Scandi Style

  • Balslev, Lynda
    The little book of fika : the uplifting daily ritual of the Swedish coffee break
    Summary:"While the Danish concept of hygge as caught on around the globe, so has lagom–its Swedish counterpart. An essential part of the lagom lifestyle, fika is the simple art of taking a break–sometimes twice a day–to enjoy a warm beverage and sweet treat with friends. This delightful gift book offers an introduction to the tradition along with recipes to help you establish your own fika practice"–

  • Sinclair, Patricia.
    Scandinavian classic baking
    Summary:From coffee breads and cakes to cookies and tarts, this gorgeous cookbook offers forty-three recipes, along with photographs, history, musings, and stories. These classic Scandinavian baking recipes are knockouts for the eye and the taste buds.

  • Wallin, Johanna
    Traditional Nordic knits : over 40 hats, mittens, gloves, and socks
    Summary:The classic Nordic knitting tradition is a widely-respected – and increasingly popular – source of exquisite patterns and design inspiration all over the world. Now, with Traditional Nordic Knits, get a glimpse into the rich history and heritage of this beloved cornerstone of needlecraft. 15 time-honored patterns become over 40 different projects, gracing mittens, gloves, hats, and socks through designs suitable for all levels of experience, and each project is introduced with an example of a historic knitted item and a fascinating explanation of the pattern’s background and origin.

  • Bajada, Simon
    Nordic light : lighter, everyday eating from a Scandinavian kitchen
    Summary:Presents a new angle on the trends in Scandinavian recipes and techniques, shying away from the classics and instead presenting lighter, cleaner, simpler modern recipes.

  • Hovland, Marit
    Bakeland : Nordic treats inspired by nature
    Summary:From the Danish concept of hygge (or zcozinessy) to the Swedish fika (or zcoffee breaky), when it comes to enjoying the good things in life, the Nordic countries tend to know best. And dessert, Bakeland reveals, is no exception. Written by Marit Hovland, the Norse graphic designer, baker, and photographer behind the popular Instagram account and blog Borrow My Eyes, this gorgeous recipe book is a remarkably innovative homage to the beauty of the world around us that will delight lovers of baking, crafting, nature, and all things Scandinavian. With fifty tempting dessert recipes and 140 stunning color photographs, Bakeland is as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the taste buds. Focusing on purity, season, and quality, Hovland offers a sweet, playful approach to the New Nordic cuisine trend made popular by chefs like Magnus Nilsson. Her belief that zinspiration can be found everywherey shines through in each of her culinary creations, which replicate the most striking aspects of the natural world.

  • Dunne, Linnea
    Lagom : the Swedish art of balanced living
    Summary:Explains how to live "lagom," or a balanced life, by cherishing relationships, improving work-life balance, freeing the home from clutter, and savoring good food.,Lagom (pronounced ‘lar-gom’) has no equivalent in the English language but is loosely translated as ‘not too little, not too much, just right’. It is widely believed that the word comes from the Viking term ‘laget om’, for when a mug of mead was passed around a circle and there was just enough for everyone to get a sip. But while the anecdote may hit the nail on the head, the true etymology of the word points to an old form of the word ‘lag’, which means ‘law’. Far from restrictive, lagom is a liberating concept, praising the idea that anything more that ‘just enough’ is a waste of time. Crucially it also comes with a selflessness and core belief of responsibility and common good. By living lagom you can live a happier and more balanced life, reduce your environmental impact, improve your work-life balance, free your home from clutter, enjoy good food the Swedish way, grow your own and learn to forage, and cherish the relationships with those you love.

  • Magnusson, Margareta (Artist)
    The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning : how to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter
    Summary:Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you’d ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children’s art projects). Digging into her late husband’s tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.

  • Johansen, Signe
    How to hygge : the Nordic secrets to a happy life
    Summary:"The "Danish coziness" philosophy is fast becoming the new "French living" in terms of aspirational lifestyle books and blogs. There are countless viral articles comparing the happiness levels of Americans versus Danes. Their homes are more homey; their people are more cheerful. It’s an attitude that defies definition, but there is a name for this slow-moving, stress-free mindset: hygge (pronounced "hoo-ga"). Hygge values the idea of cherishing yourself: candlelight, bakeries, and dinner with friends; a celebration of experiences over possessions, as well as being kind to yourself and treasuring a sense of community."–