If you’re looking to try Nordic cooking at home, chef Magnus Nilsson’s 600-plus-page opus on the subject covers everything you need to know. Nilsson, head chef at the renowned Faviken Magasinet in Sweden, compiled over 700 recipes while traveling throughout the Nordic region and learning from locals in each country. Dishes are prefaced with an introduction about their history and background, and the book covers the whole range—from the easily executable, like open-faced Danish sandwiches, to the more challenging, like Greenland’s seal soup.
Nilsson also explains traditional curing techniques and preparation methods, with illustrations to walk you through the multiple steps. But he doesn’t just cover classic dishes; you might be surprised to find that Nordic hot dogs are a popular contemporary street food. Peppered throughout the enormous volume are vivid photographs from Nilsson’s travels. (Phaidon, October 2015, $49.95)