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Finnish American Heritage Center publishes cookbook that’s more than recipes

February 11, 2019


The Finns’ influence on Copper Country food ways is well documented.

Now, it’s also well compiled.

The Finnish American Heritage Center has recently completed a picture and story laden cookbook titled “Tastes of Finnish America: Foods That Make Us Smile.”

An homage to Finnish-American life and food ways in the Copper Country, this volume features the stunning photography of Finnish photographer Timo Villanen, who spent weeks in the U.P. during the summer of 2018 with his wife Satu Huttunen, immersing themselves in the many “flavors” of Finnish-American life that are ever-present in the region.

“The contents of this book celebrate the summer food traditions of the Finnish Americans who call the Copper Country their home,” wrote FAHC Director Jim Kurtti, who crafted the text in the book. “Although our roots are in Finland, Finnish-American culture is very distinct from the homeland.”

“Tastes of Finnish America” includes 11 recipes from Copper Country Finnish Americans, and some insights regarding each dish and what led to its significance in Finnish-American food culture. The book is much more than a collection of kitchen tips, however; it’s a testament to how Finnish-American history and culture has remained relevant in the Copper Country for more than a century in a variety of ways — including food ways.

The book, which retails for $25, is available now from North Wind Books. All proceeds from the book support programming at the Finnish American Heritage Center. Visit bookstore.finlandia.edu to pick up a copy today.

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