How Swede It Is

Scandinavian cuisine is going global. Two new cookbooks lead the charge

Scandinavian food? For many Americans, those words conjure up visions of smorgasbords and Swedish meatballs, with perhaps some sort of odd preserved fish. But interest in cuisine from the land of the midnight sun is growing, and two new cookbooks are setting out to explain the variety and bounty of Scandinavian foods. Kitchen of Light (Artisan, $35) by Norwegian TV cooking-show host Andreas Viestad, already a surprise best seller, has been joined on bookshelves this month by Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine (Houghton Mifflin, $45) by James Beard-award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Born in Ethiopia, Samuelsson was orphaned at age 3...

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