I was so excited when I first got my hands on Moomins Cookbook last summer and have been meaning to write a review on it since then. My, where does the time go?
The book is filled with over 150 recipes collected by Sami Malila and lively illustrations by the late Tove Jansson. It is subtitled, ‘An Introduction to Finnish Cuisine,’ and that is exactly what we get–traditional recipes likely used by Moominmammas (and Papas) all over Finland. Although I’ve never actually had authentic Finnish food, I imagine most of these recipes are what Finns would call comfort food.
“Everything fun is good for the stomach,” states the introductory page, setting the scene of happy Moomins enjoying tasty food together. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a picnic outing and garden party thrown in for good measure. There are also a number of recipes for fresh fruit jams and pickles.
The cakes and puds would be fun to make with kiddies but the most appetising options are the warm savoury soups listed under the evening meals section. My only complaint would be that there are no pictures of the food, which I always find helpful when trying out a new recipe.
Overall, this cookbook is more for the ardent Moomin fan than the aspiring home chef, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It is a fun book for those who love Moomins, great for cooking with little ones, and for those who want to learn about Finnish cuisine.