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LIVING | 02.10.2016

Hot from the Stove: Four New, Special Cookbooks

While we have little use for the stove in summer (the heat, a salad is just fine, there’s always a barbecue somewhere), we retreat to our homes in the cold months. Time to finally try out the recipes that have been on our waiting list for so long. Or those that were simply pushed aside by laziness during summer. So: Dust off your cookbooks (or try one of these gorgeous new releases), invite some friends and family over and just start cooking! At last an occasion to use your entire set of dinnerware for 12 people. After all, it usually has its sole grand appearance on Christmas, before it disappears in the kitchen cabinet once again.

Love Kitchen by Eschi Fiege (Brandstätter)

As we all know, the way to the heart is through the stomach. With her cookbook Love Kitchen: Recipes for two, the Viennese chef Eschi Fiege proves that there is certainly truth to that wisdom. Not just the title but also the recipes contained within are a homage to friendship or love, with dishes that at times feel like a warm and hearty hug — such as the meringue éclairs with raspberry filling or the warm orange cocoa. If your best friend or better half happens to be busy, these dishes are perfect soul soothers in between. A declaration of love to ourselves, as it were.

Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People by Magnus Nilsson (Phaidon)

When celebrated Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson isn’t busy wielding pans and cooking spoons in the kitchen of his restaurant Fäviken Magasinet, he can often be found behind the viewfinder of his camera. For Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People, the 32-year-old travelled across northern Europe, from Denmark to Finland. On his journey, Nielsson did not only capture the landscape and people he met, but also their recipes (previously published in Nordic: The Cookbook). For your next holiday in Sweden, make a note of the restaurant of the hobby photographer, which is one of the 50 best restaurants in the world and has been awarded two Michelin stars.

Orient – köstlich vegetarisch von Salma Hage (Phaidon by Edel)

For more than fifty years, the Lebanese housewife and cook Salma Hage has been cooking oriental delicacies for her family and friends. Her latest book, Orient – köstlich vegetarisch, reveals that she has accumulated numerous recipes during this time. Besides classic dishes like spicy Baba Ghanoush or bulgur salad, the 272 pages also include modern reinterpretations, such as the cauliflower and chickpea burger. Meat? Will be as far from your mind as hunger.

The Kitchen by Studio Olafur Eliasson (Knesebeck)

Spending his lunch break by himself is out of the question for the artist Olafur Eliasson. That is why the 49-year-old invites his team members to a large communal lunch gathering each day in his Berlin studio. Large, in Eliasson’s case, can mean a get together of up to 90 people. To keep his staff fit, guest chefs like Lauren Maurer provide them daily with fresh organic dishes. If you want to know what exactly is being served, you can now find out in the cookbook Studio Olafur Eliasson – The Kitchen.

Photos: Vanessa Maas/Brandstätter Verlag; Phaidon; Phaidon by Edel; Knesebeck Verlag

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