Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions by Patrice Johnson

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Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions Read Online Free - 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, which involves a combination of culinary traditions: allspice-scented meatballs, Norwegian lefse served Swedish style (warm with butter), and the American interloper, macaroni and cheese. Just as she tracks down the meanings behind why her family celebrates as it does, she reaches into the lives and histories of other Swedish Americans with their own stories, their own versions of traditional recipes, their own joys of the season. The result is a fascinating exploration of the Swedish holiday calendar and its American translation.

Featured dishes include yellow pea soup (artsoppa) and Swedish pancakes (Svenska plattar); assorted Swedish cookies like pepparkakor, rosettes, and meringues; meatballs with pickled cucumber; the julhog, a breakfast pyramid of bread, cheese, fruit, and cookies; and so much more. Come, raise a glass of punsch, hear tell of holidays past, snack on cardamom bread, and celebrate jul the midwestern way.

Title : Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions
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ISBN : 1681340437
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Sheri rated it ★★★★★

December 15, 2017

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

Catherine rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

(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 Novembe...

Penmouse rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

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'...

Cat rated it ★★★★★

August 22, 2017

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 t...

Stefanie rated it ★★★★☆

January 25, 2018

Best first line "I hear the crackling of tiny meatballs frying in butter, and the house is filled with the familiar heady perfume of beef, pork, and allspice." God Jul

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