatto a chi vuole iniziare a cimentarsi nel mood svedese della FIKA
Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, With Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats, è un libro di facile lettura anche per chi non mastica bene l’inglese. E’ ricco di ricette dolci e salate accompagnate da divertenti e bene fatte illustrazioni che spiegano passo dopo passo come si deve procedere. Il capitolo che piú mi ha affascinato, ovviamente, è quello dedicato alla storia di questa usanza; capire un popolo dal modo in cui gusta il cibo è sempre un ottim punto di partenza.
“The book, Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, With Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats, 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, With Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treat, 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
ANNA BRONES is a Swedish-American freelance writer based in Paris. She is the editor of the online food magazine Foodie Underground, and is a contributor to a variety of publications including BBC, Guardian, Sprudge, GOOD, and PUNCH.
JOHANNA KINDVALL is a Swedish illustrator who divides her time between Brooklyn and Skåne in the south of Sweden. Her work has been featured in various books and magazines. She also writes an illustrated cooking blog, Kokblog, which was named a Saveur “site we love”.
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