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New Scandinavian Cooking: The Mother Of Invention

Airs Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Award-winning TV host, food journalist and cookbook author Andreas Viestad (pictured cooking over a wood fire) treats viewers to an eye-opening voyage through his native Norway, where he creates tantalizing recipes with unusual ingredients against stunning natural backdrops.

Shot entirely on location, "New Scandinavian Cooking" offers a rich visual tour of Nordic cuisine, culture and history. Award-winning TV host, food journalist and cookbook author Andreas Viestad treats viewers to an eye-opening voyage through his native Norway, where he creates tantalizing recipes with unusual ingredients against stunning natural backdrops. In several episodes, two guest chefs — Sara La Fountain and Claus Meyer — join Andreas on his culinary adventures through Finland and Denmark.

In this episode, Andreas travels to Norway's Highland, near Hallingdal, where survival of the fittest spawned many local delicacies. Inspired by history, Andreas makes homemade yogurt and cream cheese, a quick gravlax and finally, tender lamb shanks with a root vegetable puree.

Watch video segments and get the recipes online. "New Scandinavian Cooking" is on Facebook.

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