In Search of the Best Swedish Chokladbollar – out now!

Alaine Handa

A southeast Asian falls in love with fika.

Out Now on Springtime Books

Chokladbollar are Swedish chocolate balls. Let Alaine introduce you to her favorite snack through a collection of 30 alternately naughty, healthy and exotic – but always delicious – recipes. Alaine’s a global soul and chokladbollar, a constant in her nomadic lifestyle, reflect her culturally diverse upbringing. A recent convert to the Swedish art of fika, Alaine is keen to share the virtues of taking time out of our busy schedules to sit down with friends or on your own with a steaming cup of hot coffee and a chokladboll. Fika’s about taking the time to reflect on our manic lives and to remember what’s important to us. Chokladbollar are the perfect accompaniment to this and are an ideal gift for an old friend, a dinner party dessert or fun activity to create with the kids.

Alaine’s book is written in a fun and accessible manner, making it a great pick me up after a long day at the office or a tempting treat for all ages. She has fleshed out the recipes with an investigation of fika culture in contemporary Sweden, complete with city guides and a tour of some of the coolest new coffee bars in town. Scandinavian design’s one of the hottest out there right now – this book distills some of that in the art of making these simple yet profound treats.

“The first time I tried Alaine’s chokladbollar, it was as if my tastebuds threw a party and the chokladboll was the special guest.” Marilyn White, finalist in The Amazing Food Challenge, Season 3

“Alaine is more obsessed with chokladbollar than any Swede I know.” Pierre Orsander, food writer

“Alaine is truly passionate about chokladbollar and her chokladbollar are delicious!” Karen Turner, freelance writer and blogger, Wanderlustingk

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Author: Alaine Handa

Equipped with a BA in World Arts and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles, a postgraduate in Hospitality Management from Les Roches International School of Hospitality Management Switzerland, and wine certificates from Wine Spirits Education Trust London, Alaine has a creative global soul. A picky eater with an active imagination, Alaine was offered wonderful food from all over the world by her grandmother, exposing her to spices, flavors, exotic smells, and most importantly, the freshest ingredients. Growing up between worlds, she is used to crossing multiple cultures and countries. Born in Singapore, Alaine had her young childhood years in Jakarta and then grew up in Singapore in the expat world, with summers in Sydney and California to visit her relatives. She later went on to live for more than a decade in the US, graduate school in the Swiss Alps, and worked in Brussels. She now splits her time between Singapore and Europe. A bonafide global citizen (or your average Third Culture Kid), Alaine straddles the gap between worlds. Hybrid cuisines and cultures, multicultural ambiguities, international communities and cross-cultural chameleons are commonplace features of her mixed up life. Through diverse careers as a professional contemporary dancer and choreographer, education, events, hospitality, food and beverage, and tourism, she’s had a colorful background. Her hyper-creative brain never stops spinning and she’s always either creating new recipes or choreographing new dances in her head. Alaine loves to host dinner parties and fika afternoons with friends. Being busy in the kitchen and creating delicious somethings for others to enjoy never ceases to put a smile on her face. Once she started adopting fika as a way of life and enjoying a weekly chokladbollar, she wanted to share that small slice of joy with others. The journey of the chokladbollar for Alaine was more than a simple treat. It became a way of life, a way of fika, and a way of embracing ‘just the right amount’ or lagom.

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