Five minutes with…

Bronte Aurell

Brontë Aurell is a Danish entrepreneur, restaurateur and cook. Together with her Swedish husband Jonas, she runs the acclaimed ScandiKitchen Café and shop in central London. A keen cook herself, Bronte has been published widely in national magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times, Sunday Express, Olive, HELLO! and the Evening Standard’s ES Magazine. Brontë and her food have also featured on BBC Radio and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. She lives in London with Jonas and their two young daughters.

What was the last book you read?

“My Grandmother sends her regards and apologies” by Fredrik Back man

I love this book. My 7 year old daughter is also called Elsa. There was a lot of warm moments in this.

And what did you read it on?

Paperback. I prefer paper. There is a smell from real books; I cant get past it.

What’s next on your reading list?

I’m going to read a book about Viking history.

What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?

The Godfather. Yes, still. I know, it’s corny, but it’s true.

Where is the best place to read in London?

I know it is a little odd, but I love reading on the bus. Top deck, at the front, looking over the streets of London. In the rain, ideally. I often miss my stop.

Go on, let us know your musical guilty pleasure…

I share Spotify with my two young daughters, so I don’t have to own up to ANYTHING. I blame it all on them if anyone spies on my awful playlists.

To be honest, my taste is pretty eclectic (That’s a nice word for weird).

What would be the title of your autobiography?

“All she wanted was not to go straight to DVD”

What was your first job?

I worked in a bakery where I ate a lot of the profits.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Meryl Streep. I adore her.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Exactly where I am. I’m writing this from home, where my kids are in bed reading their books and my husband is chatting on the phone to his father and I’m catching up on emails. I’m drinking a cup of Yorkshire tea, the rain is beating down outside and somewhere in the distance, there’s a train with people who are going places. It’s a perfect London evening; I can’t imagine anywhere more perfect for me right now.

Brontë Aurell is taking part in the London Book & Screen Week event Living Danishly: An Evening of Cosiness and Scandi Crime.  See more about this event 

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