Fika – The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break
by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall
Illustrations by Johanna Kindvall
Published by Ten Speed Press, 2015
The book is a celebration of the Swedish coffee break, fika. Something that most Swedes do daily, sometimes even twice. At work, at home or together with friends. Doesn’t matter where, when or how, for a Swede this break is essential. And the best fika comes with a treat, sweet or savory.
In the book Anna and I share our favorite fika recipes, both sweet and savory. The book has almost 50 recipes of cakes, cookies, torts, buns, jams & cordials, breads and crackers. It’s recipes we grew up with or regularly bake at home. It’s a mix of old traditional recipes like tunnbröd (a soft flat bread), classics like Kardemummabullar (Cardamom Buns) and some totally new like Hazelnut & Coffee Cake.
“Therefore, it’s not just because you bake a certain cake and serve a cup of coffee that you have fika. To truly fika requires a commitment to making time for a break in your day, the creation of a magical moment in the midst of the routine and the mundane. Fika is the time when everything else is put on hold. This book is intended to inspire you to do just that.” – Anna Brones, Fika – The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break
a few words from others…
“For those looking to bring fika vibes to their lives, the book is a wealth of Swedish recipes and cooking tips. Swedish classics like kanelbullar (cinnamon buns spiced with cardamom) and hasselnötsflarn (simple cookies best dipped in a fresh cup of coffee) are easily explained and aided by Kindvall’s upbeat illustrations.” – Hans Aschim, Cool Hunting
“To aid readers in integrating the practice into their own lives, Brones and Kindvall trace the history of the concept and cleverly lay out all the necessities from baking tools and methods to mastering the Fika vernacular, and include suggestions for where (anywhere!), when (all the time!) and how to enjoy it.”– Lindsey Tramuta, NYTIMES
“With whimsical descriptions and playful illustrations, the book is as charming as the tradition itself.” – Alison Spiegel, Huffington Post
a selection of recipes in the book
Vetebullar (Cinnamon and Cardamom Buns)
Kardemummakaka (Cardamom Cake)
Apelsinsnittar (Orange Almond Slices)
Finska Pinnar (Finnish Sticks)
Muskotsnittar (Nutmeg Slices)
Hasselnötsflarn (Hazelnut Crisps)
Chokladbiskvier (Chocolate Buttercream Almond Rounds)
Kokostoppar (Coconut Peaks)
Kladdkaka (Sticky Chocolate Cake)
Kronans Kaka (Almond Potato Cake)
Rabarbersaft (Rhubarb Cordial)
Flädersaft (Elderberry Cordial)
Kinuskikaka (Kinuski Caramel Cake)
Fyriskaka (Classic Apple Cake)
Semlor (Swedish Cream Buns)
Marängtårta med Hasselnötter (Hazelnut Meringue Torte)
Lussekatter (Saffron Buns)
Pepparkakor (Swedish Gingersnaps)
Mjuka Pepparkakor (Soft Ginger Cookies)
Mandelmusslor (Almond Tartlets)
Kumminskorpor (Caraway Crisps)
Anis och Hasselnöts Biscotti (Anise and Hazelnut Biscotti)
Fikonmarmelad (Fig Preserves)
Rågbröd (Rye Bread)
Knäckekex (Crispbread Crackers)
Want more? I suggest you read my behind the scenes story about the process in creating the book.
The Culinary Cyclist is written by the passionate food writer and cyclist Anna Brones. The book is not just a cookbook, it’s a guide to hedonistic two-wheeled living, either in the city or the countryside. The recipes are gluten free and most of them are vegan. Examples of mouth watering recipes are Homemade Ginger Ale, Chocolate Sea Salt Cake, Raw Walnut Butter and Quinoa Apple Spice Cake. The book also gives you tips on bulk shopping by bicycle, two-wheeled picnics and how to successfully host a dinner party. There is also an instruction on how to sew your own produce bag for your bulk shopping (illustrated). The illustrations in the book are all made by Johanna Kindvall, the editor and illustrator of Kokblog.
“Illustrator Johanna Kindvall adds charm and clarity to the essays and recipes. The book is packed with clear, simple, Swedish-inspired recipes that include such delights as baked eggs in avocados (perhaps the ideal breakfast food) and a classic, creamy chocolate cake that happens to be made without gluten.” – Microcosm Publishing
You can see more books illustrated by me here.