Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking
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Scandinavia is a land of extremes, where chic design meets rugged wilderness, where perpetual winter nights are succeeded by endless days of summer. The Scandinavians still live and cook according to seasonal rhythms, and many still practice hunting and foraging as natural activities in a region with some of the most pristine places on earth. Darra Goldstein will discuss her new cookbook, Fire & Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking, in the context of the far north, where the exigencies of geography and climate have taught people to live from the land rather than merely on it. Her talk will explore the Nordic region’s rich culinary and cultural traditions, highlighting the commonalities among Danes, Finns, Norwegians, and Swedes while showing the ways in which history’s arc and political alliances ultimately created distinctive cuisines. From the elemental preservation techniques of salting, smoking, and curing to the cutting-edge experiments of New Nordic kitchens, Scandinavian cooking is at once basic and highly innovative, earthy and elegant.