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Profile of the Week: Lotta Lundgren

She calls herself a food writer but many of us know her from some of Swedens most popular tv programs such as Historieätarna, Landet Brunsås and Bye Bye Sverige. We catched up with Lotta Lundgren to talk about her newly released book and her plans ahead.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.  

I am a lazy woman that writes books, like jokes and does tv-shows. I have about 6 kids, some of them mine, four hunting dogs, twelve chickens, a funny man and 50 000 bees. Extremely good at eating, cooking and talking about food. Interested in history, art, gardening, dead thinkers, disgusting diseases and literature. 

You have worked as a copywriter, author, tv-host. What would you describe yourself as now? 

I usually call myself a food writer, mostly so that I can have a reasonable answer whenever someone asks. In reality I work with all sorts of things all the time. People are calling me daily asking me to come up with something, write something, talk about something or just sit in a room and “exist”. Sometimes it hits me, I could simply just say no, but unfortunately it is a hell of a lot faster to end the conversation by saying yes. It is a highly questionable working method and I have promised myself to review it as soon as I have a minute to spare. 

What is the best thing about your job? 

That I never get bored. 

Tell us a bit more about your new book. 

It's title, Cook Me, has a double meaning in Swedish and means both cook me and cure/fix me. The book contains 41 exquisite recipes, close to a hundred stories and an extensive chapter about wine. The images are created by still life photographer Pelle Bergström and artist Denise Grünstein. To summarize it all one could say that it actually is a sort of art- humor project that poses as a cookbook. 

How did you come up with the idea of the book? 

The great thing about cookbooks is that you can do a bit of whatever the hell you want within the binders. Strangely there is almost no one that take advantage of it, the cookbook landscape is virgin ground in that sense – almost everything else that is made in the genre is collections of recipes with images or something about diets. 

A lot of the content in Cook Me looks like the type of content normally found in cookbooks, but then there is also a lot of mixed material than no one has asked for, but I find funny, beautiful or interesting. In that sense I think that the cookbook is the most free and grateful form of books in the universe.

What inspires you?

All and everything. Personal failures, the small trivialities of life, the beauty of existence and fun conversations are inspiring. But creatively speaking I work the best in solitude and total boredom. Occasionally I fantasize about going to jail, for the sake of art, it is in that type of environment I think and write the best. But the kids would be sad and the food would be anything but fun. 

Do you have any favorite spots in Stockholm? 

Skinnarviksberget, Skogskyrkogården och Skeppsholmen.  

Any new tv projects releasing soon that you can tell us about?

In February its premiere for Återskaparna (Repais Shop) that I am hosting together with Erik Haag. The country's best craftsmen in each guild repairs and restores broken items that has a special history and place in ordinary people’s lives and hearts. 

Where do you prefer to go on vacation and what is your dream destination? 

I am a very bad tourist and I hate staying in hotels. I also dislike traveling; I seem to lack the type of restlessness that is required to appreciate it. On the other hand, I am extremely well suited for staying where I am and being fine with it. 

Favorite restaurants in Stockholm and why?

La Voisine at Erstagatan. Pleasent atmosphere, atmosfär, amazing food and the wines are insane. Barbro at Hornstull is also very good. 

Would you recommend something to our readers? 

No, but I am more than happy to spread the message that it is way more pleasant to eat at a round dinner table than a rectangular. 

Lottas new new book can be found here.

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Profile of the Week: Lotta Lundgren

She calls herself a food writer but many of us know her from some of Swedens most popular tv programs such as Historieätarna, Landet Brunsås and Bye Bye Sverige. We catched up with Lotta Lundgren to talk about her newly released book and her plans ahead.