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Eat Smart in Denmark
How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure
Carol L. Schroeder and Katrina A. Schroeder

Winner, Best Culinary Travel Book in USA Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Gourmand International
Finalist, Travel, Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards

A food lover’s guide to Denmark

Danish cuisine has been in the gastronomic spotlight since Noma was voted the best restaurant in the world four times, starting in 2010. Noma is part of the New Nordic Cuisine movement, making use of fresh local ingredients to create variations on traditional food and drink.

The average visitor to Denmark is not likely to eat at Noma—reservations are almost impossible to get and prices are high even by Danish standards—but there are countless opportunities throughout the country to enjoy traditional and New Nordic Danish dishes ranging from the world-renowned wienerbrød pastry to rye bread topped with pickled herring. This indispensable guide will educate you about the time-honored foods that form the cornerstone of New Nordic Cuisine, as well as the correct way to eat smørrebrød, how to order a hot dog from a pølsevogn, and what Danish words you need to shop for fresh grøntsager in an outdoor market.

For a small country, Denmark is surprisingly rich in culinary traditions, many of which date back to Viking times and earlier. Join us for an entertaining, informative trip through the country, from Sjælland to Jylland, sampling the full range of Danish national specialties.

Eat Smart in Denmark connects menus and markets to geography, history, and regional pride. The easy-to-use guide includes these practical and fun features:

  • “Tastes of Denmark” provides dozens of delicious recipes from chefs and other food experts to allow travelers and food lovers to re-create Danish specialties at home

  • “Danish/English Menu Guide” demystifies food selection, equipping restaurant diners to order with confidence

  • “Danish/English Food and Flavors Guide” provides a comprehensive list of foods, spices, kitchen terms, and more to assist in shopping and cooking in Denmark

  • “Culinary History of Denmark” delves into the origins of ingredients and Danish dishes from pre-history to the present

  • “Regional Danish Foods” explores local culture, specialty dishes, and holiday traditions

  • “Helpful Phrases” provides phonetic translations of phrases essential to the “foodie” traveler.


Author. Photo credit, Name

Carol “Orange” L. Schroeder has a BA in Danish studies from Tufts University, including a year at the University of Copenhagen, and an MA in Scandinavian studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition to running the award-winning gift and gourmet shop Orange Tree Imports for almost forty years, she is the author of Danish Literature in English Translation and several translations. Katrina A. Schroeder, RD, LDN, took her first trip to Denmark as a toddler and has returned many times. She worked as a book editor for several years before becoming a registered dietitian, providing nutrition counseling for patients with obesity and eating disorders in Boston.





“This delightfully unusual but exceptionally readable book focuses on Denmark’s traditional and contemporary cuisines, with an emphasis on visiting the outdoor and indoor produce markets, sampling various street foods, and understanding the dishes . . . one might encounter. . . . The section on the historical underpinnings of Denmark’s foodstuffs is fascinating.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Enhanced with a section of color photography, a bibliography, and an index, Eat Smart in Denmark: How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure is thoroughly as informed and informative as it is user friendly. A pleasure to simply browse through for the armchair traveler, Eat Smart in Denmark: How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure is absolutely indispensable for anyone traveling to Denmark for business or pleasure. It is an exceptional and extraordinary guide to enjoying the culinary culture of the country and is highly recommended for both personal and community library Travel Guide collections.”
—Julie Summers, Midwest Book Review

Eat Smart in Denmark is the best English-language book on Danish cooking I have ever seen. It is detailed and contains lots and lots of useful tips. I warmly recommend this as an authentic and trustworthy guide to ‘eating smart in Denmark.’”
—Ole Troelsø, food and wine editor for the Danish newspaper Børsen

“This is a book that every tourist should get when they arrive in Denmark, because it will make their enjoyment of Danish food so much better.”
—Consul General Jarl Frijs-Madsen, New York

“A romp through the Danish diet.”
Forward Reviews



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November 2014
LC: 2014933690
160 pp.   5.5 x 8.5
8-page color insert  
15 b/w illus.  

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ISBN 978-1-938489-02-0
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