From smoked arctic char, meatball stew and savory puffed pancakes to Swedish almond wreaths, cardamom braids and whipped berry pudding, tune in as A Taste of the Past goes Nordic with Darra Goldstein. Illustrating the glorious and diverse flavors of classic Nordic cooking, Darra's recipes in the new book "Fire + Ice" have been tailored for home cooks of all abilities. As the foremost American authority on this region, she offers readers an opportunity to discover the history, lore, and rich culinary traditions of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden with deeply personal essays about each country, as well as information on the history of foraging, the iconic ingredients of the north, and regional cooking techniques. More than just a usable cookbook, Fire + Ice is a travelogue and love letter to Scandinavia, inviting readers and cooks alike on a guided exploration of this unique region, its people, and its culture.
"The land really offers up a lot of riches but you have to work for them. It's not a climate where the soil is so rich with minerals and fertility that you can stick a seed in the ground and watch it grow." [9:17]
"One of the most classic Scandinavian dishes that is now a high-end food is gravlax, but it comes from the Swedish word 'gravadlax' which is simply 'buried salmon.'" [10:21]
--Darra Goldstein on A Taste of the Past