I first heard of Magnus Nilsson in an article in Food & Wine magazine the beginning of this year and I was hooked… by his recipes, but even more by his photographs and stories behind the recipes. When I learned that our own American Swedish Institute was sponsoring an exhibition featuring him and his restaurant (Fäviken, ranked 19 on the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list) I was both excited and proud.
Magnus Nilsson's Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People is featured in the exhibition gallery in the contemporary entrance wing to the American Swedish Institute (ASI). You can also buy The Nordic Cookbook in the gift shop and find a photographic essay of his restaurant photographed by Minnesota photographer, Cameron Wittig. His Nordic photographs continue throughout the exquisite, historic Turnblad mansion. I love the big display in the dining room of Magnus Nilsson teaching how to 'skol' properly… and the photographs of the hills of underground hot springs scattered with steaming pots in sunken holes baking bread. I can almost smell the mingling scents of bread and phosphorous from the bubbling underground hot springs.
ASI does an outstanding job of blending the new and the old, even providing parking designated for fuel efficient vehicles. Their outstanding FIKA restaurant has been named 'best lunch in Minnesota'.
The stark simplicity of this exhibit has made me want to visit the Nordic lands more than ever. It is on display at the American Swedish Institute through August 14,2016.
I have shared Magnus Nilsson's recipes in three of my Wednesdays Unplugged posts. What I found most impressive is the simplicity and creative pairings that let the food speak for itself, as well as the unassuming way he talks about the way people actually eat in the Nordic countries… including taco pie. The Nordic meatballs with quick-pickled sweet cucumbers and lingonberry jam was simply amazing!
- Wednesdays Unplugged – Oven-Baked Potatoes Hasselbacken
- Wednesdays Unplugged – Nordic Taco Pie
- Wednesdays Unplugged – Nordic Meatballs with quick-pickled sweet cucumbers