Icelandic Recipes

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Icelandic Recipes

Traditional Icelandic food

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Q: My family and I just got back from Iceland, and we are looking for recipes for Icelandic lobster soup and bean soup. Any suggestions as to where we can find Icelandic recipes?

Theresa, US

A: There are several books to be recommended on Icelandic cuisine:

Icelandic Food and Cookery by Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir, Iceland’s best known food writer.

Cool Dishes: Traditional Icelandic Cuisine, also by Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir.

Nanna has a website, which includes an interesting article about the history of Icelandic food, which you can view here.

North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland by Gunnar Karl Gíslason, recommended by restaurateurs.

Delicious Iceland by Völundur Snær Völundarson.

Café Loki in Reykjavík, which serves traditional Icelandic dishes, welcomes requests for recipes, which can be emailed to [email protected].

The January/February issue of Iceland Review included an interview with Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir on Icelandic culinary traditions. has posted numerous Icelandic recipes, which you will find by searching the word "recipe" on our website.

Guide to Iceland has several recipes, which you can view here.

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