Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast: 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations (Hardcover)
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Relax with family and friends the hygge way with this whimsical collection of Scandinavian-inspired recipes, crafts, and entertaining ideas
Scandinavian Gatherings is your hygge handbook (pronounced HOO-guh) for turning your home into a cozy retreat! The creator of the popular Lulu the Baker blog shows you how to create simple pleasures throughout the year with 10 seasonal, family-friendly gatherings filled with the flavors and traditions of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland (a region regularly reported as the happiest place on earth!).
The book boasts 30 simple craft projects for entertaining and decorating, as well as 40 sweet and savory recipes that put a modern twist on well-loved, traditional Scandinavian treats. You’ll soon be warming your home with the comforting smells of Mom’s Maple Pecan Rings, Swedish Meat Pies, Lucia Buns, Hot Chocolate with Homemade Cardamom Marshmallows, and more.
With ideas for year-round gatherings such as Nordic Brunch, Woodland Tea Party, Afternoon Fika, Lucia Day, and Christmas Cookie Exchange, you’ll turn your home into a stress-free hygge oasis.
About the Author
Melissa Bahen writes Lulu the Baker, a food and lifestyle blog focusing on fresh recipes, simple projects, and modern country life. She lives in western Oregon.
“In Scandinavia, there's a reason to celebrate every season. Through her recipes and DIY projects, Melissa Bahen does an excellent job of introducing readers to the cozy flavor of the Scandinavian lifestyle, whether you're planning a festive special occasion or just want to make every day a little more magical.”
—Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall, authors of Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break
“I love the word hygge, a Scandinavian way to describe a life lived beautifully, simply, and cozily. Melissa Bahen has created a completely hygge world in this book.”
—Adrianna Adarme, author of The Year of Cozy
“Scandinavian Gatherings in one word: nostalgia! It is just the book I would have loved to have had when I moved to Scandinavia myself. Every project and every recipe is now on my to-do list!”
—Brittany Jepsen, TheHouseThatLarsBuilt.com
“Scandinavian Gatherings is full of the kind of sweet celebrations that make the world a more magical and meaningful place. From the everyday tradition of fika (a daily coffee break to visit with friends and family), to Lucia Day (celebrating light and generosity), I was mesmerized by Melissa’s family traditions, delectable recipes, and heartfelt gatherings.”
—Jennifer Shea, author of Trophy: Cupcakes & Parties!
“Melissa Bahen has captured everything I love about the culture that I married into—including delicious, comforting baked goods and whimsical, timeless decor rooted in folk tradition. This book will make decorating and cooking for your gatherings just as fun as the gatherings themselves!”
—Molly Yeh, MyNameIsYeh.com
“A delightful book packed with mouthwatering recipes and charming craft ideas, perfect for anyone looking for a hands-on way to re-create traditional Scandinavian festivities, alone or with the help of the entire family.”
—Niki Brantmark, MyScandinavianHome.com
“I’d like to escape into the pages of Scandinavian Gatherings every afternoon, exactly when only a Cream Cake with Fresh Strawberries or Waffle Cookies will do. This gem of a cookbook mixed with crafty projects inspires me to make and celebrate.”
—Maggie Battista, author of Food Gift Love and founder of Eat Boutique
“Scandinavian food culture is not just about the food and the landscape or the cold and the light, it is a way of eating, a way of being together. Scandinavian Gatherings captures that beautifully.”
—Andreas Viestad, author of Kitchen of Light
“Make your holidays more chic.”
"Really lovely... gorgeous photography. If you’re into the Scandinavian lifestyle, which I know everybody is, this is a great one!"
“A collection of seasonal entertaining, craft and food projects drawing from Scandinavian style and traditions.”
—Oregon Public Broadcasting
“Great Nordic-style recipes and crafts.”
—Sweet Paul Magazine
“[The] go-to guide for a Scandinavian gathering.”
“Equal parts entertaining, crafting, and cooking.”
—The Norwegian American
“Get inspired by Scandinavian design.”
“I immediately swooped [the book] up and began drooling over the contents.”
—Lisa Congdon Blog
“A sweet treat.”
“Cozy the Scandinavian way.”