Lagom by Steffi Knowles-Dellner

Lagom by definition means just the right amount, balanced, harmonious. I have spent countless hours craving a hygge lifestyle, when I could have been craving both. What could be better than a life lived in cozy balance? Well, maybe being a Princess but since Prince Harry has tied the knot, that dream has died. 

Lagom: The Swedish Art of Eating Harmoniously by Steffi Knowles-Dellner is a gorgeous book that embraces the balance of elegance, comfort and delicious food. The overall appearance of the book clearly reflects this lifestyle and the photographs evoke a feeling of serenity. 

Lagom offers genuine insight into how Swedes eat and cook - with recipes that fit around the seasons, occasions, times of day, and appetite. Eating and cooking in tune with "lagom" means embracing food that is good for body and soul, unfussy, delicious and sustaining, and all in harmony. The Swedes understand that balance is everything - that you crave comforting food when a bitter wind is howling outside, that refreshing, lighter meals suit hot, hazy days, that a mid-morning bun is good for morale, and that a long, sociable lunch with friends and family on a Sunday is the most rewarding way to end the weekend. There is a time and place for every kind of food, and when everything is in equilibrium, contentness and satisfication follows.

The Lingonberry and orange cheesecake is simplistic perfection and the soul warming Slow-braised pork cheeks is a hearty meal when temperatures drop. These recipes are approachable for any level cook and provide measurements in weight and volume. Good for you ingredients such as spelt are introduced into pizza doughs, rolls and breads to again balance indulgence and nutrition. 

For a look inside this title see our  which shares for the following recipes:

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The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, NZ and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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115 Comments

  • Lorihahn  on  5/30/2018 at 11:58 AM

    The lingonberry and orange cheesecake sounds divine! I love the idea of huge and these recipes sound perfect for hygee'ing a day away :)

  • MadMom  on  5/30/2018 at 12:02 PM

    I think the breakfast cinnamon rolls sound delicious!

  • kmn4  on  5/30/2018 at 12:58 PM

    Lamb meatballs with lentils & cumin

  • riley  on  5/30/2018 at 1:17 PM

    Saffron biscotti with raisins

  • sarahawker  on  5/30/2018 at 1:42 PM

    Hearty beef quiche (Köttfärspaj)

  • ktwalla  on  5/30/2018 at 2:26 PM

    Wholemeal Scone-Muffins with Grapefruit and Pink Pepper Curd

  • lkgrover  on  5/30/2018 at 4:55 PM

    Rhubarb meringue tart with almonds.

  • Kimmaicutler  on  5/30/2018 at 5:27 PM

    Lingonberry and orange cheesecake

  • Laura1  on  5/30/2018 at 6:59 PM

    Sweet potato & leek gratin with oat crumble topping

  • ravensfan  on  5/30/2018 at 8:05 PM

    Steamed artichokes with whipped brown butter

  • eatysmith  on  5/30/2018 at 9:31 PM

    "Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?" Sticky buns topped with salted caramel!

  • lpatterson412  on  5/30/2018 at 9:58 PM

    Spiced Rye porridge with Raspberries!!

  • leilx  on  5/31/2018 at 12:12 AM

    Spiced rye porridge with raspberries and also chocolate rye and cardamom cookies

  • jifar  on  5/31/2018 at 8:50 AM

    Cardamom buttermilk panna cotta with dried fruit compote

  • aldebaran  on  5/31/2018 at 11:01 AM

    Almond milk-braised pork belly with peas!

  • sgump  on  5/31/2018 at 11:34 AM

    Rosehip soup with almond cookies & cream sounds mysteriously delightful!

  • lhudson  on  5/31/2018 at 2:16 PM

    Sticky buns topped with salted caramel

  • milgwimper  on  5/31/2018 at 4:54 PM

    Cardamom rice pudding with sour cherry compote

  • contest718  on  5/31/2018 at 4:56 PM

    Buckwheat, chive & lemon pancakes with smoked salmon & crème fraîche. I am always looking for salmon/fish recipes. We are getting a case of Cod in 2 weeks from Zaycon. My salmon came from them and it is excellent!!

