Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Christmas Eve Supper: 70 Simple Recipes for Year-Round Hy gge (Paperback)
Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Enjoy holidays the Scandinavian way with seasonal, family-friendly food and crafts! Whether you're a fan of whimsical modern Scandinavian style or have Scandinavian heritage yourself, you'll love this hygge handbook for creating cozy celebrations with family and friends.
Organized around seasonal festivities including Lucia Day and Christmas Eve Dinner, as well as everyday gatherings like Afternoon Fika, this book includes simple recipes, handmade decorations, and tips for entertaining. Here, the creator of the popular website Lulu The Baker offers up traditional recipes using easy-to-find ingredients. Warm up your home with sweet treats such as Lucia Buns, Mom’s Maple Pecan Rings, and Hot Chocolate with Homemade Cardamom Marshmallows, as well as savory favorites such as Swedish Meatballs with Gravy and Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce. Bring home the flavors and traditions of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland–a region regularly reported as the happiest place on earth! A gorgeous coffee table book as well as a cookbook, it makes a wonderful gift.
Woodland Tea Party
Summer Seafood Celebration
Christmas Cookie Exchange
Christmas Eve Supper
About the Author
MELISSA BAHEN is the author of the popular website Lulu the Baker, where she focuses on fresh recipes and modern country life. She and her work have been featured in online and print publications like Food52, Better Homes & Gardens, Sweet Paul, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. She has also created recipes, photos, and digital content for brands like Minted, Albertsons, and King Arthur Flour. She lives in the rolling hills of western Oregon with her husband and four children, a small flock of chickens, and a very naughty dog. She is also the author of Farmhouse Weekends.
“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.”