Signe Johansen

Signe Johansen

Signe is a young English-speaking Norwegian food anthropologist and cook, blogging from Bloomsbury. She trained as a chef stagiere at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen and at Leiths School of Food & Wine (Diploma 2006-2007), as well as working stages at Rick Stein's Seafood restaurant in Padstow, Racine and Ottolenghi and providing private catering for clients such as Democrats Abroad and corporate clients. Signe is a co-author of The Ultimate Student Cookbook (Absolute Press 2009) and contributor to The Big Bumper Book of Marmite (Absolute Press 2009), a regular recipe writer for the Beyond Baked Beans budget cookery website and co-founder of the Students Can Cook Campaign. She is also an experienced recipe tester, having worked on The Ultimate Student Cookbook, The Big Bumper Book of Marmite and as assistant to Fiona Beckett in The Frugal Cook. Signe's blog, Scandilicious, specialises in modern Scandinavian cooking. She is active in social media both on twitter as @scandilicious and on the facebook page of Beyond Baked Beans, participating in live events such as the GoodFood TV channel re-launch, matching food and wine competions and as head chef of the Blaggers' Banquet in aid of Action Against Hunger (November 2009). Signe graduated with a BA in Social Anthropology at Cambridge in 2003 and gained her MA in Antropology of Food at the University of London (SOAS) in 2009. She will be taking up a post as part-time lecturer at the School of Artisan Food on food science, umami and terroir as of September 2010 when she starts a PhD in the anthropology of fermentation, specialising in artisan bread. She teaches a monthly 1 day Introduction to Scandinavian cooking course at Leith's School of Food and Wine, and somehow also finds time to bake cakes for The Scandinavian Kitchen in Great Titchfield Street, London W1. She speaks Norwegian, English, German, Japanese and Spanish.
Saltyard Books

Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking . . . Scandilicious

By Signe Johansen

We've long looked south for our food inspiration - but what about our neighbours to the north? We share a climate, a history (those Vikings got everywhere) and a love of cool, from sleek Nordic design to clear frosty November mornings. We also share our love of the outdoors - bracing autumn days, bright spring mornings, lazy summers by the water and long winter walks - and the pleasure of sharing good food with friends around the kitchen table.
Discover the secrets of Scandinavian cooking - from delicious healthy breakfasts and leisurely brunches to tasty suppers and plenty of stress-free crowd-pleaser puddings. Learn the knack of putting together the perfect smorrebrod for a speedy Scandi lunch, and discover some very more-ish cakes and biscuits to accompany your afternoon cuppa.
From cinnamon chestnut bread, cardamom cream buns and home-made gravadlax to soups, salads, smoothies and much more, Signe Johansen, a young cook steeped in the traditions of Scandinavia and trained by the best British chefs, shows us that it's not all herrings and meatballs... although you will find them in here too. Fresh, light, surprisingly indulgent, this is food to lift your spirits - it's quite simply Scandilicious!

Our love of things Scandinavian continues to grow... A beautiful book that conveys the simplicity and clean flavours of this region's cooking.'A beautifully presented book with a clean spacious layout'Time was when the most exciting name in Scandinavian food was the Muppets' Swedish chef - but no longer!... Bright young cooks such as London-based Norwegian Signe Johansen have emerged to guide us beyond our meatballs and pickled herring prejudices. Her clean, simple recipes are fjord-fresh, with welcome alternatives for ingredients that might be hard to find.'If you thought Scandinavian food was all about herring, think again. It is, as they say in the fashion world, so hot right now; as is Johansen, a food anthropologist with a winning style and a great way with a recipe'Scandi cuisine is the coolest food trend of the moment and, if you're curious to get to know it better, this is the perfect intro, with gorgeous, simple, and often very healthy recipes that show how this way of eating goes deliciously way beyond the pickled herring cliches.'I fell for the dinner course: four racy soups, including a zingy beetroot and ginger, and a number of piquant fish recipes''Practical and inspiring . . . Johansen's recipes are homely and doable'Scandinavia is so hip right now...Johansen's fresh and healthy style includes breezy breakfasts of bricher muesli, rhubarb and orange compote and deliciously different afternoon teas of cardomom cream buns and spiced apple cake.I love this book. Too often cookbooks assume more knowledge than the reader has or too basic but this book is, like its food, simply refreshing, unfussy and... works! That's very Scandinavian of course.'Each recipe is accompanied by gorgeous photography and lends itself perfectly to a celebration of the pleasure of sharing good food with friends''Like the genius behind Noma, who fills his menu with northern European specialities, such as local vegetables, foraged herbs and fresh fish, Johansen also wants to shift the gastronomic compass away from the Mediterranean... From Finnish blueberry tart and Bergen fish chowder (after her father's home town) to Norwegian lemon, currant and almond cake, the recipes brim with fresh, accessible flavours'An introduction to Scandinavian food from breakfast to supper.An introduction to Scandinavian food from breakfast to supper, with over 80 recipes using simple seasonal ingredients and with inspiring photography that will send you straight into the kitchen.Signe has a huge following for her blog about Scandinavian food signejohansen.com, and has over 6,000 followers on Twitter.
Saltyard Books

Scandilicious Baking

By Signe Johansen

Discover the secrets of great baking with Scandilicious flair...