  • annime  on  5/31/2018 at 7:59 PM

    rhubarb meringue tart

  • MiMi60  on  5/31/2018 at 8:16 PM

    Sticky buns topped with salted caramel

  • GregH  on  6/1/2018 at 3:49 AM

    Crispy sliced & stacked lemon-roasted potatoes (my hasselback bake)

  • bching  on  6/1/2018 at 10:09 AM

    My sour cherries will be ready to pick in a few weeks and the cherry star anise jam sounds perfect for them!

  • RSW  on  6/1/2018 at 1:25 PM

    Wholemeal scone-muffins with grapefruit & pink pepper curd

  • bettinab  on  6/1/2018 at 3:44 PM

    Crispy sliced and stacked lemon roasted potatoes

  • ccav  on  6/1/2018 at 8:21 PM

    So many good things...including apple, pine nut and rosemary cake!

  • Siegal  on  6/1/2018 at 9:38 PM

    I want to make sticky buns

  • dbielick  on  6/3/2018 at 5:49 AM

    Crispy sliced & stacked lemon-roasted potatoes

  • jmay42066  on  6/3/2018 at 1:20 PM

    Crispy sliced and stacked lemon roasted potatoes

  • t.t  on  6/3/2018 at 3:44 PM

    Twice-marinated pork tenderloin with chimichurri

  • shaz4  on  6/4/2018 at 4:59 AM

    So many interesting things to try but the Swedes are famous for their balanced breakfasts and i’m getting into buckwheat so I’d start with the Buckwheat & almond porridge with roasted plum & vanilla compote.

  • EmilyR  on  6/4/2018 at 1:16 PM

    Wholemeal scone-muffins with grapefruit & pink pepper curd

  • inflytur  on  6/4/2018 at 4:59 PM

    Crispy sliced & stacked lemon-roasted potatoes (my hasselback bake) looks impressive. I will definitely try it.

  • jezpurr  on  6/5/2018 at 12:56 PM

    The Slow-cooked pork with sweet mustard & root vegetables because I'm in a mustard mood!!!^_^

  • rchesser  on  6/5/2018 at 8:05 PM

    Sticky buns toppes with salted caramel.

  • NancyLynn  on  6/6/2018 at 2:38 AM

    I would make any breakfast porridge, yummy

  • lapsapchung  on  6/7/2018 at 3:41 AM

    I'd make the curd from Wholemeal scone-muffins with grapefruit & pink pepper curd and use it on all kinds of things - not just scones!

  • linby  on  6/7/2018 at 5:29 AM

    Crispy sweet potato cakes with bacon & lingonberries (Råraka / Raggmunk sound delicious and I would love to make them.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  6/7/2018 at 5:19 PM

