The 10 Best Scandinavian Cookbooks to delight your family! 🍂

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. I will guide you through the best Scandinavian Cookbooks. Come join me on this journey of taste and discovery.

I love exploring new foods and recipes and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

Tradition, Culture and Family

Scandinavia is made of three countries Norway, Sweden and Denmark, which are all uniquely picturesque in their own way, they are in Europe (check out our guide on the Best European Cookbooks), but they are most famous for capturing and inspiring the Hygge lifestyle. Each and everyone of these countries has Scandinavian cuisine at the heart of their Hygge culture and we have found a Scandinavian cooking book for every occasion that will entice you to indulge in everything Scandinavian from the good food to the hygge culture itself. So, if their food is anything like their well known culture then you’re in for a real treat. Scandinavian people are well known for being such a calm and family oriented culture – Hygge (meaning coziness, warmth and enjoying the good things in life).

We have sourced the top 10 best Scandinavian Cookbooks that will have your mouth watering! 👇


1. Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“ Recently I went to Scandinavia. I was so impressed with the food and glorious and diverse flavors. I wanted to explore some recipes from there. This book is really great. The photos, stories, and recipes provide a lot of diversity and breadth. I love reading this on my porch for a hyggeliy time. I can’t wait to make some recipes as right now I’m just enjoying reading it.”

Review 📖

This is an excellent example of how Scandinavian people transform and create Hygge within their homes. Using traditional ingredients, highlighting how amazing Scandinavian cuisine can be by creating the right ambience. This Nordic Cookbook has modern everyday recipes to feed not just your nearest and dearest but all your loved ones. The recipes are wholesome and healthy, ranging from delicate summer dishes to heart warming winter dishes.  Are you ready to welcome a little piece of Nordic Hygge into your life? This is the ultimate cookbook which will satisfy all your Nordic food cravings, but if you’re more curious don’t forget to (check out our guide on the Best Icelandic Cookbooks).

About the Author ✍️

Trine Hahneman is the author of this Ultimate comfort eating cookbook. She has produced an array of cookbooks all of which focus on the fabulous Nordic and Scandinavian culture recipes. Trine is well known in Danish food, being the owner and CEO of Hahnemanns Køkken, she loves sustainability and provides sustainable lunches in private and public companies all around Copenhagen. Not only is she a chef but she also enjoys writing about food.


2. Tina Nordström’s Scandinavian Cooking: Simple Recipes for Home-Style Scandinavian Cuisine

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Tina’s book is delightful, fresh and good food prepared in an interesting and elegant manner. I have been watching PBS’ program concerning Scandinavian Cooking for year’s. Tina’s style of cooking is fresh and wonderful. I love it.”

Review 📖

This is one of those timeless cookbooks that you will reach for time and time again, it has some unforgettable yet simple Scandinavian food recipes that your friends and family will be asking for you to recreate. This is THE cookbook that everyone must have – it has 200 Scandinavian recipes, and these Scandinavian dishes are all about the delicate flavor and the simplicity their classic dishes.

About the Author ✍️

Tina Nordström is a fantastic chef and is best known for being a Swedish Celebrity Chef as well as a TV personality. She has been on TV on a number of cooking shows one being New scandinavian Cooking, she even produced Tina’s Cookalong and had the famous British chef and celebrity Gordon Ramsay on as a guest chef. As well as appearing on TV she also has written a couple of other cookbooks which also showcase some great food recipes.


3. North Wild Kitchen: Home Cooking from the Heart of Norway

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“I got this as a gift for my birthday. I’d been following Nevada for a while on Instagram and I was so pleased to receive her book! I made the boller recipe and they were delicious just like the ones I ate in Norway. My family devoured them in a few hours. Can’t wait to try the rest!”

Review 📖

This cookbook has slightly more about it, the food used and Scandinavian food recipes produced have a more elegant style.

Not only that, the book itself is one that you can enjoy reading, you’ll learn more about the author and her style of Nordic cooking as well as the Scandinavian lifestyle. It really brings a piece of Scandinavia right to your doorstep, highlighting different parts of the culture in each chapter with some stunning images found throughout.

About the Author ✍️

Nevada Berg was born and raised in Utah. She loves to explore and be adventurous. Enjoying being out in the elements and being with her friends and family. Norway is her home and her cooking is all about showing you the simple pleasures of Norway, enjoying not only the food she creates but how it brings friends and family together, being a self taught chef you are in for a real treat. You can follow her on Instagram and read her blog to gain a real insight into her life and her Scandinavian recipes.


4. Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“This book is filled with helpful tips and recipes that include excellent directions. Included are Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and Finnish traditional options. The craft ideas are simple but lovely to add to the celebration.”

Review 📖

This is a different type of cookbook. Not only does it share some tasty, simple Scandinavian food recipes with some mouthwatering Scandinavian baking, but it also lets you step into the art and craft of Scandinavia allowing you to really indulge and create a real Hygge experience for all that enter your home. If you are an arty crafty family then this is The Nordic cookbook for you where you can get everyone involved even the little ones!

About the Author ✍️

Melissa Bahen lives in Oregon with her family but is known for her blog Lulu Baker she credits her love and talent for cooking to her Mum and her Nana. Food and celebrations and especially the two together is where her passion for cooking comes from. Melissa loves to create recipes and is the co-founder of the Hello sessions as well as regularly writing food blogs


5. Smörgåsbord: Deliciously Simple Modern Scandinavian Recipes

Why We Love It ❤️

Now you may be thinking why do I need a sandwich cookbook? But honestly, this Scandinavian cookbook really has perfected and updated the honest Scandinavian food recipes of smorgasbords. The Scandinavian recipes really celebrate the unique and delicate flavor of Scandinavian cooking and present them in such a beautiful and harmonic way, you’ll be wanting smorgasbords every day of the week.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“I love everything about this book, the clarity of the recipes, the beautiful pictures and the little stories that introduce the recipes. Very classy !”

About the Author ✍️

Signe Johansen grew up in Norway but she now lives in London. She worked for Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck, and she trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine. She is a talented chef who specializes in modern Nordic cooking and Scandinavian baking and is known as a food anthropologist with 10 Scandinavian cookbooks.


6. Fäviken: 4015 Days, Beginning to End

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“This author and chef is so fantastic. I was under no delusions that I would cook from this book, but it has definitely influenced how I think and work in the kitchen as well as the garden. I love how Chef Nilsson writes, he’s definitely a step above the norm.”

Review 📖

Now this is a different type of Scandinavian cookbook, one which a real foodie, with an aptitude for comforting food that is purely sublime will thoroughly enjoy.This book is a hommage to Nilsson’s restaurant Fäviken. Dedicating page after page to explaining and talking through his life and what this success was like for him and his family, while running a one of a kind restaurant and the spectacular dishes that he created.

About the Author ✍️

Magnus Nilsson is most known for his unique restaurant in Sweden which is unfortunately now closed. He is a Swedish chef who has currently won 2 Michelin stars, before starting his restaurant which was ranked 57th best restaurant in the world he worked in France. He’s now happily spending time with his family and enjoying his everyday life and hobbies.


7. Scandinavian Green: Simple ways to eat vegetarian, every day

Why We Love It ❤️

Our first Scandinavian cookbook mentioned above was written by Trine Hahnemann Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge. She is such a phenomenal Scandinavian cook that we couldn’t not mention this one – Scandinavian Green for all of you vegetarians and plant based eaters out there this is the cookbook for you.

The fruit and vegetables are center stage and the cookbook showcases all of the tasty vegetarian Scandinavian recipes you can have throughout the year – a real Scandinavian kitchen cookbook that everyone should have on their shelf whether your plant based or just looking to cut down on your meat consumption.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“I have other books by Trine Hahnemann and have always been impressed by the simplicity of the ingredients and their availability at your local supermarket. This book follows the same principle with delicious results.”

About the Author ✍️

Trine Hahnemann as previously mentioned she is a Danish food writer and chef,owning a large food space in Copenhagen. From the array of books and presence she has in the Foodie world, it will not surprise you to know that her favorite thing to do is to spend time creating Scandinavian recipes in her kitchen, ready to share with us all. We can’t wait for her next Scandinavian kitchen cookbook!


8. Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats

Why We Love It ❤️

If you, like us, love nothing more than a nice warm beverage and indulging in a nice tasty treat, whether that be a muffin, biscuit or a large piece of yummy layer cake. Then this is the book for you. Not only has it got some fantastic options for Scandinavian baking it also emphasises the Swedish traditions that I feel many of us can already resonate with. Fika, to enjoy a cup of something on your own or with a group and enjoy a delicious sweet treat.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“I love the whole ethos of Fika and this book is beautiful. Clear, informative, easy to follow.I first saw it in a cafe in Notting Hill and stayed far longer than I intended because I didn’t want to put the book down.”

