cookbook by Tupaarnaq Rosing Olsen. Illustrated by Nina Spore Kreutzmann

In Greenland we have fresh food of the highest quality available to us and we should make full use of it. Because we can buy almost anything today we tend to forget that we have so many opportunities with our own animals, birds, fish and plants.

From the preface of Tupaarnaq Rosing Olsen


the book

Takanna can be translated as “Enjoy your meal” in Greenlandic. Greenland’s nature is rich in fish and clean food – caribou, musk oxen, lamb, seals, whales, birds, fish, mushrooms, berries and other plants. Takanna provides inspiration to use and prepare the ingredients in new and exciting ways. Tupaarnaq Rosing Olsen has collected almost 100 recipes in which she conveys her own and her mother’s love for the Greenlandic kitchen and ingredients.

The book is illustrated by Nina Spore Kreutzmann who, rather unconventionally, has depicted the main ingredients of the recipes in crayon – making an aesthetic whole.

the author

Tupaarnaq Rosing Olsen is a teacher and in Greenlandic culture, history, language and literature from Ilisimatusarfik (the University of Greenland). The last 20 years she has worked in Greenlandic media in different capacities. She is now self employed and has published several books. Read more about her at