    Crispy sliced and stacked lemon roasted potatoes

  • mpdeb98  on  6/7/2018 at 9:42 PM

    Chequerboard cookies with vanilla & cocoa

  • verorenee  on  6/8/2018 at 5:34 PM

    Strawberry ice cream with crème fraîche & rosewate

  • bangss  on  6/9/2018 at 6:51 PM

    Those salted caramel sticky buns look DELISH

  • ameliark  on  6/10/2018 at 4:40 AM

    Buckwheat, chive & lemon pancakes with smoked salmon & crème fraîche

  • LaurenE  on  6/10/2018 at 3:28 PM

    Rhubarb meringue tart with almonds

  • shellee  on  6/14/2018 at 7:09 PM

    Autumn granola with hazelnuts, rye, spelt & dates sounds delicious

  • sywcindy  on  6/14/2018 at 11:47 PM

    Coconut brown rice porridge with mango, lime and black sesame seeds

  • debbiehb  on  6/16/2018 at 6:57 AM

    Crispy sliced & stacked lemon-roasted potatoes

  • jd5761  on  6/17/2018 at 7:46 PM

    Lingonberry and orange cheesecake for me

  • Radley  on  6/18/2018 at 2:45 AM

    Beetroot and rosemary fritters with blue cheese cream

  • ltsuk  on  6/21/2018 at 1:51 AM

    Cardamom buns

  • ladybrooke  on  6/21/2018 at 12:37 PM

    Chanterelle toast with poached eggs & kale

  • thecharlah  on  6/21/2018 at 8:30 PM

    Creamy cucumber & dill gazpacho with pea salsa & sumac

  • lgroom  on  6/21/2018 at 8:47 PM

    Cardamom buns

  • size_27  on  6/22/2018 at 12:32 AM

    Sweet potato & leek gratin with oat crumble topping!

  • GillB  on  6/22/2018 at 4:25 AM

    Saffron biscotti with raisins

  • floridagld  on  6/23/2018 at 3:38 PM

    Huge fan of hygge too! And curry, therefore, I would try Mormor's curried fish soup with curry oil first.

  • luccio  on  6/23/2018 at 3:43 PM

    Gravadlax with pomegranate

  • Julia77  on  6/23/2018 at 4:12 PM

    Blueberry ice cream with buttermilk

  • ktpotat  on  6/23/2018 at 4:57 PM

    Crispy sliced and stacked lemon-roasted potatoes.

  • Julia  on  6/23/2018 at 5:31 PM

    Steamed artichokes with whipped brown butter

  • sequoia55  on  6/23/2018 at 7:11 PM

    Sticky buns topped with salted caramel

  • Jenamarie  on  6/23/2018 at 7:36 PM

    Blueberry hand pies with demerara sugar & lemon balm

  • RickPearson54  on  6/23/2018 at 7:53 PM

    Cardamon buns

  • herby  on  6/23/2018 at 8:05 PM

    Chicken thighs with white wine and gooseberries and gravadlax with pomegranate

  • HomespunHouse  on  6/23/2018 at 8:08 PM

    stacked lemon roasted potatoes

  • Lizzbethh  on  6/23/2018 at 10:05 PM

    Definitely Pork, pumpkin & sage meatballs with lemon cream, followed by the Mormor’s Curried Fish Soup with Curry Oil - or possibly the other way around!

  • gjnmc  on  6/24/2018 at 12:53 AM

    Coconut brown rice porridge with mango, lime & black sesame seeds

  • Curlyfatkins  on  6/24/2018 at 4:10 AM

    Crispy sliced & stacked lemon-roasted potatoes

  • keizerfire  on  6/24/2018 at 5:03 AM

    Creamy cucumber with dill gazpacho

  • fbrunetti  on  6/24/2018 at 9:49 AM

    Cod pâté with chives on toasted rye bread

  • Soosie  on  6/24/2018 at 4:12 PM

    Hearty beef quiche (Köttfärspaj) Sounds very interesting and mightily tempting!

  • thewoobdog  on  6/25/2018 at 9:08 AM

    I want to try the Hearty Beef Quiche

  • Sfgordon  on  6/25/2018 at 2:57 PM

    Coconut semolina cake with elderflower & pistachios

  • PurpleFruit  on  6/25/2018 at 3:08 PM

    Rosehip soup with almond cookies & cream

  • TanyaD  on  6/26/2018 at 3:49 AM

    Almond skyr with grilled peaches & lemon balm

  • kerrin1976  on  6/26/2018 at 4:45 AM

    Cinnamon & cardamom buns

  • lisambb  on  6/26/2018 at 8:17 AM

    Definitely the salted caramel buns.

