Om jag var din hemmafru by Lotta Lundgren, is an amazing cookbook (in Swedish only, for now), by Lotta Lundgren, a former advertising copywriter who changed careers to become a food writer and chef. I got this book as a present, and I love it, not only for the amazing gorgeous photos (which Lotta as the model!), but also for the food writing. The recipes are fine, but the best is the intros to each dish and the irreverent humor that is everywhere, in every line.
It is hard to explain this in English, but she has a fantastic tongue-in-cheek, silly, intelligent, and contemporary humoristic take on life, food, love, and eating in her Swedish text. It is just GORGEOUS from both a visual, intellectual, and foodie viewpoint. I have so far cooked two things out of the book, but I have read the whole cookbook, from front to back page. And that is usually not the case! Often Swedes are too serious, and this book just loosens everything up!
In many ways this is an anti-book book, a book that suggests that you don't take life, food, recipes and work so seriously - that you just let go and enjoy it. Many of the recipes do not give exact measurements. Lotta, THANK YOU!
USA needs this cookbook, but I am not sure most people here would get it, considering the backwards, horrible trends among some groups here (anti-love, anti-good food, anti-birth control, anti-personal freedom - just thinking about the recent republican presidential campaign makes me shudder of disgust). At least we Swedes have this book to be happy about.
Sweden publishes the most cook books per year per capita, which is pretty amazing. But Swedes care about food, good food, organic and local products, and they also travel near and far so they are used to many different cuisines.
(If you can read Swedish, here is a great review of the book from Kulturdelen)
[Large photos by Vilseskogen on Flickr, Creative Commons; book cover by Norstedts]