Brones, Anna. Kindvall, Johanna. Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and other Treats. USA: Ten Speed Press. 2015.

fikaThe necessary Swedish tradition of “fika” simply means taking a break for a cup of coffee, pairing it with a bakery item, and enjoying. Such breaks are taken with friends, co-workers, or even alone. Sticking closely to tradition, classic Swedish recipes are used, many of which have been passed down through generations and shared in this new cookbook.  Eating and coffee are tied culturally and bound to emotion. Fika requires taking the time to slow down in the midst of busyness…

Wow…what an absolutely delightful tradition! The authors share the meaning of the tradition, Swedish ingredients, many mouthwatering recipes and seasonal favorites. Paired with darling pencil drawings and personal anecdotes surrounding the recipes, fika is more than just a cookbook, it is a culturally-educational lesson too. Cordials, jams, coffee cakes, and cookies all fill the pages. Though perhaps not the healthiest of recipes by ingredients (most are based on butter and sugar), the smaller results are sure to satisfy and tempt even the strictest of eaters when eaten in moderation with friends. After all, couldn’t we all use some simple quiet time to enjoy what truly matters? “Ska vi fika?” (“Should we fika?”) Absolutely!!

4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of fika from Blogging for Books for my honest review*


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