To get your own copy of
Author Astrid Karlsen Scott knows
how powerful the human connection
to food can be. She remembers attending an event
in Oregon for her best-selling cookbook, Norwegian
when a man stood next to her, thumbing
through the pages of traditional recipes, many
passed down from own family. one
reminds me of my he said.
this one, my And then he started to
Scott explains. what food she says.
reminds you of happy
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book has sold nearly 80,000 copies since
she published it in the late 1970s as a fundraiser
for the Sons of Third District. Featuring
more than 300 classic from
lefse and to pickled herring and caramel
book is a compilation of recipes from mother, grandmother and
aunts, as well as friends, well-known chefs and even Norwegian food manufacturers. What
unites them all, Scott says, is an appreciation for tradition and the Norwegian way of preparing
food. just brings people she says.
In the spirit of that heritage and a shared celebration of all things deliciously Norwegian, Viking has
put together some ideas for ways that readers can preserve and share their own family recipes.
Unquestionably the most
important part of the process,
and likely the trickiest, collecting
recipes can be like researching
family history. Start with what
you have, or what you know.
Write them down. Include, when
you can, where the recipe came
from and any additional details
about when it was prepared and
how it was served. Family stories
or photos that can accompany
the recipe will make any
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collection of recipes all the
Sometimes sending a request
out to family can generate not
only a wealth of recipes, but a
reliable means of fact-checking
or discovering worthwhile
variations on the same recipe.
A major challenge in collecting
recipes is that the recipe may
never have been written down.
Make a date to cook with
whomever still prepares the
dish and then write down the
what exactly is a
or a the step-bystep directions. An even more
meaningful way of capturing the
recipe for generations could be to
the process with your phone
or a video camera. That way
you will be able to see what the
dough looked like at each stage,
or how often the pot was stirred
whenever you want.