Danish Food: The Un-Mediterranean Diet
Nordic food sounds heavy enough to sink a Viking ship. But a new Danish food cookbook reveals its lighter side.
Most Americans think of the Northern European diet—when they think of it at all—as a dreary regimen of meatballs, boiled potatoes and dried fish. But in her new book, The Nordic Diet, Trina Hahnemann recalls growing up in Denmark eating a wide range of intensely seasonal, often vegetarian meals.
She explains that her natural diet is very healthy and could help people lose weight. Recipes like her chunky barley-vegetable soup and smoked mackerel with radishes, apples and a lemony yogurt dressing go best with a northern European staple: a slice of whole-grain rye bread. "You don't have to look to the Mediterranean to eat healthfully," Hahnemann says.