  • Scotsman61  on  6/26/2018 at 8:43 PM

    Lamb meatballs with lentils & cumin followed by rhubarb meringue tart with almonds

  • tennyogirl  on  6/27/2018 at 12:42 PM

    Wholemeal scone-muffins with grapefruit & pink pepper curd

  • mhoare  on  6/27/2018 at 7:07 PM

    Strawberry compote with black pepper

  • eboos  on  6/27/2018 at 7:44 PM

    Steamed artichokes with whipped brown butter

  • Julia  on  6/28/2018 at 11:15 AM

    Lamb meatballs with lentils and cumin

  • VeryVigario  on  6/28/2018 at 2:22 PM

    7 A.M. breakfast rolls with sour cherry & vanilla jam

  • lena46  on  6/28/2018 at 4:23 PM

    Wholemeal scone-muffins

  • v.t  on  6/28/2018 at 8:13 PM

    Spiced rye porridge with raspberries

  • crownoflilies  on  6/29/2018 at 10:14 AM

    crispy sliced & stacked lemon-roasted potatoes

  • babiafi  on  6/29/2018 at 4:22 PM

    I'd like to try the almond milk-braised pork belly with peas!

  • Dannausc  on  7/1/2018 at 10:07 AM

    Cinnamon and cardamom buns

  • bettinab  on  7/1/2018 at 10:12 AM

    Lingonberry and orange cheesecake

  • blazin  on  7/1/2018 at 6:18 PM

    Crispy sweet potato cakes with bacon & lingonberries (Råraka / Raggmunk)

  • deanfromuk  on  7/1/2018 at 7:47 PM

    Lingonberry and orange cheesecake for me, love lingonberry but rarely eat them

  • orchidlady01  on  7/2/2018 at 12:53 AM

    7 A.M. breakfast rolls with sour cherry & vanilla jam

  • Nick1234  on  7/2/2018 at 3:19 AM

    Rosehip Soup

  • Poppyjoey  on  7/2/2018 at 4:13 AM

    Chanterelle toast with poached eggs and kale

  • starzine  on  7/2/2018 at 6:44 AM

    I would like to try the Buckwheat & almond porridge with roasted plum & vanilla compote.

  • ruthwollerton  on  7/2/2018 at 6:56 AM

    Lamb meatballs sound MINT and yummytastic xxx

  • TRACY007  on  7/2/2018 at 9:18 AM

    CHANTERELLE TOAST WITH POACHED EGGS AND KALE sound delicious.

  • divamode  on  7/2/2018 at 9:46 AM

    Chanterelle toast with poached eggs & kale

  • jemans  on  7/2/2018 at 1:16 PM

    The rhubarb meringue tart looks perfect!

  • robyn297  on  7/2/2018 at 3:41 PM

    Sticky buns topped with salted caramel

  • Lmocooks  on  7/4/2018 at 1:25 PM

    Creamy cucumber & dill gazpacho with pea salsa & sumac

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 6:59 PM

    Pork, pumpkin & sage meatballs with lemon cream (page 89)

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:00 PM

    Crispy sweet potato cakes with bacon & lingonberries (Råraka / Raggmunk) (page 16)

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:01 PM

    Baked chicken thighs with white wine & gooseberries

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:48 PM

    Crispy sliced & stacked lemon-roasted potatoes (my hasselback bake)

  • Nkrieda78  on  7/5/2018 at 11:04 AM

    Lamb meatballs with lemon and cumin? Yes please!

  • NaomiH  on  7/5/2018 at 6:50 PM

    Cinnamon & cardamom buns (Kanel & kardemummabullar)

  • Ishtar  on  7/6/2018 at 11:10 AM

    Lamb meatballs with lentils and cumin

  • Terrill  on  7/12/2018 at 12:21 PM

    ohhhhh...Creamy Cucumber and Dill gazpacho

  • skyejaden  on  7/13/2018 at 3:06 PM

    The Wholemeal Scone-muffins

  • Teruska  on  7/15/2018 at 5:27 AM

    Crunchy Cabbage Slaw with Seeds. My mom LOVED seeds!

  • mduncan  on  7/19/2018 at 5:50 PM

    Roasted Jerusalem artichokes with goat's curd, tarragon & flaked almonds

  • RNJessicaK  on  7/20/2018 at 5:52 AM

    Blueberry ice cream with buttermilk

  • LSanders  on  7/22/2018 at 4:53 PM

    Spiced rye porridge with raspberries! :)

  • mph993  on  7/25/2018 at 11:33 PM

    7 A.M. breakfast rolls with sour cherry & vanilla jam

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