As with all Ikea products, the book has a distinctive Swedish name -- Hembakat är Bäst, or Homemade Is Best -- and it contains some thirty basic recipes for what one assumes are traditional Scandinavian treats, such as vanilijhorn (apparently similar to almond croissants) and pepperkakor (gingerbread cookies). Are the recipes any good? Who knows? The attention right now is focused on the styling and photography -- provided in this case by Carl Kleiner, a Stockholm-based photographer well known for his own minimalist, offbeat aesthetic.
Unfortunately for all of us stateside Swedish wannabes, Hembakat är Bäst isn't yet available in the U.S. If you've got Old World cousins -- or any pals doing their junior years abroad -- implore them to send a few copies across the Atlantic. Language barrier? No problem. Anyone who's ever figured out how to use one of those wordless Ikea instruction manuals will find this to be -- wait for it -- a piece of cake. (Oh yes we did!)