Author(s): Magnus Nilsson
Faviken is an exclusive insight into one of the world's most interesting restaurants: Faviken Magasinet in Sweden. Narrative texts, photographs and recipes explain head chef Magnus Nilsson's remarkable approach to sourcing and cooking with ingredients that are farmed and hunted in the immediate vicinity of the restaurant, and how he creates a seasonal cycle of menus based on them. He runs the restaurant with the same ethos as the farm that the restaurant building once housed. The small team of chefs harvests and preserves all the food for the restaurant by hand using the most natural methods possible. They reject the popular contemporary cooking equipment such as low-temperature water baths and liquid nitrogen in favour of simple cooking methods of grilling and roasting over open coals, relying on the chefs' innate skills and knowledge of the product to get the perfect result. This approach results in the highly creative food they serve in the restaurant, the pure, intense flavours of which, far from seeming traditional, are remarkable. The restaurant is near Jarpen, 600km north of Stockholm, in a remote part of the country, an area popular with cross-country skiiers. The restaurant is in a traditional Swedish farm and caters for only 12 people each evening. The menu is the same for all the guests, and each dish is served to all the guests at the same time, introduced by Magnus himself. The dishes sometimes involve the use of traditional implements such as a nineteenth-century ice-cream churn or an old sourdough bread basket, which is still used for proving the dough. Even though not everyone can visit Faviken, Nilsson's approach to working with ingredients in the most natural, intuitive way possible, and making the most of each season, will inspire all cooks and food-lovers to think differently about the ingredients that are available to them. Many of the basic recipes for yoghurt, bread, porridge, vinegar, pickles and preserves are simple and straightforward enough for anyone to attempt at home, and the advice on natural preservation methods can be followed by anyone.
"For those who can't travel to the wilderness of Northern Sweden, this book is an excellent look into that region's bounties and the brilliant vision of Magnus Nilsson. And, this is just the beginning." - David Chang, Momofuku "Magnus is one of the brightest chefs that I have ever met - and this comes through so clearly when flicking through the pages of this book." - Ren Redzepi, NOMA
Magnus Nilsson (b.1984) is the head chef of Faviken Magasinet restaurant in Sweden. After training as a chef and sommelier in Sweden he worked with Pascal Barbot of L'Astrance in Paris before joining Faviken as a sommelier. Within a year he had taken over the running of the restaurant.
Introduction Meat Fish Dairy and Eggs Plants Eating at Faviken Glossary Index