Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions

Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions

Christmas traditions, particularly those involving food, often honor our ancestors. Throughout the Midwest where Swedish immigrants settled, the dishes placed on the julbord (Christmas table) tell stories about who we are, where we come from, and where we are heading.In exploring these holiday customs, Patrice Johnson begins with her own family's Christmas Eve gathering, w...

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Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions Reviews

  • Catherine

    (Note: The cover design isn't showing up in Goodreads yet as I'm writing this, but it is a beautiful book.)

    I was lucky enough to read an advance e-copy of this book being published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, and man am I excited now to have the real thing in my hands come November. Patrice Johnson connects wonderful foods (who knew Swedish food could have so many spices?) with the hilarious and heartening stories of her childhood as a Swedish-American and a Minnesotan. There's s

    (Note: The cover design isn't showing up in Goodreads yet as I'm writing this, but it is a beautiful book.)

    I was lucky enough to read an advance e-copy of this book being published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, and man am I excited now to have the real thing in my hands come November. Patrice Johnson connects wonderful foods (who knew Swedish food could have so many spices?) with the hilarious and heartening stories of her childhood as a Swedish-American and a Minnesotan. There's such honesty to her writing, and it's the personal stories I like best. She also invited many other Swedish-Americans to share their stories (like former MN Governor Arne Carlson). There's a cultural anthropological quality to it (if I can say that about something so funny), and that is probably because Johnson has done much research into her topic as a scholar, writer, and cooking teacher. I've made two of the meatball recipes and a Swedish rice pudding, but as soon as I get my real book I will be cooking up a smorgasbord. Can't wait for Christmas 2017 and beyond. Also note: You don't have to be Swedish to love this book and cook the food. Take it from me--I'm a Norwegian usually more partial to the spicier food of my husband's family and other bold flavors. "Jul" certainly has them!

  • Sheri

    A gorgeous book filled with warm memories, Swedish traditions, and classic recipes.

  • Cat

    I'm not Swedish, but have enjoyed their culture and traditions since discovering them a few years back (I even bought julbuk ornaments one year as gifts for friends and family!). I also remember how much my family enjoyed going to the Sweden House restaurant years ago; I wanted to see if any of the recipes for the foods were in this book. None that I could tell- it was pretty American! That out of the way, I look forward to trying some of these recipes this year. . Being a Germanic people, I not

    I'm not Swedish, but have enjoyed their culture and traditions since discovering them a few years back (I even bought julbuk ornaments one year as gifts for friends and family!). I also remember how much my family enjoyed going to the Sweden House restaurant years ago; I wanted to see if any of the recipes for the foods were in this book. None that I could tell- it was pretty American! That out of the way, I look forward to trying some of these recipes this year. . Being a Germanic people, I noticed some of their recipes from my own German family. But there were plenty I have never heard of lingonberries sound like something I need to look for...glug and gravlax both sound interesting and worth looking into! Mixed in with the recipes are wonderful reminiscences of friends and family! The book makes a good read if one wants to learn a bit about Swedish culture.

  • Penmouse

    Jul by Patrice M. Johnson is a truly lovely holiday cookbook which features Swedish recipes although some of the recipes cross through other Scandinavian countries. I found plenty of similar recipes often prepared by Norwegian cooks for example. (My husband comes from a Norwegian background so I've learned to cook Scandinavian recipes). I love my copy of Scandinavian Home Cooking which is a cookbook filled with simple Scandinavian-style recipes. I may have a copy of Scandinavian Recipes tucked a

    Jul by Patrice M. Johnson is a truly lovely holiday cookbook which features Swedish recipes although some of the recipes cross through other Scandinavian countries. I found plenty of similar recipes often prepared by Norwegian cooks for example. (My husband comes from a Norwegian background so I've learned to cook Scandinavian recipes). I love my copy of Scandinavian Home Cooking which is a cookbook filled with simple Scandinavian-style recipes. I may have a copy of Scandinavian Recipes tucked away in my bookshelf but I will have to look for it.

    Back to Jul: Jul features many holiday recipes and stories about how the food was prepared. The author writes about making lefse, various Christmas cookies, lutefisk and meatballs for the diners who did not want to eat lutefisk.

    You will find many color photos showing the recipes look.

    Some of the recipes you'll find include:

    Swedish Pancakes

    Lucia Buns

    Swedish Butter Cookies

    Ginger Pinchies

    Sandbaklesser

    Holiday Bread

    My Swedish Meatballs

    Potato Puree

    Quick-Pickled Cucumbers

    Herring Salad

    Aquavit-Cured Gravlax

    Swedish Sausage

    Glug

    Recommend.

    Review written after downloading a galley from Edelweiss.

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