Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Day 315, on which John thinks hembakat är bäst [10.11.10]

Dag tre hundrede og femten. Pretty good day today, watched Forrest Gump with my film club in an ekstra-speshul after school screening! Booyah! Plus there were digestives and brownies, so much fun was had. And, as well all know, it's impossible to say a bad word about Forrest Gump. What's that? Tom Hanks made a bad movie? I'm sorry sir, but you seem to be talking tripe. On a more interesting note, it's curious to see the similarities between Forrest and Lennie in Of Mice and Men. However, the two have their differences, but no doubt the script of Forrest Gump was Of Mice and Men-inspired. Whoever the scriptwriter was must have read it. They're American, of course.

OK, this book is old news for sure, but I really love it and for some reason it's a baking book I want to buy. Not for the recipes, though I'm sure there are some great Swedish recipes in there. Here's the backstory: it's a Swedish baking book by the glorious people at IKEA, named Hambakat är Bäst (Homemade is best), photographed by the suitably Swedish Carl Kleiner and styled by Evelina Bratell.

Available in English as well, folks.
Every recipe's ingredients are laid out and organised and made to look all neat and nice. Not doubt it's also the right amount of each ingredient that is present in each shot. The great thing about these photos is that each recipe has its own layout, a composition that could only be made of those amounts of those exact ingredients. Each recipe therefore has its own character and makes a unique shape.


This is one of my favourites, Ruts hästskor, which from what I can tell is some kind of biscuit. I just love that all the ingredients and trimmed and sliced as if they simply fabrics, but of course we all know how difficult it is to fit flour to a triangular shape, let alone pour syrup or whatever that is in a straight-ish line. The diagonal composition of this one is really striking, and yet the shapes create an inferred rectangle shape. Clever stuff, Mr. and Mrs. Swedish.


It's not even important what this will make. All you know is that it has chocolate and nuts in it, and you want to eat it.

~John

ps. that last dish is called Schwartzwaldtåta, and it looks like this:


So yeah, I was right. I do want to eat it. And I do want to buy this book. Maybe. Price tag depending.

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