Scandinavian baking is among the best in the world. Deeply ingrained in the culture, it is a distinctive part of the Nordic identity, history and well-being. Welcome to a place where cakes made with real butter are celebrated rather than feared, where entire festivals are dedicated to baking and where it is believed there is nothing quite like the thrill of making one's own bread, Christmas biscuits or cardamom buns.

Following on from the success of SECRETS OF SCANDINAVIAN COOKING...SCANDILICIOUS, Signe Johansen shares with us a mouth-watering selection of traditional and modern baked treats. Think moreish müsli bread hot from the oven; pumpkin, cheese and sage muffins that pack a real flavour punch; and irresistable redcurrant mazarin tart or upside-down blueberry cake - perfect for summer entertaining.

Signe Johansen celebrates the gloriously flavourful world of Scandinavian baking . . . The straightforward and honest recipes, full of warming spices and feel-good grains, are enhanced by mouthwatering photography - Ms Johansen's enthusiasm and passion for hearty, comforting Scandinavian fare shines throughSigne's second book maintains the fjord-fresh Scandinavian tastes of Scandilicious, with traditional and modern ideas. Her use of grains such as spelt and barley adds texture and flavour to more healthy bakingBakers sick of being assulted by frosting frou-frou and cutesy cakes every time they open a book will delight in Sig's earthy recipes . . . she's clever and creative.Signe Johansen is highly qualified to spread some Scandinavian baking love... you'll be busy for hours delving into these unusual treatsFull of flavours and clever ideasThe coolest cook to bang the drum for Scandinavian cooking.Perfect for seasoned bakers... these are chic updates on the usual Christmas bakes.In a year crowded with baking books, this collection stands out. Johansen, from Norway, has the two qualities you want in a baker: flawless taste and rigorous technique. Her oat cookies are the best i've ever made, and sticky cinamon bun-cake, with a suspicion of cardamom, is the stuff of Nordic dreams... Scandilicious indeed.You could have sold anything in 2012 by sticking the word 'Scandinavian' on it but this confident second book by cook and anthropologist Johansen reminds you why. Some of the world's best baked goods, presented in her now trademark easy style'.An introduction to Scandinavian baking, with more gorgeous recipes for breads, pastries, cakes and biscuits from Signe Johansen, all oozing with Scandilicious flair...An introduction to some of the best baking in the world, perfectly timed to coincide with the UK's current baking obsession.For thousands of foodies who follow the latest trends, Scandinavian food has never been more in vogue with its healthy connotations and cool cuisine, and our continued love of all things Scandi.A seasonal focus ensures recipes for baked treats are as perfect for summer as for winter, giving the book relevance all year round.Signe Johansen's first book, SECRETS OF SCANDINAVIAN COOKING: SCANDILICIOUS was published in 2011 to great reviews, successfully moving her from popular food blogger to established food writer.Signe's blog about Scandinavian food (signejohansen.com) has been voted one of the Independent's 50 Best Food Websites, and she has over 6,000 followers on Twitter (@scandilicious).
Saltyard Books

Scandilicious Baking

Signe Johansen
Authors:
Signe Johansen

Discover the secrets of great baking with Scandilicious flair... Scandinavian baking is among the best in the world. Deeply ingrained in the culture, it is a distinctive part of the Nordic identity, history and well-being. Welcome to a world where cakes made with real butter are celebrated rather than feared, where entire festivals are dedicated to baking and where it is believed there is nothing quite like the thrill of making one's own bread, Christmas biscuits or cardamom buns. Following on from the success of SECRETS OF SCANDINAVIAN COOKING...SCANDILICIOUS, Signe Johansen shares with us a mouth-watering selection of traditional and modern baked treats. Think moreish müsli bread hot from the oven; pumpkin, cheese and sage muffins that pack a real flavour punch; and irresistable redcurrant mazarin tart or upside-down blueberry cake - perfect for summer entertaining. Dipping into seasonal fare, and finishing with a chapter on Christmas treats and gifts, SCANDILICIOUS BAKING will soon become a kitchen favourite.

Saltyard Books

Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking . . . Scandilicious

Signe Johansen
Authors:
Signe Johansen

We've long looked south for our food inspiration - but what about our neighbours to the north? We share a climate, a history (those Vikings got everywhere) and a love of cool, from sleek Nordic design to clear frosty November mornings. We also share our love of the outdoors - bracing autumn days, bright spring mornings, lazy summers by the water and long winter walks - and the pleasure of sharing good food with friends around the kitchen table. Discover the secrets of Scandinavian cooking - from delicious healthy breakfasts and leisurely brunches to tasty suppers and plenty of stress-free crowd-pleaser puddings. Learn the knack of putting together the perfect smorrebrod for a speedy Scandi lunch, and discover some very more-ish cakes and biscuits to accompany your afternoon cuppa.From cinnamon chestnut bread, cardamom cream buns and home-made gravadlax to soups, salads, smoothies and much more, Signe Johansen, a young cook steeped in the traditions of Scandinavia and trained by the best British chefs, shows us that it's not all herrings and meatballs... although you will find them in here too. Fresh, light, surprisingly indulgent, this is food to lift your spirits - it's quite simply Scandilicious!

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