Danish Touches – Recipes and Reflections


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Julie Jensen McDonald presents Danish recipes and recalls Danish immigrant life in Danish Touches: Recipes & Reflections, a new title from Penfield Books. McDonald grew up in Harlan, Iowa, where most of the babies had white-blond hair, where most of the last names ended with “-sen,” and where the adults would speak Danish to “thwart ‘little pitchers with big ears.’” The book features the Danish Immigrant Museum and the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa, as well as the Danish-themed village of Solvang, California, with a picture of Hamlet Square’s Blue Windmill and an illustration of Rasmussen’s Solvang, founded in 1921 by Danish immigrants. Also included is information about the Concordia Danish Language Camp in Bemidji, Minnesota. The book’s cover shows Danish Open-faced Sandwiches, a Danish luncheon staple and a mainstay of easy entertaining. The back cover features Eric Olesen at the O&H Danish Bakery in Racine, Wisconsin, and an elegant Danish layer cake. The book is a revision and combination of two earlier Penfield titles by McDonald, Delectably Danish: Recipes and Reflections and Definitely Danish.

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