The Swedish mystery genre has always been popular abroad and now even another type of Swedish literature is in demand – cookbooks! Yessirree! According to Swedish daily newspaper, DN, certain cookbooks are more popular abroad than at home – apart from the Nordic countries, there is great interest in the Netherlands and the U.S., see article in Swedish published 20-12-2012. This was perhaps the reason why Magnus Nilsson wrote his cookbook Fäviken in English, see my previous post.
DN speculated that maybe it’s not just the Swedish food per se that’s creating a demand but the idea of Swedishness. This is reflected in the style of the cookbooks, the way images of food are presented and the recipes themselves reflect this simpleness.
For a list of Swedish cookbooks translated to foreign languages, see this list.