About the Authors ✍️

Anna Brones is a writer, artist and producer. She has written a fair few books and is exceptionally passionate about sharing her experiences and bringing people together. She loves to travel and explore especially on her bicycle.

Johanna Kindavall is an illustrator and a cook; she co-wrote the Scandinavian Baking cookbook with Anna and was the illustrator. She has also written a few other cookbooks and continues to write a cooking blog.


9. ScandiKitchen: Fika and Hygge: Comforting cakes and bakes from Scandinavia with love

Why We Love It ❤️

This is a great Scandinavian baking cookbook, if you are a lover of sweet treats, then this book is 100% for you. It features an abundance of recipes that will have you baking from morning till dusk. Fika quite literally means to have a cup of tea and eat something delicious. We can’t quite believe that Fika hasn’t become a go to verb here!

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“This is such a beautiful book, of coffee table quality, with a lovely assortment of useful recipes. I keep looking at it, and I was finally pushed to make my first prinsesstårta with good results.”

About the Author ✍️

Bronte Aurell is originally from Denmark but now lives in London and owns a ScandiKitchen cafe/grocery shop and an online food store. Her cafe encapsulates her Scandinavian beliefs. She has also created a few Norwegian cooking books all of which show her talents and the beautiful Hygge nature of Scandinavia.


10. Authentic Norwegian Cooking: Traditional Scandinavian Cooking Made Easy

Why We Love It ❤️

This is one of those Scandinavian cooking books that everyone should have, from proficient chefs to complete beginners. It has 300 recipes and they are simple and easy to make, allowing easy access for all.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Lots of information here. Enough good recipes to satisfy your interest. Could keep you cooking for years.”

About the Author ✍️

Astrid Karlsen Scott comes from Norway and is very well known in Scandinavia. She is a freelance writer and everything she does is well received. One of them being a video that she produced about Christmas in Norway.


Final Thoughts

Wow, what a selection of Scandinavian cookbooks! There is a huge array here that everyone can enjoy from Scandinavian baking to more traditional Scandinavian cookbooks, with simple Scandinavian food recipes to follow and some which tell a story with beautiful images alongside. There is no doubt that if you haven’t visited these beautiful countries once you have purchased one of these Scandinavian cookbooks you’ll be booking the next flight out there.

When reading one of these nordic region gorgeous cookbook options, you can’t help but feel fully immersed in the Scandinavian way of life. Their Scandinavian traditions whether Fika or Hygge is evident in each and every one of these Scandinavian cookbooks each transporting you to a Scandinavian kitchen.

Scandinavia – with its three countries Norway, Sweden and Denmark (check out our guide on the Best Danish Cookbooks). Having each such intriguing and dynamic ways to create simple yet profoundly delicious dishes, with Scandinavian cuisines being prominent in each but all having their own little tweaks. Scandinavian food is really one that everyone should delve into, especially for those special celebratory occasions. So what are you waiting for, whether it’s cake, meatballs or a smorgasbord that has taken your fancy? Go and get the cookbook that most resonates with you – We just can’t decide!

About Scandinavian Cooking 🌼

Food is certainly at the heart of this. Norway, Denmark and Sweden (check out our guide on the Best Swedish Cookbooks) all have some fine delicacies to inspire and challenge your tastebuds. All rich with their own tasty local Scandinavian cuisines. Ranging from their famous rye bread open sandwiches – Smorrebrod, Swedish meatballs to tasty beloved sweet treats, which will have you reaching out for your Nordic Cookbook time and time again.

Scandinavia is located far North and therefore their food is heavily influenced by what surrounds them and the produce that they can grow easily in their climate. Indulging in the local cuisine and surrounding yourself in their Scandinavian heritage will ensure that you fully appreciate and enjoy the Hygge experience.

Being surrounded by water, fish is a key ingredient in a lot of Scandinavian food recipes, especially herring and salmon. And of course, Sweden is often famously known for its Swedish meatballs. This is a must try recipe in many of the recommended best Scandinavian cookbooks found above, which will never disappoint at any family gathering!



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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. He loves bringing smiles to people with the delicious visuals, smells, and tastes of food. Chef Zara's passion for baking started at a very young age, and he has never looked back since. He enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When he’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world.

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