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Trina Hahnemann , Lars Ranek
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January 16, 2011
The Nordic Diet is all about eating locally sourced seasonal ingredients in a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and beneficial fats. The traditional diet of Northern Europe emphasizes quality homemade and homegrown food—with an attempt at moving away from processed foods—and consists of a wide variety of grains, berries, vegetables, fish, poultry, and game meats. Not only is a Nordic diet comparable in terms of nutrition to the celebrated Mediterranean diet, but it also provides an easy plan for eco-friendly eating.

This soulful book includes the elements, ingredients, and basic philosophy of eating a Nordic diet with information on the nutritious benefits of each ingredient. It boasts seventy-five delicious and healthy recipes—from breakfast smoothies and cold cucumber soup to venison stew and raspberry lime sorbet—and teaches you how to incorporate the principles of the Nordic diet into your everyday cooking routine.


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About the Author

Trina Hahnemann is a chef and food writer. She is the author of The Scandinavian Cookbook, which has been translated into six languages. Trina lives with her husband and two children in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lars Ranek is one of Scandinavia’s leading food photographers and has shot more than twenty books. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (January 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616081899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616081898
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nordic Diet made easy January 2, 2012
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I bought The Nordic Diet based on a recommendation in the Sons of Norway Viking magazine and it did not disappoint. I recently gave a copy of the Nordic Diet to my sister for Christmas. This book is what I've been looking for for a long time. It is the "mediterrean" diet for Norwegians! It describes how to eat a healthy diet for northern Europeans with fish, spelt flour (you can find it at Whole Foods and Health stores), rye flours, fruit, vegetables, etc. It explains how to eat healthfully in traditional way.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to rate this one March 20, 2011
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This book has beautiful photos and lots of really different ideas for cooking. That said, it also uses many ingredients that are either not available in the US or are prohibitively expensive. Substitutions will have to be made, and she makes no suggestions for them.
In addition, I noted an error in the recipe for lobster when I read through the book the first time (cooking time cannot be 7 minutes -- they will be raw) which makes me question whether there are other mistakes.
I will try some of the recipes and see how it goes. I love Scandinavian food in general and found her presentations beautiful. We'll see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book, elegant and practical January 14, 2013
By CrzGzr
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Cultures around the world have found their 'sweet spot' in survival. Survival until recently required a healthy diet based on availability and local agriculture. No tribe would expend more resources into a food item that gave back less than it took, like we do today. The Nordic Diet expounds the same healthy base others do: eat in season, in moderation and get outside to walk and exercise. But, the Nordic diet has different foods based on a place with long winters, short growing seasons and local meats. Maybe if you live in Miami and never leave the office and come home to play computer games or watch TV -potatoes and meatballs with lingonberry sauce might not get you healthy but that has nothing to do with the diet. I enjoyed reading about the French, Italian and Chinese diet lifestyles and the Nordic pretty much completed my circle; I am sure there are more out there but for me, I feel I have a nice happy base for healthy eating. The photos are stunningly beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photography, great ideas October 7, 2013
By Semy
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I saw this book from our local library, and just knew it was going to be a great addition for my "cooking idea books"; just having it for the few weeks that it was checked out, would not be enough.

If I had no interest in cooking these beautiful dishes, I would still want it for the beautiful photography. The food is unique, healthful and indulgent. How often can you say that about a specialized cook book?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand January 28, 2015
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The color photos add well to the content, both as an inspiration (the scenery of Denmark) and to see what the recipes will look like.

I like the format of the book; the simple instructions on how to implement this lifestyle, not just this diet. The reasoning behind the food choices is explained and losing weight is addressed as well.

This book is great for anyone wanting to eat real food and get back to the basics and art of cooking and dining instead of just eating processed foods thrown in the microwave.

I give it a four of five star rating. It is an excellent starter book on the subject, I wish it had more recipes, but that is a minor point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Ladybug
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Book arrived quickly and in good condition . The pictures in this book are amazing , like you could pick an apple up and eat it .
The recipes are fresh and crisp looking , not so much cooking as fixing and arranging food . Should be good for less
experienced cooks with knife and box grater skills . Everything looks very healthy and can probably be adjusted for
vegetarians . I can't wait to get to the farmers market
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Healthy meals with Scandinavian style! April 17, 2013
By Russ
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Being of Scandinavian descent, I wanted a cookbook that promotes healthy meals with Scandinavian style. This book fills that need, and has revitalized the lighter meals I cook. The techniques are easily attainable, and most of them can be accomplished by some judicious substitutions from the local grocery, if necessary. The presentation photos alone are worth the price of the book.
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