Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

What do home cooks look for in a cookbook? Delicious food, easy to follow recipes and crowd pleasers of course! Gudrun’s Kitchen is one part cookbook – full of delicious recipes of soups, stews, candies and puddings – and another an exploration of a family’s story and culture through food. The family history part of the book starts off with a woman named Gudrun, whose home was always filled with love, laughter and children.

Gudrun’s children pulled a collection of their mother’s recipes, handed down through generations, for this outstanding cookbook. Each recipe offers a Norwegian flavor that will leave Norwegians and Americans alike with a warm belly and a taste of home. The recipes are easy to follow and never leave you guessing on where to go next.

The main dish recipes range from a succulent fried chicken to a more spicy and tongue tantalizing curry with rice and lentils. Sweet dishes do not disappoint either. Try the applesauce cake – it is delicious! I have always loved ethnic food, and this beautifully bound cookbook did not disappoint. I give the authors four out of five stars on taste, story, and presentation. Join Gudrun in her kitchen every night and leave your family with a happy belly and a taste of home!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh, PA with her fiance and her two beautiful cats. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also an artist, writer, environmental activist, creative coordinator and aspiring culinary genius. She believes there is nothing better to her then a good book, and lives one cover to the next.

Review copies were provided free of any obligation by Wisconsin Historical Society Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.