By Gunnar Karl Gíslason, Jody Eddy
An exceptional investigate the nutrition and tradition of Iceland, from Iceland's most suitable chef and the landlord of Reykjavík's eating place Dill.
Iceland is understood for being essentially the most attractive and untouched areas in the world, and a burgeoning vacation spot for tourists lured by means of its awesome landscapes and colourful tradition. Iceland is usually domestic to an totally specified and alluring meals scene, characterised by way of its targeted indigenous parts, conventional farmers and artisanal manufacturers, and wildly artistic cooks and restaurants.
might be no Icelandic eating place is as well-loved and significantly lauded as chef Gunnar Gíslason’s eating place Dill, which opened in Reykjavík’s old Nordic condominium in 2009. North is Gíslason’s splendidly own debut: equivalent components recipe e-book and culinary odyssey, it deals an exceptional investigate a celeb chef’s inventive strategy. yet greater than only a number of recipes, North is additionally a party of Iceland itself—the inspiring traditions, tales, and those who make the island state not like the other position on the earth.
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