My husband's family is Danish and we always enjoy Scandinavian food. We've eaten at Aquavit a couple of times and really loved it. I'm thinking of getting him the cookbook for Valentines' Day. But it looks like a pretty hefty/fancy tome-- maybe more show than go. And the Amazon reviews are uneven at best. So what do you think, Chowhounds? I can get it for a pretty decent price on Amazon. I should also mention that we already have Beatrice Ojakangas's _Scandinavian Cooking_ which I love. It is a classic. I'm considering the Aquavit cookbook for some more unusual dishes and just the souvenir element since we did enjoy our meal there so much.
It's a pretty book--coffetable size, so it would be an attractive souvenir. I have made a couple of things from it--both quite simple but I'm so glad I now know how to do them--aquavit and gravlax.
Since you've eaten there you know that it's high end food--more Scandinavian influenced than traditional cooking. It would give you some dinner party options.
I think it's actually one of the more realistic restaurant cookbooks--reasonable sized recipes and good explanationsof techniques.