Posts Tagged ‘Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break’
I’ve put two of my books together as a holiday gift pack: you can snag a signed copy of Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break AND The Culinary Cyclist for only $25.
Here are some of the recipes you’ll be able to make with these two books:
Cinnamon and Cardamom Buns
Oat Crisp Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Hazelnut Cake with Coffee
Raw Walnut Butter
Dutch Apple Pie with Cardamom
Five Seed Crackers with Olive Tapenade
Doesn’t that all sound good? You can purchase from the Foodie Underground shop. There’s only a limited amount of books, so if you want them, be sure to snag soon!
When my friend Marissa asked if I might like to have a recipe from Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break featured on FvF, I immediately said yes. I like Marissa’s photography and since I rarely spend any time styling or photographing my own recipes I thought it would be fun to have someone come and do it for me. See, I am lazy in the kitchen!
Get a photographer in your (tiny) kitchen and you immediately realize how hard food photography and styling really is; I have a lot of respect for the people who make it look easy. But let’s be honest; there is nothing like someone doing the hard work for you. And it’s even better when you want to do a series of how-to photos. Instead of playing the awkward Tripod in the Kitchen with Self Timer Camera game, all you have to do is go through the steps and have the photographer shoot it for you. This is perfect for Swedish cinnamon and cardamom buns, which people often ask me how they should twist. Now I finally have a visual guide to share.
I was so excited to not only get to be a guest on a Heritage Radio Network show with Johanna recently, but also to check out their headquarters. Housed in a shipping container in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, Heritage Radio Network hosts a variety of great radio shows that are all about advancing food culture. If you don’t know them, be sure to check them out, the programming is pretty incredible.
It also meant that we got to eat a pizza at Roberta’s right before recording the show, as the radio is housed in the back. A super cool restaurant with an oven in the corner and local craft beer served in mason jars. My kind of place. The Heritage Radio Network studio itself sits in a shipping container right behind the restaurant, so as you sit and chat you look out over the restaurant goers downing their pizzas.
You can listen to the full episode here.
I am so excited to be in NYC this week for some book events.
Johanna and I will be signing Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break at three different spots in town this week, so if you are in the NYC area, drop on by.
Monday May 4
Book signing at the famous NYC Fika chain. You better bet there are going to be Swedish treats on hand.
3 to 5pm, FIKA Tower’s Loft, 824 10th Ave, New York City
Wednesday May 6
5 to 7pm, Budin, 114 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
Thursday May 7
Book signing, cinnamon rolls and a beer or two (trust me, those two things go together quite well) at 61 Local
6pm onwards, 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
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. “As a Swede who lives outside of Sweden and who loves baking, it’s impossible not to think that the rest of the world needs Fika!” added Kindvall, who illustrated the book. To aid readers in integrating the practice into their own lives, Brones and Kindvall trace the history of the concept and cleverly lay out all the necessities from baking tools and methods to mastering the Fika vernacular, and include suggestions for where (anywhere!), when (all the time!) and how to enjoy it.
There was a part of me that was a bit nervous that the release date of Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break would be a bit anti-climactic. I already received an advance copy of the book earlier this year, and after having worked on this project for the last two years, I know it inside and out. How exciting could the release date really be, particularly given that I’m not even in the US to celebrate it?
As it turns out, book publication day is kind of like a birthday. It’s exciting. And it’s worth celebrating.
I’ve got a behind the scenes post up on Foodie Underground today looking at all that went into publishing Fika.
If I am reminded of one thing today it’s that good projects take time, and that it’s always worth investing time in the things that you love, even if you can’t see the immediate payoff when you start them.
Now, to go and celebrate. Because life is short, and as my mother would say, you should celebrate often.