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New Book: “Live Lagom: Balanced Living the Swedish Way”

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Today marks the release of my new book Live Lagom: Balanced Living the Swedish Way. I love book birthdays because they are the ideal time to give a little backstory on the book and what it meant for me to write it.

Lagom is a Swedish word that doesn’t have a direct translation in English, but means something along the lines of “just right.” As the title of the book would have you believe, it’s a look at how the concept of lagom translates into various elements of Swedish society, and identifies some of the lessons that we might be able to incorporate into our own lives.

But you don’t need me to tell you what’s in the book; you can buy it to get that story! You’re here for the inner look.

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Written by Anna Brones

July 27, 2017 at 06:15

Celebrate Lucia Day with Swedish Saffron Buns (or a Cake)

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Swedish Saffron Buns by Anna Brones

December 13th marks the celebration of Lucia Day, an essential tradition on the Swedish holiday calendar. This is where all of the photos of children dressed in long white dresses with red sashes and wreaths in their hair come from. Ultimately, it’s a celebration of light – which is no surprise given the dark, Swedish winter – and whoever is crowned Lucia wears a wreath of candles in her hair.

The traditional treat served on Lucia Day is saffron buns. Bright yellow from the spice, these sweet, yeasted buns are formed into a variety of shapes (some of which are pictured in this vintage illustration) and served with a cup of coffee or mug of glögg.

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Want to celebrate Lucia Day yourself? Here are a few recipes to help:

Swedish Saffron Buns – This is the classic recipe, complete with a few more illustrations of different forms that you can make.

Swedish Saffron Cake

Saffron Cake with Hazelnut and Whiskey Filling – I always like making a cake out of the saffron bun dough, and filling it with almond paste. This year I did something a little different and made the filling out of hazelnuts. With a dash of whiskey for good holiday cheer!

Saffron Bun Cookies – A gluten-free recipe, inspired by the traditional saffron buns. The cookies are made with rice flour and ground almonds, then twisted into the classic saffron bun shapes.

Glad Lucia!

Images: Anna Brones, Viriditas

Written by Anna Brones

December 11, 2015 at 21:33

Fika on List of Food Bloggers’ Most Anticipated New Cookbooks

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Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break

As the countdown to the release date of Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break gets shorter and shorter, I am getting more and more excited about this book finally making its way into the world. Mostly because I want everyone to be having a little more fika in their everyday lives, but also because I want to hear what people think about it.

I was honored to read that one of the food bloggers who I have been following the longest – Clotilde of Chocolate and Zucchini – listed it as her most anticipated new cookbook in a roundup of food bloggers on Publisher’s Weekly. Coming from someone whose own cookbook sits on my kitchen shelf, that’s definitely a notable mention. Thank you Clotilde!

Fika is officially out on April 7, 2015, but you can pre-order it now. Click here for a list of places that sell it.

Oh, and that awesome tote bag? I snagged that at the cafe/restaurant Fika in London. You can get your own here.

Written by Anna Brones

March 18, 2015 at 08:42

Go Stuff Yourself with Semlor!

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Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Swedish Semlor

Happy Fat Tuesday – in my world, known as the Dfficial Day of Stuffing Yourself with Semlor. The iconic Swedish baked good served before Lent is one of my favorite things to make this time of year, and I have a whole article about semlor up on Paste this week in celebration. There’s also a great article on the topic on NPR’s The Salt by fellow food writer Anne Bramley which is definitely worth a read.

Here’s a little dirty secret for you: there’s a recipe for semlor in my book Fika, which is out on April 7 (yes, I have already started counting down). But if you can’t wait that long, and you really want to make some today, you can use this recipe.

Written by Anna Brones

February 17, 2015 at 16:15

Preorder My New Book – ‘Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break’

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It’s here!

Ok, so it’s almost here. And when I say “it” I mean the book that Johanna Kindvall and I have been working hard on over the last couple of years. As I have learned, book writing and publishing is a long process, and I am so excited to almost be at the most exciting part: the moment where the actual book sits in my hands.

But for now, at least the book is alive on the Internet, and it’s available for pre-order, which means you can snag a copy and diligently wait for it to come to your mailbox in spring.

Love Swedish baked goods? Ever wonder how to make a real Swedish cinnamon roll? Want to try to be more Scandinavian? Then this book is for you.

Packed with traditional recipes for cookies, cakes and breads, this book is all about celebrating the Swedish tradition of fika, otherwise known as the quintessential Swedish coffee break.

Drooling already? You can preorder from my favorite bookstore of all time, Powell’s, as well as AmazonB&NIndieBoundGoogle Books, and iBooks.

Now, let’s all begin the countdown to the April 7, 2015 on sale date!

Written by Anna Brones

November 13, 2014 at 22:11

Glad Midsommar!

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Midsummer Flowers by Anna Brones

Today is the celebration of Swedish midsummer, my personal favorite holiday of the year.

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Written by Anna Brones

June 20, 2014 at 09:30

How to Make Glögg

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Recipe for Swedish glögg on Foodie Underground today. Hello, December.

Written by Anna Brones

December 8, 2013 at 11:52